Ever heard of a Sri Lankan Brunch? Atleast I had not heard of this one before. So when some friends of ours told us about a “Sri Lankan Brunch” at SpeakEasy in Singapore I did not know what to expect. What I had in mind was dosas, idlis, coconut chutneys – something that is traditional South Indian food. (I thought South Indian food owing to Sri Lanka’s proximity to Southern India and the Indian Ocean).
So we went over with some of our friends to SpeakEasy for a “Sri Lankan brunch” one Saturday and I was really surprised (in a good way) with what we were offered. The good part was that our friends were originally from Sri Lanka and they were able to educate us about the food and what it is all about.
The brunch has sides served with the mains. Some of the names of the dishes included Ambul Thiyal (fish curry), Malu Pan (buns stuffed with fish – sardines), Gotukola. There were some chicken mains as well (sort of a curry). The food is influenced with lots of coconut. For dessert there was a pancake roll stuffed with caramelized sugar and coconut. There was some kind of a custard as well which was similar to caramel custard (only sweeter).
The food influenced with coconut and fish but having very different flavors (nothing I have tried before):
The portions were quite small and the brunch is S$ 30 per person so yes it is quite expensive. Also you need to be open minded about the food and be willing to try coconut in varying forms. Be reminded the food is not some diet food since the desserts are very sweet and the food has lots of coconut. So if you are okay with spending S$ 30 on some new food and feel like indulging then it is worth a try.
The dessert that was like a pancake rolled with a sweet coconut filling
One of the desserts: Something like caramel custard
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