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New Sri Lankan Restaurant on Bay St. in Staten Island--Lakruwana

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New Sri Lankan Restaurant on Bay St. in Staten Island--Lakruwana

Anna S-R | Dec 11, 2005 11:40 AM

Hi,

Last night we went to this new restaurant. It's a small place on Bay Street near Hannah (the location used to have Taste of Morocco, and Bordeaux before that). They had been open a few years ago on Victory Blvd, but closed and were replaced by Sunshine Restaurant. The new Lakruwana has been open for 3 weeks now, but I don't think many people know about it yet. We were one of only two couples in the place. There are maybe 15 tables, and they've done a nice job of decorating it.

The food was really good. We had the mixed appetizer plate, which held 4 appetizers: a breaded and fried spring roll and three little patties (one of potato, one of chick peas, I think, and a third one that I don't remember the ingredients of). Came with three sauces, a green one, a red one, and a chutney-type one that had pineapple, onion, and chilies. For entrees, the hub. had prawn kottu roti, which is a molded plate of mixed vegetables and bits of this shredded pancake thing, with the prawns on top and a sauce that's spooned over. I had a plate of mixed vegetable curry (9 vegs), I forget the exact name of the dish. Both were freshly prepared and very tasty, as well as nicely presented. We were too full for dessert, but there were about 4 or 5 listed. The mango mousse had looked appealing.

The service was friendly, attentive, and quick. They don't seem to have a liquor license, but you can BYO. Prices are very reasonable: entrees range from ca. $9 to maybe $14. And there seem to be a lot of different choices, including curries, "lamprie," hoppers. The owner (who served us) told us that on Sundays they have a 15-course buffet for $10--looking forward to checking that out soon. And amazingly, the chef (who's co-owner) came out and recognized us from the old restaurant, which as I said, closed a few years ago.

I think that this place is an excellent addition to the neighborhood, and I'm writing to encourage locals to come and support it. Disappointingly, the last two places in this location have closed. It would also be a good place to go to for Manhattanites and/or their out-of-town visitors who want to go somewhere after the lovely ferry ride. This place is not far at all from the ferry terminal--about a 15-20 minute walk or a 5-minute (or less) bus ride. (Also, street parking is available for drivers :)

Best, Anna

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