Hot & Spicy

If your dull day needs a lift, there’s one way to do it – with spice! And we’ve got a couple of places that will tickle your palate all the right ways.

First is Nilgiri’s in Cremorne, where chef Ajoy has been serving his own style of Indian food with the philosophy of ‘fursat and mohabbat’ – love and patience.


He creates all his dishes with a simple palette of spices, using curry leaves, fennels seeds, pepper, turmeric and cassia in different combinations and with different techniques to amazing effect.


Try the fresh paneer with spices and mint chutney, or the Kozhi Varun – marinated pan-fried chicken to start, then move on the prawns in a green herb sauce, slow cooked lamb cutlets and a rich goat curry, served with freshly made paratha.


Over the bridge in Enmore is Colombo Social, a social enterprise restaurant that uses its profits to help asylum seekers, many of who work there. And for the people who eat there, the spice is right.


Try the soft-shell crab taco, with a spicy sambal mayo, served on roti bread, or the beetroot bajhis to start. Then move onto some more traditional dishes, based on the cooking of owner Shawn’s mum. Her famous Amma’s Dahl is to die for, and the spicy goat curry will really fire you up.


And while you eat good food, you’re doing good for the community at the same time. Win, win!



Nilgiris, Cremorne

Colombo Social, Enmore