It makes me happy when my friends are open to trying different cuisines with me. I have some friends who will shy away from ethnic food, but I appreciate the friends willing to dive in and give it a shot. In a quest to try something new for dinner, we stumbled upon a Sri Lankan restaurant called Sigiri.
The menu was full of many promising options, but I was unaware of the traditional or popular dishes because I was new to trying this cuisine. After some thought, I settled on the kotthu roti. According to the menu, this is a Sri Lankan road side specialty prepared from doughy pancakes shredded and stir fried with vegetable, onions and egg. I was given the choice of chicken, beef or vegetarian. I ordered the chicken and medium spicy – I was warned not to order spicy here because the food really packs the heat.
The idea of the doughy pancake reminded me of rösti, a Swiss potato dish. When combined with the other ingredients, I felt like this dish was a combination of rösti and fried rice because it had the potato consistency but the flavors of fried rice. I was so thankful I ordered medium spicy because this dish was quite hot.
Although I enjoyed my dish, I wouldn’t go out of my way to eat here again. The food was pretty good and reasonably priced. The service was decent and the place was well-kept, but I didn’t walk away from this meal thinking I needed to eat it again. I’m happy I gained the experience of eating Sri Lankan food for the first time but I wouldn’t make a point to return to Sigiri again.
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