A few chairs and tables, a wooden rooftop and a 4-sided menu. It does not take much to create the perfect restaurant – if you genuinely care about your guests.
Namal cares. When you enter his restaurant, The 20 year old restaurant owner greets you with a big smile. He sits you, hands you the menu and asks you what you would like to drink. The magic starts to happen when he walks towards the kitchen, where is mother is preparing the next delicious curries. He does not just walk straight to it, he stops at every table lying in the way. Are you happy with the food? Can I bring you some more? Where are you going? How are you going? Do you want to try this? Namal maintains a constant dialogue with each of his guests sitting at one of his 9 tables every night.
Getting to know Sri Lanka
We have been at Namal’s place many times. Not only because the food was great, but because we wanted to continue our discussion from the past day. We have probably learned more of Sri Lanka in this restaurant then while traveling around. Treating every guest that way each day, only works with genuine care.
Namal says he always aims at offering the best service in town. His dad goes fishing at night, while is mother cooks and nurtures the garden, where most of the vegetables and fruits used are coming from. If something is missing, he quickly jumps on his bike to buys he missing ingredients.
There are many good restaurants out there. But genuine care is rare and makes experiences unforgettable. We found it in Tangalle, Sri Lanka by chance. And just wanted to say thank you.
Make sure to visit Namal if you are around