Affordable and eclectic Sri Lankan food served with a twist
And now a new Asian restaurant in London is preparing to draw on that
nostalgia with a mixture of authentic South Asian dishes prepared
swiftly at a cost that would put the Saver Menu at McD’s to shame; both
in terms of flavourful variety and price. ‘Ammi’s Curry in a Hurry’ on
Kilburn High Street launched 21st January and will serve up a myriad
array of curries, mains and ‘Short Eats’ as they are called in Sri
Lanka; from such stables as mutton rolls and fish cutlets to ‘Ammis
Chicken Curry’ – prepared according to an age old recipe concocted by
Ammi dearest and handed down the generations – and Kottu Roti; the
ultimate in Sri Lankan street food.
The concept is the brainchild of Niroch Fernando, a graduate of
Corden Bleu and a chef formerly attached to no less a corporate culinary
behemoth as Caprice Holdings who, not content with forging a career
with the company behind such gastronomic institutions as Daphne’s, Jay
Sheekey, Scott’s and Le Caprice, decided to up sticks and return to his
roots. Niroch says, “I grew up partly in Sri Lanka and my taste in food
has always been coloured by the eclectic dishes of Sri Lanka and the
amazing food cooked at home by my mother and father. The most amazing
thing about Sri Lankan food however is the fact that every single person
has their own, unique interpretation about how to prepare and serve any
of the numerous dishes that make up Sri Lankan cuisine. My intention
is to put my own twist on these amazing dishes”.
And in a move that will no doubt be welcomed by Sri Lankans as well
as all Londoners, the menu at ‘Ammi’s Curry in a Hurry’ also features
some surprising delights long associated with mothers in Sri Lanka
including Iced Coffee and Chocolate Biscuit Pudding, here made with dark
chocolate as opposed milk chocolate and to exquisite effect as well.
And to boot, the menu will indeed not burn a hole in your wallet,
especially in these straitened times.
Sri Lankan restaurants in London are among the most disappointing in
the capital, weighed down by a lack of competition and a resultant
dearth of innovation or excitement about food preparation and service.
It is a great shame, particularly given the fact that Sri Lanka boasts
such great culinary traditions.
At first glance and in a seemingly single sweep, ‘Ammi’s Curry in a Hurry’ is set to change the entire landscape.
- Vijitha Alles