Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice


I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Sri Lankan food at Ale and Spice in Balham. I decided to stay near home and support the local community businesses. Ale and Spice is located on the quiet side of Bedford Hill, which might explain why it was so quiet. Not sure if it gets busier on the weekends, but on this Wednesday evening, we were the only eaters there.

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice

We settled for the poppadums with mango chutney as a starter leaving all the more space to pig out on mains. According to the menu thali is the typical Sri Lankan way to enjoy food as it is a great way to try out a few different dishes. Kind of like Sri Lankan tapas, I suppose.

I went for a fried aubergine salad tossed with onions and tomato pieces and masala spices. I also had the kanavai which were little pieces of fried squid, marinated in a rich and very spicy sauce. My third thali dish was a beef stew with a yogurt based gravy spiced up wth garlic, ginger, chilli, cashew, raisins and finished with crème fraiche.

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice

I also tried the utterly spice, devilled pulled pork thali and the chicken lanka my friend ordered. We also ordered a side of estate rice, which was white rice tossed with bits of jack fruit, raisins and cashew nuts and a cheesy naan bread.

The three little pots the food came in, didn’t look like much at first, but I wasn’t able to finish mine and ended up taking a doggy bag home. Keeping the Sri Lankan foodie experience going till the next day lunch.

I thought the food was amazing and slightly different from your regular curry house. I guess the spices used in Sri Lankan dishes are what make them authentic. It do hope this place gets enough punters to stay around, as they do know how to cook awesome food.

Sri Lankan Food at Ale and Spice

We didn’t stay on for dessert, but headed to the (in)famous Bedford Pub where things were slightly more lively.

Next week: Bangladesh!

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8 comments:

  1. I loved Sri Lankan food when we were there last summer (can't believe it's been a year already!) so I'll need to add this to my list of restaurants to visit!

    Lauren xx
    The Lifestyle Diaries

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    1. Aaah you know I have never been and I would love to go. One day.

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  2. I think it's great your supporting your local community, especially when the food looks THAT good! I don't think I've ever had Sri Lankan before, but thali sounds like such a good way to try lots - which all sound incredible, btw! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea's Passions

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    1. I love going to local places that are not part of a chain. Independent is the way to go I think. :-)

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  3. Oh this sounds amazing, hopefully it does get busier over the weekend as these little local places deserve it. x

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    1. I agree. Most of the time they don't make it because a big chain swoops into the neighborhood and kills the local atmosphere. I love independent shops and eateries.

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  4. I've never tried Sri Lankan food before but it looks delicious. I love the sound of pulled pork talli.
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    1. It was as delicious as it looks and sounds.

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