Restaurant review

Karpaha Sands in Kalkudah, Sri Lanka – Travel Weekly

Travel Weekly was recently fortunate enough to experience the warm Sri Lankan hospitality of the team at Karpaha Sands, located along a 15km pristine beach on the country’s east coast.

The resort is incredibly secluded, and as such most guests dine exclusively at the restaurant and bar, which offers stunning ocean views, calm sea breezes, and an exciting array of dining options.

The restaurant menu features local ingredients and fresh seafood, including shrimp, lobsters, crabs and fish caught by fishermen pulling their nets right in front of the resort. We loved the locally caught fried sprats with curry leaves. With an exciting mix of European, traditional Tamil and Sinhalese cuisine available, all tastes are catered for and all executed very well.

The resort also grows its own organic fruits and vegetables, including mushrooms, ladyfingers, ginger, peanuts, which feature in a number of their dishes.

We ate breakfast and dinner in the restaurant, but opted to eat lunch by the pool most days, allowing the kids to eat between swims. The children’s menu is very well designed with a huge range of options and dishes that will suit the pickiest of eaters. Our nine year old ate the mini beef burger for three out of four lunches.

Next to the restaurant is also a games room, library and TV room so the little ones can be entertained while mom and dad finish dinner.

The restaurant menu is available for in-room dining, or the resort can arrange a romantic dinner for two (or three!) on the beach, under swaying coconut trees. There is also a focus on bespoke dining experiences, so if you want a beach BBQ under the stars or a packed picnic for a day trip, they can do it!

In terms of overall menu design, Karpaha Sands famous seafood platter for two is very impressive and the desserts were both delicate and delicious. Their fresh juices and cocktail selection of classics or special spice and herbal concoctions are among the best in Sri Lanka and they have a detailed and thoughtful wine list.

Overall we found the restaurant and bar to offer an excellent selection of food and drink to suit all palates and would have no hesitation in recommending this hotel to anyone wishing to experience Sri Lanka with a touch of luxury.

You can also find our property review here.


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