Following a string of highly successful pop ups, modern Sri Lankan restaurant Paradise has finally settled on Rupert Street, Soho. The interior is minimalistic with exposed concreate walls and low lighting, with a mixture of both banquettes and bar side dining options. Owner Dom Fernando takes inspiration from his Family home in Sri Lanka, with the food drawn together by Chef Charith Priyadarshana who is formally of Lords Cricket Ground. The menu offers sharing plates and mains split into veg, land and sea and focuses on using British produce throughout.
Stand out dishes are the yellow cod curry, perfectly cooked fish covered in a smooth coconut sauce, devilled prawns which pack a serious punch and mutton shoulder rolls, which were accompanied by a spicy fermented chilli. But it doesn’t stop there, the desserts are exceptional and defiantly worth saving room for! With only a choice of three its not hard to order them all. From buffalo milk ice cream with a nutty praline, chocolate chilli tart or a light coconut and lime sorbet, none disappointed.
The food is accompanied by an interesting cocktail list, again inspired by Sri Lankan flavours, including a Rampe Martini. This take on the classic, combined Colombo No7 gin, noilly prat and coconut vinegar was a hit!
Sri Lankan cuisine is on the up in London with the opening of Hoppers third and largest site early in March and Kombala on Kingly Street. However, from the dishes and drinks to the design of the restaurant, Paradise shows off the best that Sri Lankan food has to offer.
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