The Snack is a small restaurant in the hear of Negombo that caught our attention, because it was full of locals, in the middle of this tourist paradise of consumerism known as Negombo. We went to eat there a few times, prices are almost half of the those in neighboring restaurants for the same plates, but with western décor. The chef cooks outside and you can watch him prepare hoppers, a favorite dish of the country, which are like crepes shaped like a bowl, with an egg in the background. It often accompanies the main dishes. They serve some cold drinks, but not beer. You can ask to go and eat at the nearby beach or eat at the tables outside because there is no room inside. A dinner comes out to less than 2 Euros a head, and one can eat really well here!
So you've been traveling around Sri Lanka for weeks and while rice and curry and hoppers are delicious, maybe you're craving a hearty Western meal washed down by a liter or two of robust German beer. Well, the Bavarian German Restaurant just a few steps from Galle Face Green is a welcome discovery.
The restaurant is surprisingly cozy, full of dark wood tables and secluded booths, and the clientele seems to be a mix of British businessmen, Anglophile Sri Lankans, and the stray tourist looking for a break from the country's potent mix of coconut and spice.
The food is excellent. We ordered the sausage platter and the broccoli/cauliflower pie, a supremely satisfying mix of vegetables and creamy bechemel baked under perfectly crisp crust. The rest of the menu is mainly German and features staples like burgers or roasted pork knuckles with mashed potatoes.
They also have a good selection of beers on tap and you have your choice of everything from a small glass to a hulking 1 liter mug.
The service is fast and friendly and the prices are high for Sri Lanka but still a great bargain, especially considering the quality of the food. If you're feeling homesick in Colombo or just want a break from the curry, the Bavarian Restaurant is an excellent choice.