Bringing the best of Sri Lanka to Sydney’s inner east, is the Lankan Filling Station. O Tama Carey is at the helm after establishing herself at some of Sydney’s best restaurants, and now leaves us no doubt that she is a force to be reckoned with. Nestled into the tiny side streets in Darlinghurst, aromatic spices will transport you directly to the Indian subcontinent as soon as you walk in the door. The Lankan Filling Station is a place where your taste buds rule and you can worry about the mess later.
Choose a hopper (think savoury pancake-like edible bowl); then a sambol (think dip). Then choose from the delicious assortment of curries on offer, perhaps also a dahl and some vegetables and you have yourself a brilliant example of a Sri Lankan meal. She may not always following tradition with her cooking, but with the best of Sri Lankan flavours are at the heart of every dish, and the results are mouth wateringly good. Whether you come for a snack or stay for a feast, the memory of those flavours will have you wanting to come back again and again.
If you can, make your way there on one of their famous Crab Sundays. On the last Sunday of every month, Sri Lanka’s famous spicy crab curry takes the centre stage. With the freshest of fresh Australian crabs, this deliciously creamy curry will most definitely leave an impression. Served with an assortment of sides, this fixed priced feast will be a meal for the history books.