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Royal Dutch Cafe

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Cafe, Sri Lankan
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72 Leyn Baan Street fort | Srilank, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
+94 77 177 4949
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent tour by the storyteller. We got 500r for getting the wrong answer on his quiz. Also we saw a monkey jerk off. Remember kids - say no to reheated rice and curry.

2 Thank Ronan W
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

We fell in love with the food, The omelette is delicious. The charm of this place is sure to keep you coming back. The owner is super kind and lovely company.

Thank Anna B
Paris, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

People may come here for the food ( which is delicious) but stay for Fazel. The old owner of this establishment is a natural born story teller and will seduce you with his endless stories and knowledge about Galle... So turn off your smartphone and listen to him...

Thank savask
Den Bosch, The Netherlands
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Had dinner here. The food was very nice and freshly made. Staff is very friendly. The portion size for the curries was a bit small, but then we saw others with noodles and they had very full plates, so perhaps we chose the wrong food. Compared to the rest of Galle this restaurant is cheap! Would go there again!

Thank nienkemyrthe
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Good and reasonably priced restaurants are few and far between in Galle Fort. This place is one of the best I discovered. Everything is cooked from scratch so when busy can be a bit of a wait. Everything we had during 2 meals was great. Owner is an interesting and engaging man too, suspect his walking tours would be fun.

Thank Jamesthescot71
Colombo, Sri Lanka
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Fazal made us delicious curry and took us on a wonderful walking tour of the fort. We learned colonial and recent history, as he pointed to monuments, plants and architecture. I do recommend a morning tour though, because it gets pretty hot in the Fort by midday.

Thank Sabrinanem
London, United Kingdom
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Looks cute, but the roti was awful, crisp to the point it was difficult to bite a bit off. Maybe I just hit a bad roti day as it seems popular on other reviews

Thank 88travelbug88
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 March 2016 via mobile

The food here is outstanding , when busy you may wait a while but knowing everything is freshly done makes it worth while .. Try the egg Masala it will not disappoint . Mr Fazal the old gentleman who owns this small shop/cafe is a legend !

Thank 169mikeb
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2016

We spent the day in Galle and we're looking for afternoon tea. We walked passed this little cafe without really realising it was what can only be described as a mini cafe on the balcony of a privately owned house. On second glance we noticed a little board saying tea and cake. We stopped and had iced tea with a... More 

Thank LOTD366
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 March 2016 via mobile

There is a lot to do and see on the beautifull island of Sri-Lanka. Galle, with its Fort and local market, makes no exception. So, at some point of your trip, you could need a break... And the Royal Dutch Cafe is the perfect place to stop the time and relax. Just sit down at a table of the shadowed... More 

Thank Nicolas A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, Sri Lankan
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 72 Leyn Baan Street fort | Srilank, Galle 80000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Southern Province  >  Galle
  • Phone Number: +94 77 177 4949
Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is a well known story teller about Galle. Serves the "best tea" in town as weel
Owned by Fazal Badurdeen who is well known for his stories about Galle Fort. Serves the "best tea in town" as well as lunch and dinner.

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