Savan’s written a list of ‘Immortal’ restaurants for yamu.lk. These are Colombo institutions which have been around forever. The main article is a historical reminisce with links to reviews and deets on the individual restaurant. There have already been a lot of comments here on what the Immortal restaurants are, feel free to also comment on YAMU itself.
Here are a few bites from the article itself. What’s striking is that what makes a restaurant immortal isn’t necessarily quality, though none of them are bad. It’s really more of a sustained and comforting mediocrity.
It’s a familiar and even sought after mediocrity that keeps patrons coming back. None of these establishments ever reached or even aspired to reach heights of culinary refinement, but they also never plowed depths of tastelessness and poor value. (Colombo’s Restaurant Immortals)
Of all the things we’ve deemed Immortal, Beach Wadiya is the only one that I think is actually great. Maybe Flower Drum, for the chili paste. What do you think?