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Malayan Cafe

36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible6%
Travellers talk about
“vadas” (10 reviews)
“rice” (12 reviews)
“curry” (12 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Indian, Cafe, Asian, Sri Lankan, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good place to eat any kind of food. Service is good and the servants are kind. There are lots of delicious food. So go and enjoy!❤️

Thank dinith d
Reviewed 3 days ago

I entered at lunch time and was directed towards the back. Tables and floors were all very dirty, with food leftovers everywhere, very dirty tables and a dirty floor. I could not find one cleanish table. I did not stay for food and left.

Thank Issy09
Reviewed 4 days ago

I went to Malayan Cafe with no expectations and was completely blown away! Great food served in an unpretentious restaurant which is super popular with locals Amazing Thali served on a banana leaf! Get ready to use your fingers! Incredibly delicious and dirt cheap!

Thank MrMolotovMax
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Given the good reviews we went here for lunch. A great experience and be prepared to use your fingers Sri Lanka style. Given that the staff had limited English somehow between head nodding and charades we got exactly what we want and more. 2 meals...More

Thank CatTurnTrav
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went for breakfast what an eye opener. Queues of people waiting to be served, they do heaps of take away as well as eat in. The service was terrific, they helped us choose from what was on display. Such fun to eat at a...More

Thank Bozo C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Decent food rice and curry comes with four vegetables and papadam. Food was decent.... 7 of us ate rice and curry wade had fresh milk as well as few Indian sweets and it cost us 1500 which was quite cheap... place gets super crowded...

Thank savi_4ever
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Oh Really, for authentic Tamil cuisine; enjoy the hustle and expected bustle of this main market street. Smile and smile again to the harried waitress....... then sit back, breathe in and enjoy this authenticity delivered with a grimace to your very own banana leaf. This...More

Thank Walkley123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just a quick one here, this place was a lonely planet recommendation. Not helpful! We could not find any decent coffee inJaffna. I purchased two "with milk" and ended up with two small sickly sweet cups of something, but it wasn't coffee. We won't be...More

Thank Bruce_Andrew_Thomas
Reviewed 17 August 2017

We went this restaurent last week.It's an asian restaurant. Not much clean restaurant and very crowded.Dont take masala dosa because it already cooked and kept in the shelf.But other kind of dosas they will make it for you.Ordered Ghee roast its huge,crispy and tasty.Vada and...More

Thank arulsatch
Reviewed 24 July 2017

I used to visit this place when i was schooling. It was really good. You can see another review of mine down here stating it's good. But it's not the story any more which I confirmed in few more visits after i resettled in Jaffna....More

Thank mahinthan5
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 36-38 Grand Bazaar, Jaffna 40000, Sri Lanka
  • Location: Asia  >  Sri Lanka  >  Northern Province  >  Jaffna
  • Phone Number: +94212222373
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