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Posted by Gastronomical Liz on 07/07/2007
Having never tried Sri Lankan food, Sigiri seemed like the perfect gateway towards a new experience, and I'm infinitely glad for it. My friend and I arrived a little after opening and were the restaurant's first customers. We were advised by the waiter that we would have to wait about twenty minutes for our food as it would be prepared upon our ordering it, and I'm all the more glad for it; proves it hadn't been sitting around from the night before :). Both my friend and I ordered the luscious pittu, essentially a coconut rice log with its own personal pitcher of coconut milk: bliss. It paired excellently with my dhal *lentil* curry, which was enticingly spicy, even moreso than the coconut sambol garnish. Yes, the place is small, but with a ceiling adorned with baskets, cute decorations, and a storefront buffet served in giant earthenware pots, I found the atmosphere to be quite enjoyable. Our waiter was kind, courteous to our palates in his constant filling of our water glasses, and non-intrusive. And for the modest price, everything seemed even more worth it. Definitely a winner.
Posted by food_luva on 03/11/2007
we happened to bump into this restaraunt simply because we couldnt find the restaraunt we were looking for, and what a blessing in disguise tht was !!!!!! being indian, i thought i could handle the food but believe me the food knocked me out, it was a killa and i enjoyed it every bit... yes its spicy so this place is not for the faint hearted but if u like fish curry or south asian cuisine, this place is up there... so i know im gonne back and try some more stuff out.
Posted by brooose on 02/22/2007
Never had Sri Lankan food before but love Indian so checked this place out. Delish. Great service and spicy curry -- our waiter saved my burning mouf with some crucial yougart on da house. Grab some Taj Mahals from the deli downstairs, get some Sri Lankan bread (thin and crisp and cooked in a bowl shape) and pretend like youre a Tamil Tiger. Well worth the trip, but if you're an NYU student, don't bother. We don't want none of your kind coming to our good restaurants. ps Ignore the other places on the block. Sigiri has what you need.
Posted by LR on 02/03/2007
We went to Sigiri on a Saturday night at 7:30 and were seated very quickly. Everyone who arrived after us wanting a table for 2 had a very long wait, though. The atmosphere is cozy, but the food is slow in coming out. I suggest having an early dinner or going on a weekday. It is easy to get someone's attention because there is only one path through the restaurant. The food seemed to be hit or miss. First, I should say that I generally like medium spicy food. We started with a gathambar (?) roti appetizer (not on the menu you see here). This was a tasty mixture of beef, potatos, and spices, but it was very spicy, so be forewarned. Our entrees were the kotthu roti and the pork stew. I thought the kotthu roti had excellent flavor. The bits of shredded chicken and roti were a nice combination, but it was already so spicy that I had to skip the spicy sauce that came on the side. Do not order this if you don't have tolerance for spicy food. The pork stew was milder but neither of us liked it. This is not like a thick American stew. It is a small amount of coconut milk in the bottom of the dish, with chunks of pork, a few small tomato pieces, onions, and some kind of mild pepper. When we chose the stew over a curry, we imagined it would have been slowly simmered for several hours, and the meat would be tender. Instead, this meat was very chewy. I thought there were potatos in the stew, because I saw lots of chunks of solid white. Once on my plate, it turned out that these were large pieces of pork fat, with or without a small bit of meat attached to the end. I have had specific Chinese dishes containing large chunks of tendon or fat, but I expected them to be this way so I was not disappointed. The Sigiri stew, however, was disappointing. At least 1/3 of the dish, if not more, consisted of pieces of fat. Perhaps that is the Sri Lankan style for serving this dish, but I will say that this style did not appeal to either of us.
Posted by Sam & Karan on 11/24/2006
We chanced upon this tiny place in the East Village. The food was terrific and really easy on the wallet. It's a BYOB and very conveniently it's situated right above a wine shop! Would def go there again. The decor is relaxing but nothing fancy. This is a great place for a casual night out.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/14/2006
I went to Sigiri with friends and though the food was decent (some items we ordered were good and some were plain boring), the service was just ok. There was only one person attending all the tables which was kind of the problem. The person forgot our rice and made some stupid excuse as to why she didnt bring it on asking her. But all this was still ok.... what really got to me is that this place is really small and everything is really cramped up. So if you dont like tight spaces, I suggest you do a take-out
Posted by djinco on 10/24/2006
My friend and I heard about this place just by looking at menupages. We decided to check it out during lunch, and it was completely empty. Suffice to say service was excellent. We ordered the lunch special, which came with two veggies, basmati rice, a curry (we chose chicken), and dahl. The veggies of the day were string beans and young jackfruit. We ordered the dahl vade (seems like baked and/or fried lentil patties), which came with this ground coconut spread that was out of this world. We also ordered the kotthu roti (w/ beef) - the beef was very tender and the mix of dough, vegetables, and egg was really tasty. We never had jackfruit, but it has the consistency of artichoke hearts and was prepared with a spicy sauce that we found okay. The green beans were overcooked, but cooked with a tasty sauced that made it much better. We ended the lunch with the sri lankan flan, of a unique consistency but also out of this world. The only complaints we have not mentioned are also minor: there were no teas ready yet (at 2pm) and the cordials (concentrated juices) they offered were small. Overall we would go back and would recommend the lunch special and flan.