i was greatly looking forward to the availability of seafood during my time in sri lanka, and galle did not let me down. i had some form of seafood for nearly every meal in town, and it was all so fresh and delicious. today i thought i would give you a brief run-through of the best meals i had during my time inside the fort.
pedlar’s inn cafe x 2.
when i first arrived in the fort, i was soaking wet and starving, so as soon as i dropped my bags in my hostel i set out for food. luckily for me, pedlar’s inn cafe was just around the corner, so i made a beeline straight there. all the outdoor tables were occupied – people tend to sit around longer in the rain – but luckily there was a space inside that i was able to nab. i noticed on the specials board mention of tiger prawns, so that is obviously what i chose, and they were delicious. the little salad on the side and the french fries rounded it out well, and galle and i were off to a pretty great start.
i also had lunch at pedlar’s on my last day in the fort, opting this time for the spaghetti bolognese. i am always a sucker for ordering pasta if it’s on the menu, and after the tiger prawns i had a feeling pretty much anything on the menu would be equally as tasty. i wasn’t quite hungry enough for another go-round with the prawns, and the spaghetti was delicious and the perfect portion size for me.
fortaleza x 2.
this was the find of the trip for me. i stumbled across it while exploring the fort on my first full day in town, and i couldn’t stop myself from wandering in and taking a seat. the inner courtyard was beautiful, and it had such a calm and peaceful feeling to it. that first day i had bruschetta and then the prawns spaghetti for lunch, and it was so good. the pasta was a little on the oily side, but it was yummy. and for dessert i couldn’t pass up the banoffee tarts — and thank goodness, because they were pretty heavenly.
the following night i decided to head back to fortaleza for two reasons: one was that the food was really good and i wanted to try something else from the menu, and two was that i needed to respond to an email and theirs was the best wifi i had found inside the fort. i treated myself to a glass of red wine and the jumbo prawns, and that was hands-down the best meal i had during my time in sri lanka.
[ed note: fortaleza also offers lodging, and judging by the design of the building and the friendliness of the staff i met, it’s probably a nice place to stay. it’s somewhere i would look at if i were travelling with someone]
on my third morning in galle, i woke up to a torrential downpour. it had been raining on-and-off since i had arrived, but this was heavier than it had been and showed no signs of letting up. i knew i wanted to find someplace where i could chill for a few hours and take my time eating while i read my book and watched the rain, and taphouse ended up being perfect, because it was completely empty and i could just hang out for as long as i liked. taphouse is inside the newly renovated dutch hospital in the fort, and it’s got lovely high ceilings, wooden tables and benches, and a jukebox that i was quite tempted by. i settled into a high table by the window, ordered myself some cider, and read for hours. i also ordered a “meat plate” and cuttlefish ‘n chips, both of which were pretty great. taphouse ended up being a great refuge from the rain, and i rather liked it during the day while it was empty and i had the place to myself.
i did eat at a few other places, but these were the standout meals of my time in the fort. i would recommend all of them, but fortaleza was definitely my favourite.
6 thoughts on “eating in galle: my favourite meals.”
I wrote a short-story based in Sri Lanka recently, though I haven’t been: fantastic to see its culinary heart come to life here!
Thanks so much, Justin! The food was really fantastic, especially inside the Galle Fort. You should definitely try to get there one day soon 🙂
Yum, yum, yum!! Galle is one of the highlights of a foodie trip to Sri Lanka – I LOVED the seafood there too!
I’m pretty sure I ate prawns every day!