Rice is useful for marrying two normally incompatible elements, as demonstrated in South Asian cuisine and most wedding ceremonies. Toss confetti to your taste buds with today’s deal for Sri Lankan cuisine at The Curry Leaf Restaurant in downtown Colorado Springs. Choose between the following options:
- For $7, you get $15 worth of dinner fare
- For $5, you get $10 worth of lunch fare
Curry Leaf owner Lana Hillstrom conjures the authentic, curry-infused flavors of her native Sri Lanka within the friendly confines of her Colorado restaurant. Sri Lanka’s cuisine reflects the colonial influences of the Portuguese, Dutch, Indian and Chinese, delighting history buff palates used to studying expired cereals. The restaurant’s menu holds a bounty of unique appetizers such as pappadum, lentil chips served with a sweet and spicy mango chutney ($5.95). The house special, chicken curry distills Sri Lanka’s culinary inclinations into an elegant dish of chicken simmered in a coconut-milk sauce and flavored with traditional spices ($9.95 for dinner; $8.49 for lunch). Deviled meat specials provide spicy beds of sautéed peppers, onions, and herbs for pork, beef, sausage, or shrimp to rest on ($11.49+ for dinner; $9.95+ for lunch), and potato, green bean, or dahl curries (each $5.95 for dinner; $4.49 for lunch) curry to veggie fanatics and lonely soup spoons. Scintillating sips complement Curry Leaf platters with the flavors of Sri Lankan iced coffee ($2.75) and passion-fruit juice ($2.49).
The restaurant is cozy yet uncluttered, with its tastefully adorned walls and charmingly simple place settings designed to spotlight cuisine and utensil puppetry. After the curry fest, patrons unwind tingly taste buds with tropical desserts such as the sweet mango ala mode ($5.49) or the island cake booby-trapped with pineapple, coconut, and caramel ($4.95).
Sri Lanka Curry Leaf Restaurant
Sri Lankan culture incorporates distinctive southern Asian roots along with influences from the various European nations that have ruled it. As a result, the cuisine typically features a mélange of Indian, Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese, and Malaysian flavors. At Sri Lanka Curry Leaf Restaurant, Lana Hillstrom remains true to the flavors of her native Sri Lanka, filling the menu with her country's eclectic cuisine. Pork and sliced mango simmer in aromatic curry, distinguished from familiar Thai or Indian versions by a signature powder that uses 21 fragrant ingredients, according to the Colorado Springs Independent. The rest of the menu includes Sri Lankan interpretations of Asian standards such as chicken tikka, fried rice, and mulligatawny soup.
Channeling the same vivaciousness as the menu, the dining room bursts with color from its sunshine-yellow walls, draped with leafy foliage and imported Sri Lankan rainbows. Framed pictures and woodwork also adorn the walls and add to the room's homey ambiance.