There isn’t a wealth of restaurants in Polonnaruwa to choose from. There are a couple of cheesy Western remakes like ‘Pizza house’ etc. but I really fancied trying some local food.
Banana Leaf was the perfect place to stop off. It was a beautifully chaotic local diner which provided a Veg and Non-Veg buffet. The language barrier was quite strong here but all that strife was worth it for the mouth watering food!
Firstly they’d plonk a massive helping of rice into the middle of your plate, then you could choose as many little side dishes as you want. This included Beet curry, Pumpkin, Aloo, Paneer etc. You also got Papad which is a like a fried Poppadom and you could choose add ons like a drink or set yoghurt.
As much as I love to eat local, I’m a bit of a sucker for a Coca-Cola so I added this with my meal. Judge me if you want, but I like my home comforts!
It was relatively cheap at around 400 LKR and the owner, once we worked through talking in very loud voices, was such a lovely guy. Really genuine, sweet and cared about his customers. Every local in the area was eating in there so it must be a good thing!
Note: There are no proper eateries in the heritage site itself only snack bars, you have to exit and go to the main town itself for restaurants!