This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.
This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.
Where Can You Find Sri Lankan Food in L.A.?
It was Sunday night when a friend of LAist texted us an invite to a small ad hoc fundraiser at Handmade Galleries in Sherman Oaks. "Come by," he wrote, "vegan sri lanka food." Having enjoyed Tara's Himalayan Cuisine on Venice Boulevard in the past, this opportunity for a new food couldn't be passed.
After 2004 tsunami devastated a number of countries around the Indian Ocean, a group of ten Sri Lankans living in Southern California got together with the help of the Sarathchandra Buddhist Meditation Center in North Hollywood to find a way to assist. Aid poured in from all over the world initially, but their small organization, the Sri Lanka Tsunami Relief Fund, is a long-term project. Currently, its goals are two fold: one is to help keep parentless children with extended families instead of orphanages and the other is to assist in rebuilding schools--last year they funded two computer labs.
Kanthi and Gamini Edirisinghe of Carson are part of that committee and to help out, they created Sunday night's fundraiser dinner. The food, to say the least, was quite amazing leaving us wanting to explore more, which prompted us to ask, "where can one get more Sri Lankan food in Los Angeles?" There's only two, they said. There's Curry Bowl in Tarzana and Wadiya in Anaheim. For ingredients, there is a grocery store, also in Tarzana, called Sri Lankan Delight and the large Indian Sweets & Spices in Atwater Village has an aisle dedicated to the country.
For those who keep lists of restaurants to check out, these might be worthy of adding.
Update: Twitter user theminty lets us know of another Sri Lankan restaurant. Priyani Oriental Cafe is in Northridge.
Cruise off the highway and hit locally-known spots for some tasty bites.
Los Angeles-based restaurant owners rejoice as a new ordinance makes its way to the city council.
The new season of LAist Studios' WILD podcast is a fictional rom-com set in Southeast L.A. Diners play a big role in fostering conversation between the shows' two hosts this season. Here are host Erick Galindo's must-visit L.A. diners — whether you like breakfast or not.
The new season of LAist Studios' WILD podcast is a fictional rom-com set in Southeast L.A. Donuts play a big role in episode two of the show. Here are some of our favorite, wildly creative, and iconic donut shops in Los Angeles.
Cheap Fast Eats, Koreatown After Dark! Asian American Pizza, Hot Cheeto-Encrusted Corn Dogs And MoreCheap Fast Eats visits one of L.A.’s most distinctive neighborhoods for some nighttime bites.
How to get the best eggs in town without leaving your yard.