Sri Lankan food offers a vivid array of flavour combinations: caramelized onion relish, sour lime pickle and curries infused with exotic spices tamed with coconut milk. The tear-drop shaped island which floats in the Indian Ocean is unapologetically flavourful in their cuisine with smells of cardamom, cloves, coriander and cinnamon providing the baseline for dishes.
Inspired by his ‘Amma’, Matthew Witter and partner Hellen Pak have crafted a menu to provide an authentic, spicy and traditional Sri Lankan culinary experience.
Devilled Shrimp $8
Sweet and devilishly spicy; full of complex flavour. Shrimps stir fried, infused in pandan leaves, ginger, cinnamon and chunks of red onion
Manel’s Negombo-Style Chicken Curry $12
A traditional Sri Lankan spicy chicken curry infused with garlic, spices, tomatoes and coconut milk for an aromatic experience. Served with basmati rice.
Dhal Curry $12
A beautiful bright yellow dhal. Tastes of cumin and coconut give it a traditional and creamy taste. Tempered with onions, tomatoes and dried red chillies. Served with basmati rice.
Beetroot and Coconut Curry $12
The tender earthiness of the beets contrasts perfectly with the sweetness of the coconut milk. Served with basmati rice.
Veg Combo $14
Beet Curry + Dhal + rice
Chicken Combo $16
Chicken + Beet Curry + Dhal + rice
Banana Bread $6
With a creamy coconut ice-cream and mango.
Small Prix Fixe $25
Shrimp + 1 Curry + Dessert
Large Prix Fixe $28
Shrimp + Curry Combo + Dessert
Being born in the UK to parents of Sri Lankan and Guyanese origin influenced Matthew’s desire to fuse spices from across the continents. Helen’s family background originates from South Korea before moving to live in Mongolia. Over the years, both have spent time with aunties, uncles, cousins and friends learning new recipes and cooking techniques of the sub-continent. They have recently launched a catering company, Spice and Co., and are looking to showcase this to the Toronto culinary world.
Follow them on Instagram at @spiceandco_to
Every Thursday The Depanneur is an ‘open mic’ night for culinary talent in TO, where we invite guest cooks, amateur or professional, to come and make their favourite dishes.