Sri Lankan restaurants are on the rise in London and leading the way is Hoppers. They are celebrating their first birthday this month but despite being relatively young, they’ve garnered up quite a following. Even Jay Rayner – who hates queuing, has stated on record that he was glad to have queued just for a taste of the fermented rice and coconut milk pancakes.
To make their birthday that much more special, Hoppers have recently been awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Think of Bib Gourmand as a Michelin star, but for restaurants with a slightly friendlier price tag; only 15 restaurants in London received the award this year. So to celebrate all this, Hoppers are hosting a traditional home-style Sri Lankan feast and they’re even allowing you to book, i.e. none of those ridiculous queues!
They’ve curated a menu just for the event with dishes such as beef shortrib and parsnip rolls or masala fried mackerel. Of course, they’ll be serving the very thing the restaurant was named after – bowl shaped rice and coconut pancakes, which are served with a multitude of things. To end, for one night only, Hoppers are bringing back a spiced coconut dessert, known as the Watalappan. If the fiery flavours aren’t enough on their own, there are plenty of cocktails to accompany. An exclusive drinks menu, showcasing showcase Sri Lankan spirits, Ceylon Arrack and Colombo No. 7 gin, has been created by Ryan Chetiyawardana, who has previously been named “world’s best bartender”.
For sugar, spice and all things Sri Lankan, we’ll see you at Hoppers.