Sri Lankan food in Madrid: Good Asian food at last!

Asian Food, Diego de Leon, Eating out & Madrid Restaurants

by Ben Curtis

Sri Lankan food in MadridWhat, did someone mention good Asian food in Madrid? Surely not? Oh yes, it’s true my friends, at last we have found somewhere to eat really fine Asian cuisine in the capital. We know that the Indian restaurants in Madrid aren’t up to much, and I’m still looking to find a decent place that serves Thai, but never mind: Sri Lankan food is the way forward!

Sabor de Ceilán, at C/ Alonso Heredia, 9 (map) is run by a Spanish lady and her Sri Lankan husband, both effortlessly nice, and if you are feeling lazy, excellent English speakers. They are in the great position of being able to offer a mixed lunchtime menu of both Sri Lankan and Spanish dishes at the same time. We ate here at night, again with a very reasonably priced set menu, and went Sri Lanka all the way down the line, in my case starting with wonderful spring rolls, followed by a generous plate of beef curry with all the trimmings. You have to remember to ask them to add the spice – the dishes are normally toned down for Spanish tastes. Desert was a slightly inventive ginger and choclate cake (I might go for the Brownie next time), followed up by a complimentary liquer (I always go Spanish here and hit the Pacharan). Definitely worth the trip over to Diego de Leon.


Comment from Ray Campbell
Date: April 2, 2007, 8:35 pm

I can second the recommendation – good food at a very reasonable price.

Comment from Damian
Date: April 2, 2007, 10:27 pm

I don’t know if it’s GOOD Thai, but there’s a Thai restaurant between Sol and Opera. I’m not in Madrid to say where it is, but looking at the map, it might be on Hileras, Fuentes or Bordadores.


Comment from graeme
Date: April 3, 2007, 2:00 pm

I think you are referring to Bangkok, which is just off the Calle Arenal. I went there quite a long time ago and it was fine without being stunning. I like Siam in San Bernadino.

Comment from ben
Date: April 4, 2007, 7:46 am

Yes, Bangkok is OK, but I think Siam is probably better, though it’s years since I’ve been…

Comment from Amy
Date: April 9, 2007, 7:04 pm

Well, it’s on the expensive side but Thai Gardens down by Serrano is really great. I know it’s a chain but it’s beautiful and the food is delicious!!!

Comment from Marina
Date: April 11, 2007, 10:20 am

That is true! We were there ages ago for a romantic supper. I can’t really remember what was the food like but I remember the restaurant was beautifully decorated with little fountains and the sound of running water always in the background.

Comment from ValenciaSon
Date: April 14, 2007, 11:01 am

I bet the running water sound keeps the bathrooms busy ;)