MELBOURNE | Serendib is a Sri Lankan restaurant in Northcote, the result of a chance decision leading to an unexpected outcome. I was recently invited to check it out.
Owner Dilip Kithulguruge owns a fish and chip shop in Kingsbury. A little while back, he started introducing Sri Lankan street food specials to the menu. They were a hit with customers, so much so that Dilip made the decision to open a restaurant wholly dedicated to Sri Lankan food
The food at Serendib is offered buffet style. Around 25 dishes on rotation, all freshly cooked, catering to all dietary requirements. A vibrant assortment of rice and curries, condiments, and daily specials. And at $25 a head, all you can eat, it’s a steal.
Expect things like dhal, beetroot curry, kotthu roti, tempered potatoes, saffron rice, papadums, and spicy chutney. Be sure to order the single dessert on the menu, watalappam. It’s a rich, crème caremel-like jaggery and cardamom custard.
There’s no alcohol on the menu, but you can order sodas and mango lassi.
76 High Street
Tue – Sun: 11:30am to 3:00pm; 5:00pm to 9:30pm