The Palmyrah restaurant, reputed for its impeccable traditional Sri Lankan cuisine was recently
re-launched after a full renovation and upgrade of facilities. Located at the Renuka City Hotel,
the Palmyrah is best known for its wide selection of Sri Lankan dishes and authentic Jaffna
specialties. As a part of its re-launch, the Palmyrah announced the introduction of a Lunchtime
Special, offering 25% off on food for bills over Rs. 2,500 when you dine in.
The brainchild of the late Alfred Leo Thambiayah, previous Chairman of Renuka Hotels Ltd, the
Palmyrah restaurant opened in November of 1972, showcasing the extraordinary food of the
north and other regions of Sri Lanka. The preparations of the Jaffna dishes meticulously follow
Thambiayah’s ancestral recipes from Kayts, Jaffna, leaving an indelible mark of authenticity.
Since its inception, the Palmyrah has gained a reputation for being the recommended location
for tourists seeking authentic local cuisine and a favourite amongst Sri Lankans. The
restaurant’s reputation for delivering a genuine Sri Lankan culinary experience has delighted
countless generations of diners and left an undeniable impression.
Focusing on the creation of an elegant and modern dining space with influences from traditional
Sri Lankan culture, the new interiors are calming and neutral; the ideal atmosphere to enjoy
Palmyrah trademark Milk Hoppers, Mutton Poriyal, Jaffna Crab Curry, Fried Fish Pittu and
Odiyal Kool among a host of other dishes. It is advisable to save some space for dessert, as the
Wattalappan or Jaggery Hoppers will satisfy any sweet tooth.
The Palmyrah restaurant has been recognized by Trip Advisor; receiving the coveted
Certificates of Excellence in 2013 and 2015. This is no surprise, as while many restaurants offer
traditional rice and curry, foodies agree that none quite compare to the Palmyrah. The
restaurant offers a wide selection of curries that can be mixed and matched based on the
customer’s preferences to create the perfect meal.
Alfred Thambiayah’s vision has been a success from the start and has borne fruit for 42 years.
The restaurant has enhanced its offering, combining sophisticated gastronomy, excellent
traditional favourites and efficient service to ensure that each diner truly enjoys every single
The Palmyrah lunch offer is available daily until the 30th of June. The restaurant is open from
12noon to 2.30pm for lunch. A prior reservation is recommended and can be made on +94 112
573598. For those looking to savour a wide range of authentic Sri Lankan cuisine this is an
opportunity not to be missed.