colomboCulinary Experience at Upali's Restaurant

Learn the secrets of Sri Lankan delicacies at the famous restaurant Upali's in Colombo.

Culinary Experience at Upalis RestaurentSLDT/1702/Ex05

Why should you book this trip?

  • An opportunity to learn about various Sri Lankan cuisines.
  • Participatory learning on cooking a few dishes with the host David.
  • Acquire knowledge about Sri Lankan spices and it’s various uses.
  • A sit down lunch with the chef after preparation of the meal.
  • The restaurant we host this experience at is located in the heart of the city and could be reached with ease.





43 USD

  1 PERSON   - 54 USD                         


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 Quick Facts

  • Availability – all year around
  • Transfer arrangements to be picked up and dropped off to any preferred location could be provided on request
  • Preferred Starting time: 10 a.m.
  • Duration – 2 to 3 hours
  • Meeting point – pre-arranged meeting point in Colombo 7
  • Children 6 to 12 years of age will be charged 50%


You will meet

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David Cruse

David Cruse has a total of an amazing 35 years of experience in the hospitality industry. After 26 years of pouring beer and wiping tables at the Knox Tavern in Australia, David and his wife Cathy sold the pub they owned and moved back to Sri Lanka.

During their spell in Melbourne, the Cruse family was well known among the Knox City community and has been long-time sponsors of several sporting clubs in and around the area. The family maintained close ties with the Sri Lankan community of Melbourne and regularly hosted the Sri Lanka national cricket team at their pub.

The Knox Hotel in Wantirna South, Melbourne was a tavern and function centre, a Sri Lankan hearth for many of our cricketers. David and Cathy also hosted several successful fundraising events at the Tavern, and having moved to Sri Lanka, their philanthropic nature hasn’t changed.


Included in the price

  • Participatory demonstration on cooking an authentic Sri Lankan meal
  • A sit down lunch with the chef after preparation of the meal
  • All Government taxes and service charges



  • Extra food and beverages consumed
  • Transportation to and from the restaurant
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Any others expenses not mentioned in ‘Price Inclusions’ section



Tour in brief 

Sri Lanka is an island nation which loves its food. From the wide range of staples to the spicy curries to the sweets to street food, Sri Lankan cuisine is full of flavour and variety. With so many dishes to choose from, it is no wonder that there are so many fans of Sri Lankan food the world over.

Upali’s by Nawaloka is one of the hottest new Sri Lankan restaurants in town. In collaboration with Sri Lanka Day Tours, it provides a Sri Lankan culinary experience, where you will be introduced to a wide range of Sri Lankan dishes and how to prepare them.

At the heart and soul of Sri Lankan cuisine is a range of spices. The intricacies of these spices and their use will be daunting at first, but the expert chefs at Upali’s will guide you along in the process.

A history of Sri Lankan cuisine will be given, including the influences that Sri Lanka’s cuisine has had from foreign cuisines. The chefs will introduce you to Sri Lankan staples such as string hoppers, hoppers, roti, and pittu, and what accompaniments go best with each of them. You will be taught how to identify spices, and how to spice up dishes before firing up the stove.

Learn to roll rotis, mix your own sambol (relish), and spice your own curry just the way you like it. At the end of the cooking experience, everyone will sit down together and have an authentic feast, because the Sri Lankan food experience is better when it is shared.

Each workshop offers a completely unique dish, so you can choose to take it more than once.


  • Lightweight clothes and safety and non-slip shoes should be worn during the program


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thanks for arrnaging everything, it was really a great weekend and particularly the guide was excellent. He has so much knowledge and could explain everything very well. All went very smooth on time without any delay.

 Franz Gruener – Germany - JUL 16


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