Lankan Filling Station opened in 2018 in a narrow converted garage and there’s never been a better reason to hang out in a space where they used to change tires. The menu at this Sri Lankan spot is made up of traditional dishes like sambols and curries, along with creative starters like devilled cashews and crab cutlets. It gets pretty lively, so bring a group of people (they take reservations for six or more), order a bunch of colourful dishes to share, and soak it all up with rice and hoppers (rice-flour crepes).
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Love Tilly Devine
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