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- Restaurants, Takeaway / Fast Food, Caterers
- Free On-Street
- Price Range:
- Cheap, Under $15
- Good For Groups:
- Good For Children:
- No BYO
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- Dietary Restrictions:
- Dairy-free, Halal, Gluten-free
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- Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Reviews for 7 Siri – Taste of Sri Lanka
10th May 2014
This is quite a cute little restaurant and as far as I know the only of its kind in Auckland! The people that run the place are absolutely lovely! The food was delicious and the prices are very reasonable.
25th March 2014
Always leave this place feeling so full for such a good price. The ‘happy healthy’ kind of full too. Their food has so many intricate flavours and every little component of the dish stands out. Their Idi Appa Kottu is my go-to. The staff are friendly and helpful and really love to share their knowledge of Sri Lankan food. They make me smile every time! The little crumbed curry rolls are also a must.
by Hannah S.
14th February 2014
Absolutely the tastiest food I had for a very long time. We had a takeaway but would definitely eat in there. Very clean and quaint. The hostess/chef was very pleasant and although she was serving as well as cooking she did a fantastic job.
The food was very authentic. I recommend the lump rice, the prawn curry and the Sri Lankan style fried rice. But wouldn’t be afraid to try anything on the menu after our experience
10th January 2014
Tasty food! Although I wouldn’t recommend the egg roti – it’s very eggy, but I guess I should have expected that…
Lumprice was yum. Would be interested in purchasing some of the funky Sri Lankan soft drinks lined up on the counter, but it wasn’t clear if these were decoration or actually on offer…
5th January 2014
On a recent trip up to Auckland, we decided to give it a try and it was well worth it. The place looks really nice considering the size of the place. The couple who own and run the place are very friendly and enthusiastic about their food. The prices are really cheap and the food has so much flavour. I will be coming here again.
by Laura N.
19th December 2013
We come here quite a bit, the vegetarian lump rice is amazing! You can see the roti being made in front of you. Both dining in and takeaway are nice. Owners are very friendly and helpful if you dont know what to order.
29th September 2013
As a Sri Lankan I’m appalled at how the owner over charges his customers for meals. I called in for an order and asked him the price he quoted the incorrect amount when I specifically repeated the amount to the owner and when I asked him why is it more when my calculation was correct.
To make matters worse the owner deliberately hung up on the customer when asked why he over charged the customer.
This isn’t the FIRST time he’s done this and I’m extremely disappointed. I will never go to his restaurant again. And will make sure to let others know.
by Karen R.
21st August 2013
My favourite thing here was the ambience of the restaurant and the character of the owners. The food was also very enjoyable.
Came here on the Sandringham Spice Tour.
I would definitely be keen to come back and try some of the “Appa”, which are gluten free – so could bring my sister with ‘coeliac disease’ for something different and tasty!
We were served a mutton curry roll, which would have been fabulous for a mutton lover, and had other members of the group really loving it – though I’m more of a vege-fan myself.
The talk by the owner, was entertaining, and the actual décor and coziness of this authentic Sri Lankan restaurant was really great.
by Francesca d.
16th May 2013
What a gem of a place!
This was my first time experiencing Sri Lankan cuisine and I was not disappointed. The food is fresh, traditional and most importantly, tasty.
The staff were very friendly and helpful in recommending and suggesting dishes. I had the Egg Kottu and it was phenomenal, it was packed full of wonderful flavours, and not too spicy, as I had requested.
And to top it off, $13 for that huge, amazing dish?! Not bad at all! I’d highly recommend 7 Siri and I’ll be back very soon for the Crab Curry!
by Deena Y.
10th March 2013
We had the lump rice, a couple of rotis and something called kottu roti which is chopped cabbage, chicken, spices and bits of roti stir fried together. This came out first and tasted not too bad. When my lump rice came out a little while later I opened up the package to see an assortment of items sitting on a pile of yellow rice. It certainly looked appetising but…it was overwhelmingly dry. I was expected an explosion of flavour in my mouth after reading so many positive reviews on this site. Every item on the plate was dry, even the chewy lamb or beef pieces which appeared to have been cooked in gravy were dry. I was looking forward to the chutney coming out with the roti we ordered for some well needed saucing, but this was dry too!
The other problem was the timing of the meals, I think this is something obvious and easy for restaurants to get right – don’t leave one patron empty handed while their counterpart is munching down their meal.
I’m giving this place 3 stars because I’m not sure what Sri Lankan food is supposed to taste like. Perhaps they’ve hit the nail on the head, and if so then it’s just not my bag.
26th January 2013
First time trying Sri Lankan food and I’m glad my husband and I stopped in at 7 Siri!!
The food was fantastic!! I was very surprised how filling the meal was but it didn’t leave me feeling heavy like other cuisines can do.
The food was largely dairy and gluten free which was nice to find out. It can be hard to find places that have great tasting food that is gluten and diary free.
The service was very warm and welcoming and they helped explain the menu. They were very helpful in suggesting dishes that would give us an authentic taste of Sri Lanka.
’7 Siri’ will definitely be my go to place when I need a Sri Lankan fix.
22nd September 2012
We drove around looking for a place to eat. We stopped out side 7Siri and had a look and went in. Probably one of the best dining choices we have made in a long long time. Full of flavours and very filling. We will return.
26th August 2012
Not bad – Love their version of briyani rice (which is quite different from what you’d get from Top in Town or Paradise) – flavourful and very generous with the ingredients. This was the lump rice, by the way.
The owner (I presume) was friendly and kind enough to bring us through the menu and even threw in some free papadoms – so that was pretty cool customer service.
20th July 2012
Went there last night and had a delicious lump rice and my partner a BBQ style dish. The service was wonderful and the lovely man talked us through the entire menu which was great as we have never had Sri Lankan food before. Very impressed with the whole evening. The food was exciting and full of flavour. They cater well for vegetarians and those on gluten free diets. We will definitely be back here again, a great little restaurant!
9th June 2012
Lump Rice was beautifully presented in a banana leaf as others have pointed out. Some good flavours here, but found everything a little sweet. The vegetarian curry and rice we ordered were the same curries as in the Lump Rice, i.e. eggplant, potato and coconut. We also ordered the Roast Chicken Kottu Roti, which had shredded roti and vegetables on a sizzling platter, which again looked better than it tasted, reminiscent of sweet and sour sauce. Ginger teas were watery and slow to arrive. Staff were friendly and restaurant had great atmosphere (though only 4 tables), but am tempted to give only 2 stars because there were plastic flaps in place of a door, making the place was absolutely freezing, especially when someone comes in or out (frequent occurrence because of takeaway orders).
14th April 2012
This is the best Sri lankan restaurant in New Zealand! we had the most amazing food and the service was fantastic too. They were all very lovely and helpful.
The Lump Rice is a must try!
Please go and try it out! i’m sure you won’t be disappointed.
14th February 2012
Had takeaways from Taste of Sri Lanka tonight, absolutely wonderful authentic Sri lanka. We are a young couple living in the area and will certainly be back to try more of this delicious food. We had Lump Rice wrapped in banana skin with 3 different types of curries, absolute devine. Also cheese Roti and chicken Roti which was also wonderful. I rang our order through on the phone and when we went to pick it up the staff were very friendly. Well deserved 5 stars…we will be back.
by mark b.
10th February 2012
Best Sri lankan food I’ve tasted in NZ.. anyone wants to try or dying for some Sri lankan food this is the place to be..Can’t wait for my family to come up to auckland from Hami to try the food and lovely staff aswell..allways welcoming.. cheers guys
14th May 2011
Great Sri Lankan food and so far the best Sri Lankan restaurant in Auckland. This restaurant is owned by Sri Lankans so the food is authentic. I ordered Kottu and Appa for my family and they were yummy. Recommended to all.!
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