Reviews for 7 Siri - Taste of Sri Lanka
by Amy Webb
7 days ago
Sandringham seems to be the place to go for cheap & tasty food and 7 Siri falls perfectly into that category. They seem to be the only (I may be wrong) Sri Lankan restaurant in Auckland.
7 Siri is tiny, with only 3 tables to sit at, but extremely cozy. The ambience is fantastic when it's dark outside and you're in a small warm area. We started the night off with ginger tea and curry puffs. The tea was quite spicy and smelt amazing. The puffs were very flaky and were stuffed full of veges.
I ordered the vegetarian lumprice & my bf ordered chicken biryani. We also ordered the flaky roti. The meals were both very big and authentic. I was quite excited how mine was in a 'parcel' that I got to unwrap. There were multiple vege curries with rice inside.
We shared the biscuit pudding to finish which was quite rich but refreshing after all the spicy food we had. The two owners came out to talk to us about their food & they explained how they try hard to make their food taste homemade. The seemed genuinely interested to know that we enjoyed everything.
Overall, such a great experience. Totally understandable that they have had 3 Meteo cheap eats awards! We will definitely be back, so many tempting options on the menu!
4 months ago
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.
5 months ago
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 Shaw
7 months ago
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
8 months ago
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...
8 months ago
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 Nixon
9 months ago
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.
by Kiwi Food Wonders
9 months ago
Sandringham is the place to head to when you fancy a curry. The spices and heady aromas mingle on the suburban streets to entice the punters in. And 7 Siri is no exception.
One thing that does set this place apart though, is the origination of the curries. For 7 Siri serves Sri Lankan cuisine; a more complex, light & spice-based style of eating in comparison to traditional Indian. The front window proudly displays large "Dairy Free" and "Gluten Free" signs, and you can eat a healthy, well-balanced meal here with a good mix of meat & vegetable curries.
The interior could be described as "cosy"; with only 4 tables, you may end up sharing with your neighbours on a busy night. There are bamboo thatched areas, and creeping ivy all adding to a jungle feeling, but let's face it, you don't come here for the decor.
What you do come for is the food. Delicious curry rolls, curry puffs & spicy skewers for starters; the legendary lump rice, masala dosa & a mouth-watering array of seafood curries such as prawn, crab or squid. Some of the more exotic dishes such as Appa, a crepe/roti hybrid formed into a crispy edible bowl to hold curries, eggs, or a delicious mix of vegetables & sliced roti are worth taking a chance on. There is even an icecream version!
The owner, Nandasiri Alwis, is more than happy to talk you through the colorful menu, answer any of your questions and tell you wonderful tales of Sri Lanka & his love for his adopted New Zealand. Easy on the pocket and healthy for the body & the soul; a great little neighborhood secret.
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by Rebecca Smith
10 months ago
After hearing great things about 7 Siri I went to check it out for myself on Friday night. We were the first patrons to arrive, which was lucky as we had not booked and there are not many tables, I will definitely book in the future as it filled up soon after we arrived. The staff were very friendly asked if we eaten Sri Laknan cuisine before. As we had not our sever went through the menu with us which was extremely helpful. It was very hard to choose and we kept saying, "we'll have to try that next time". We decided on the lamb Kottu Roti which is chopped roti, egg, veges and meat fried together on a hotplate and Lump rice which is spicy rice wrapped in a banana leaf with 3 meat curries and 3 vegetable curries. Both dishes came out quickly and were delicious. For dessert we had Kiri Appa a sweet cup shaped pancake with a tasty coconut mixture on top. I will definitely be going back to 7 Siri, hopefully very soon, to try out the rest of their menu. The service was wonderful, the food delectable and prices extremely reasonable ($32 all up).
11 months ago
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.
Aug 27, 2013
Dumpling Club is spreading its wings, and venturing into other ethnic offerings. Makes sense, when we are surrounded by some of the best South Asian eateries around. 7 Siri Taste of Sri Lanka has been well received, scoring very positive reviews from NZ Herald, and other sites.
A very warm welcome greeted us, along with an introduction to Sri Lankan food and the menu. Sri Lankan food shares similarities with South Indian cuisine, but with some unique spice mixtures. The servings at 7 Siri are very generous, so you may want to get say 5 dishes to share among 6 diners.
We started our culinary adventure with chicken curry roll, delicious curried meat and veggies encased in a thin pastry skin and deep-fried.
This was followed the highly recommended lump rice, a smorgasbord of flavours (3 meat and 3 veggie curries, with a selection of chutneys) on turmeric rice. The lump rice came in banana leaf package, reminiscent of the traditional serving style. The brinjal curry was especially tasty, and they gave us extra to take away, - talk about great customer service!
The kottu roti has chopped up pieces of roti cooked with spices, vegetables and your choice of meats. This was an intriguing dish; the different textures worked well.
I especially liked the appa kottu, the bowl shaped versions of dosa, made from fermented rice flour, and filled with a spicy vegetable and meat mix. You can get appa plain, with cheese or even ice-cream as a dessert.
I always enjoy masala dosa, a fermented rice flour pancake with a spicy potato filling, and served with sambar (spicy vegetable stew) and dry coconut chutney. I have to admit that I prefer the versions I had at two other South Indian restaurants, Santhiya’s in Mt Roskill and Satya in Sandringham which had crispier dosas and chutneys which are thick sauces in consistency.
Something different is the poll roti (with chutney and curry). These are roti with addition of coconut and vegetables. I've never had coconut in a roti before, this takes some getting used to. The curry was delicious, nicely spiced and perfect for a winter afternoon.
Sri Lankan food beckons with new flavours and textures, which makes a welcomed introduction to the Auckland food scene. The food is exceptionally well-priced and the atmosphere is most congenial. It is authentic cooking by passionate restauranteurs.
by Karen Gibson
Aug 21, 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 De Jong
May 16, 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 Youssef
Mar 10, 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.
Jan 26, 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.
Sep 22, 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.
Aug 26, 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.
Jul 20, 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!
Jun 09, 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).
Apr 14, 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.
Feb 14, 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 Bandara
Feb 10, 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 ;)
Jan 24, 2012
if you want to taste real sri lankan food I recommended to 7siri Tast of Sri Lanka
May 14, 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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