Sri Lankan street food cafe opened in Newcastle’s Grainger Market by owners of URY Restaurant

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Street Food Sri Lanka is a brand-new cafe restaurant, owned by the people behind Quayside restaurant, URY Restaurant.

A brand-new street food cafe has opened at Newcastle’s Grainger Market, offering authentic Sri Lanka cuisine. 

Street Food Sri Lanka has been opened in Alley 1 of the Grainger Market, by the owners of much-loved Quayside restaurant, URY Restaurant. 

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The Sri Lankan cafe will be serving up traditional dishes to diners, including; Lamb Lamprais, Seafood Kothu and Vegetable Roti, courtesy of a talented team of Sri Lankan chefs. 

As the cafe will celebrate Sri Lanka’s colourful and vibrant cuisine, other dishes on the  menu will include seafood, curry, herbs, vegetables and exotic fruits. 

Owner Dushantha Alawattegama (known as Dush), moved to the UK from Sri Lanka in 2003, after enjoying a successful career in international banking.

Following his move to the UK, Dush decided to follow his dream of owning his own food business, and opened URY Restaurant on Queen Street, which was the first restaurant in Newcastle to offer Sri Lankan, Indian and Oriental dishes.

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URY Restaurant has gone on to win numerous awards and was recently nominated for the Best Restaurant in Newcastle at the British Restaurant Awards in 2023.

Now, following the success of URY Restaurant, Dush has opened Street Food Sri Lanka, which will celebrate Dinithi, a phrase commonly used in Sri Lanka to celebrate good food, good fortune and good luck.

Dush said: “I have been planning the Grainger Market opening for almost two years. You can see the Grainger Market is something special. There’s an established exciting food community in the Market, it has great footfall, there are lots of traders spanning generations and the exciting plans for the future look great too. It’s the ideal spot to start my new venture.

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“Sri Lankan food is not as popular in the North East as other cuisines and it’s rare to find Sri Lankan food in restaurants. For a lot of our customers, it’s usually their first time trying these kinds of flavours and we usually receive an extremely good response, which is always pleasing and exciting.

“I have always had a passion for seeing people enjoying my food – I think it stems from Sri Lanka’s warm and humble approach to food. For anyone visiting us for the first time, I recommend trying the Kingfish Curry – it’s a traditional seafood dish with a tomato and coconut milk base, a hint of chilli and chunks of freshly caught fish. 

“Sri Lanka is a small island in the Indian Ocean and for hundreds of years, we’ve relied on the availability of seafood. Various types of fish will be offered on the Street Food Sri Lanka menu to reflect our fishing heritage and the important role it plays in feeding our communities.

“I am really looking forward to opening the new site. It has been a great process to see my dream turn into a reality and Newcastle City Council has been really fantastic – the staff have helped us from beginning to end.”

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Street Food Sri Lanka is a brand-new cafe restaurant, owned by the people behind Quayside restaurant, URY Restaurant.Street Food Sri Lanka is a brand-new cafe restaurant, owned by the people behind Quayside restaurant, URY Restaurant.
Street Food Sri Lanka is a brand-new cafe restaurant, owned by the people behind Quayside restaurant, URY Restaurant.

Cllr Hay, Cabinet Member for a Thriving City at Newcastle City Council, said: “It’s great to hear of another business moving into the Grainger Market and becoming part of the exciting community that exists there.

“This is also a fantastic success story for the city. A popular Quayside restaurant that has also spent time trading at the Quayside Market now opening a different offering in our historic market. It demonstrates that Newcastle is a place that nurtures entrepreneurs, encourages growth and supports businesses to flourish and I am very proud that the council plays such an integral part in this.

“I wish Street Food Sri Lanka every success for the future. The food looks delicious, and I can’t wait to try it!”

Street Food Sri Lanka is located in Alley 1, units 45-46 inside of Newcastle’s Grainger Market.

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