For our last lunch in Galle Fort we had hoped to eat at the “Nescafe Roti shop” however after searching fruitlessly for some time I eventually realized that the stall had closed and a quick internet search I came up with Café Hula Hula on Ramparts road.
A tiny hole in the wall style café, they specialize in Sri Lankan “Short Eats” or snacks such as samosas , patties and buns as well as having a list of more substantial main courses and a delicious cake selection.
We decided to share a vegetable Kotthu roti between us and a selection of the patties, puffs and spring rolls. I chose 2 fish patties which were made with pastry and filled with a lightly spiced fish and potato curry which reminded me a little of Bajan patties – maybe it’s got something to with them both being former colonies?
I also ordered a generous lime soda with salt – perfect for rehydrating in the scorching Sri Lankan heat, it was so limey that I was able to buy another soda to keep topping the drink up with until I had quenched my considerable thirst! I was too full to have dessert but G was pretty impressed with his upside down pineapple cake. It was a little dense (and possibly slightly undercooked?) but the caramelized pineapple on the top was just perfect and the more G ate, the more he enjoyed it which is always a good sign!
I liked how “local” café hula hula seemed compared to some of the fancier restaurants and cafes in Galle fort and would highly recommend it as a budget dining option in the fort, the pastries, short eats and cakes are made fresh daily so get there early to avoid missing out!