Review of Lankan Filling Station
One word. Hopper. That’s pretty much all you need to know about dining at Lankan Filling Station.
But, just what is a hopper you may ask. Well, a hopper is a kind of Sri Lankan pancake, shaped like a bowl and made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk. Feel free to rip it and dip it into curries, or you may prefer to fill your hopper and use it like a kind of edible bowl. Just don’t be shy, this is finger food at its best.
Lankan Filling Station is an intimate affair, but it is certainly not a fancy one. Small wooden tables and chairs line the room and you get the feeling it really is all about the food here. Which it is.
Important to know, orders are taken by pencil and paper only, so don’t even try to verbally place your order. Simply place a tick next to each item you would like to order and you are in for a treat.
In terms of your order, an easy option for the uninitiated is to go for the hopper set. One plain and one egg hopper with two sambols on the side. You’ll want to also add a curry to your order. If you’re feeling adventurous – try a string hopper, which are nests of flat noodles. The Beef Pan Rolls are worth a thought too. Or if deciding is all too much, just choose their banquet menu.
In terms of the drinks, naturally they offer Sri Lankan teas and their take on faluda, as well as a small selection of wine, beers and spirits. Arrack is worth a try, which is distilled from the flower of the coconut palm.
I think Lankan Filling Station is a great spot for a casual lunch or dinner. It certainly is a little different to the Asian cuisine you may be used to.
Address: Ground Floor/58 Riley St, East Sydney
Phone: +61 2 8542 9936
Hours: Tues – Fri – 12pm – 10pm, Sat – 10am – 10pm, Sun – 10 – 4pm, Mon – closed
Website: Lankan Filling Station
Images courtesy of Lankan Filling Station.