Restaurants, Bars and Cafes

First look: Sri Lankan restaurant Sigiriya, Ashley Road, Hale

By David Prior at

Here’s an exclusive first look inside Sigiriya, a new-concept Sri Lankan restaurant which officially opens in Hale tonight.

The restaurant, which is on the site of the former La Vina, is a new venture from the former manager of the renowned Jumeirah Beach restaurant in Dubai.

Donn Buddhika, a Sri Lankan native, has over 15 years’ experience running restaurants within the Shea Khan Group and most recently helped to transform the reputation of Mughli in Knutsford.

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Sigiriya will serve a selection of traditional Sri Lankan dishes “with a contemporary update” and will be the “perfect fusion of Indian and Thai styles”, with all menus created by Buddhika himself.

He said: “I am delighted to open and offer the people of Hale and further afield an insight into the global Sri Lankan cuisine that my family know and love.”

The interior of the new Ashley Road restaurant has been created by Katie McCarthy from Style Contracts.

The new restaurant is open from 12-3.30pm for lunches and 5-10.30pm for evenings.

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