Award-winning Sri Lankan bar & restaurant group The Coconut Tree has announced it will reopen for outdoor dining at its city-centre Cardiff restaurant from 26th April.
It has also confirmed the extension of 50% off for all eat-in customers (Monday to Wednesday) until the end of January 2022.
Outdoor bookings for the Mill Lane restaurant are now open on The Coconut Tree’s website.
The street food pioneers said that they were originally inspired to offer their own discount scheme after experiencing success with ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ last year; now, they want to use the reopening of outdoor dining as an opportunity to put Sri Lankan cuisine firmly on the map in Cardiff.
Brand Director Anna Garrod said, “We’ve been inundated with requests to book our outdoor tables on Mill Lane, so we are thrilled to share our reopening news and can’t wait to show off our Sri Lankan hospitality in Cardiff once more.
“As a result of the UK government’s ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ offer last year, we saw a real surge in bookings; it gave us a new audience who saw it as an opportunity to try new things. Now we want to introduce even more people to our unique dishes and laid back, island vibe, so will again offer 50% off Monday – Wednesday. “
Sri Lankan food hasn’t yet been taken to the heart of British culture in the same way Indian food has, and we really want to be the ones to change that, we want to hear people say – ‘let’s go for a Sri Lankan tonight!’
During lockdown, two delicious new dishes have been developed for The Coconut Tree’s menu in time for their reopening:
Mango Curry – Fresh young mangos are sliced and marinated in a rub of deep, warm Sri Lankan spices with garlic, cinnamon, ginger, pandan leaves, and a splash of coconut vinegar. This is then slow cooked in rich coconut milk, giving a delicious, sweet & sour island vibe.
String Hoppers or ‘Idiyappam’ – a traditional Sri Lankan specialty. Rice flour pancakes are popped into a press to form noodles; a perfect partner for all dishes, and eaten ‘back home’ from dawn ‘til dusk. An alternative to the original Egg Hoppers (see below).