In the exotic brunch family, I want Shandika. This Sri Lankan restaurant set in Paris 2nd arrondissement, inviting you on a genuine culinary journey and making foodies happy especially with the Kothu Idiyappam that has been awarded by the National Cuisine Academy.
And for Saturday brunchers, good news: the restaurant has its own offer in three courses likely to sweetly awaken your taste buds and introduce you to the delight of the Sri Lankan cuisine.
Are you more of a tea or coffee drinker? Here, everyone has something to start things off, and speaking of starting this brunch in three courses, you can choose a cardamom Ceylan tea (that we recommend!) or some coffee. Then, the journey can start. If you love Lassi, this delicious beverage based on yoghurt, you’ll go for the Mango Lassi. And good news: it’s not too sweet and can be easily enjoyed.
Or you can be tempted by the rose Sarbath, a very floral drink as you can guess, but also very refreshing. These drinks can be enjoyed with some Surru Appam, a Sri-Lankan pancake with coconut and Kittul syrup, Kittul being a sort of Asian palm tree that almost tastes like cane sugar. Its slightly caramelized taste wakes up the taste buds and the grated coconut brings a light and crispy touch. As a result: we fall for this very sweet introduction.
Let’s move on to the second phase of this brunch making you discover an assortment of savory flavors. Among them, Shandika delicious samosas which dough is both soft and crispy (yes, it can be) and delighting foodies. We gladly bite into a melted cheese fritter. And we also enjoy the tuna cutlets, these breaded fritters so good you’ll want to lick your fingers.
In addition to this exotic assortment, we also tried a dish to choose among four propositions. Every Saturday, specialties available change so this is a good reason to come and try this brunch over and over again to discover each and every specialty, each showing a new aspect of the Sri Lankan gastronomy.
The day we came, we fell for the Deviled chicken, a harmonious sweet and savory mix, with caramelized chicken and bell peppers, the whole seasoned with a dash of pepper. We also went for the vegetarian dish: the Channa Masala, a mixture with chickpeas, coconut milk, Ceylan curry and spinach sprout. It tastes very soft, slightly sweet, and it’s light enough for the mouth!
But if you think it lacks pep’s, be rest assured: this dish is served with candied lime to bring something sour to the whole. And to accompany everything, dishes are served with Garam masala, red lentil dhal and coconut, as well as Basmati rice flavored with cardamom: careful though, it’s very hearty!
And yet, we recommend you keeping some room left for the dessert trio to cap off this very exotic brunch. On the menu: the cardamom fritter – Badusha – will please sweet-toothed foodies. While spice lovers will definitely set their hearts on the Kesari, a semolina cake shaped like a ball melting in the mouth. An exotic fruit salad soaked in mango coulis invites us to finish this meal like we started it: on a sweet and fruity note.
All you need to enjoy a change of scenery!
6 Rue Léopold Bellan
75002 Paris 2
Métro Sentier (ligne 3)
Formule brunch: 25 €