Wadiya is the county's first Sri Lankan restaurant, one of a precious few in Southern California and even the United States. Its space is massive and elegant, with a removable mural on its wall that's the most colorful, bucolic image you'll see, a panorama of the coast painted in swirls and watercolors that's about 20 feet long. This is an apt metaphor for the island's stunning cuisine, one that's vaguely familiar to fans of Indian food, but with otherwordly flavors that draw from the former Ceylon's legendary trade-route reputation.
Every day is a holiday for someone somewhere in this world—did you know, for instance, that Aug. 12, the day this issue hits newsstands and the Internet, is simultaneously the Glorious Twelfth in the United Kingdom (meant to commemorate the start... More »
Spicy IslandI have just experienced the world’s greatest condiment: sambol. It’s a Sri Lankan specialty involving lime juice, onions, dried fish, coconut shavings and enough chiles to constitute a baby nuke. Bracing, fiery, sweet, fresh—once you... More »
Wadiya is already a must-visit, given it's one of the few Sri Lankan restaurants in the United States, let alone Orange County. But those who live to destroy their palate and innards with delicious heat will eschew Mexican forever in favor of the Anaheim eatery's dishes. Pork in black curry escalates its heat slowly, like the proverbial pot of water containing a frog, until you're croaking for water to escape its dense, sweet impact. Other curries dial back the brutality, but not... More »
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