As Wales reopens after a two-week ‘Fire Break’ lockdown, award-winning Sri Lankan bar & restaurant group The Coconut Tree has announced it will reinstate its offer of 50% off all food and non-alcoholic drinks, Monday – Wednesday.
The street food pioneers – whose only Welsh outpost is based on Mill Lane in Cardiff city centre – said that they were originally inspired by positive feedback to the original ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme. They are planning to continue to offer a discount on Monday – Wednesday bookings until the end of January 2021.
Brand Director Anna Garrod said the move is part of the brand’s ambitions to put Sri Lankan food on the map. She explained, “In the UK, Sri Lankan food is not as widely available or understood as say, Indian or Chinese cuisine, and we want to help change that; we want to be the ones to make it mainstream.
Eat Out To Help Out gave people the confidence to try new things, and we met so many new customers as a result – 60% of visits were from first-time customers, and many went on to rebook with us.
We want to build on that momentum and make the most of being able to reopen in Wales following the Fire Break, by extending our offer into the new year. We hope it will give people an incentive to try our take on Sri Lankan street food this winter.”
In recent years, Sri Lankan food has been having a moment, with The Times identifying it as a key food trend, and BBC Food attributing its popularity to “most of the food world looking towards exciting new cuisines.”
The Coconut Tree’s take on the cuisine is made up of smaller tapas-style dishes embracing plants, fish and meat – it’s an abundant menu that naturally offers something for everyone.
Popular dishes include ‘Hot Battered Spicy Cuttlefish’; green peas and ‘Cashew Nuts’ soaked and cooked in coconut cream; and ‘Cheesy Colombo’ – cheese cubes fried and mixed Colombo style. ‘Jaffna Goat Curry with potato’ is also a firm favourite, as is the ‘Black Pork’ which consists of diced pork belly cooked in 30 roasted spices. Finally, ‘Kotthu’ is a fine example of a street food served all over the country – made with finely chopped roti and cooked with egg, vegetables and / or meat.
The Coconut Tree will also be giving the traditional ‘Christmas menu’ a south Asian twist this winter. Whether it’s Sri-Lankan-style Split Sprouts with Cashews, or spicy Devilled Pigs in Blankets – their island-inspired festive dishes are designed to warm the cockles on a winter’s day.
Their brand new ‘Ho, Ho, Hopper’ is a jolly and bright beetroot hopper (traditional coconut milk pancake) with Cranberry Lunu Miris (cranberry & onion relish), Curry Leaf Sambol (grated coconut with curry leaves), and onions caramelised with a hint of Sri Lankan Cinnamon.
The new Christmas dishes will be available from 27th November right through until 31st January, and are included in the 50% off offer for bookings made Monday – Wednesday until the end of January 2021.
To view the up-to-date opening dates, times and to book a table visit: https://www.thecoconut-tree.com/cardiff