Lankan Filling Station

Sydney, Australia

Head to this lively Darlinghurst darling to fuel up on a Sri Lankan staple – the humble hopper. But take note, these aren’t any old hoppers. Consider them bowlfuls of flavour – lacy pancakes made from a fermented batter of coconut milk and rice flour, with crisp edges and a chewy centre that hosts a tempting array of curries and nuanced sambals, often, with a frazzled fried egg foundation. From fiery prawn or chicken, to gentle veg curries laced with green chilli and Lankan mustard, there’s a sambal to match, running from aromatic, sweet and spicy to hot and fresh. Fold ‘em up. Tear ‘em. Dip and dunk ‘em. It doesn’t matter how you go about it, this neat eatery from chef O Tama Carey is made for no-fuss, all flavour pleasures. Pick your mix, or go with a banquet-style order with plenty of sides like dhal, red rice and herby onion salads. The main attraction is backed by an equally delicious series of small plates – hello, crispy pan rolls slarred in chilli sauce; hello, toasted roti and crab balls – and rolling medium-sized mains. A glass of arrack – collected by the Teardrop Island's toddy tappers – is on hand to raise a glass to a choice well made.

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Ground Floor, 58 Riley St , Darlinghurst , Sydney, New South Wales, NSW 2010