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Published December 1st 2012
It just ain't cricket without culture
Just a ball's throw from the MCG
With the coming test match between Australia and Sri Lanka, you might want to really get into the cultural spirit of the game and try some Sri Lankan cuisine.
The Hilton Hotel, which is just a pitched ball away from the MCG, holds a themed buffet breakfast to fortify you for the match.
You can have a traditional Australian bacon and eggs with all the extras, or try some Sri Lankan classics including milk rice, coconut roti and string hoppers. String hoppers are a beloved traditional dish consisting of rice flour pressed into noodle form and then steamed. The breakfast goes from 7am — 11am.
You can also return for a Sri Lankan lunch at the Hilton's Gallery Restaurant to fortify yourself for the afternoon. This buffet includes dry cashew curry, snake bean curry, crab curry, devilled fried fish, chicken biryani and many more dishes. The cost is $39 per adult, $17 per child aged 3 to 10 years.
Re kids, Day 3 (Friday the 28th) is Family Day at the MCG when children under 16, accompanied by an adult with a valid match day ticket, get in free of charge. Families can also enjoy an array of FREE entertainment outside the MCG in The Outfield; a designated family friendly zone which includes free face painting, cricket based skill testers, balloon artists, player signing sessions and giveaways. For more information, please go to
Hilton on the Park is at 192 Wellington Parade East Melbourne Bookings 03 9419 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our WeekendNotes reviewers also likes Sigri, which is an authentic Sri Lankan restaurant in Northcote. If you live in the area, you can also organise take-away so you can watch the game uninterrupted and spice up the day's viewing. Menu.
Or there is Cinnamons which is in Little Collins Street and also at Docklands. Their signature dish is Eggplant Moju which is mild twice cooked eggplant sautéed in a blend of Sri Lankan spices with a devilled meat of your choice - a Sri Lankan favourite.
Araliya in Hawthorn opened way back in 1985 and marries eastern spicing and western culinary techniques. On Wednesdays however they hold their traditional Sri Lankan Curry night, which includes eight dishes with a glass of premium wine for $45 per person (minimum 2 people). Available on pre bookings email@example.com
Curry and Chips in Mt Waverley have an all you can eat Hoppers sessions ($17) which includes a buffet with egg, plain and milk hoppers as well as vegetables and sambols. The restaurant's name was taken from the 1969 British sitcom Curry and Chips starring Spike Milligan and sometimes this DVD gets played in this massive canteen style eatery.
Hoppers at Curry and Chips
If you know of any other good Sri Lankan restaurants we would love to hear from you.