In Sri Lanka, “maalu maalu” is a phrase commonly shouted by fishmongers to attract potential customers. And it’s also the name of this all-you-can-eat buffet in Brunswick, run by husband and wife Minuri and Matt Adams.
Here, you can pile your plate high with steamed or stir-fried rice and noodles, dal, sambol and a rainbow of curries. You'll also find silky slivers of beetroot, whole boiled eggs swimming in spiced coconut milk, and cashews simmered until tender.
The buffet is mostly gluten-free and vegetarian, though there are always a few meat dishes on rotation. If you're coming for dinner, it's $23 Tuesday to Thursday, and $25 Friday to Sunday.
Drinks might include mango lassi and coconut toddy, a low-ABV sparkling beverage made from fermented coconut sap. In the future, Minuri and Matt plan to add a small selection of cocktails and spirits including arrack, a popular Sri Lankan liquor also made from coconut.
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