The Coconut Tree is a vibrant Sri Lankan eatery housed on Mill Lane. Serving traditional dishes such as Hoppers, Kotthu and devilled delicacies alongside a menu of tapas-style small plates, the restaurant champions a unique dining experience without breaking the bank.
For those really in the mood to share, The Coconut Tree have a cocotail (Cocktail) for everyone, from a PI NO COLADA (zero abv) to sharing for 4. These are expertly-crafted using a signature spirit made with coconut flower nectar and served in handmade ceramics. To top it off, its street-style interiors make this restaurant really popular, offering guests the chance to have fun, eating and chatting whilst surrounded by brightly painted walls, signature masks and Sri Lankan decor & great play lists.
Channel 4’s Come Dine with Me: The Professionals winners Rodrigo and Shamil of The Coconut Tree, an authentic family and friends-run Sri Lankan restaurant group, are hitting the road and celebrating their winning menu, by taking Sri Lankan eats to the masses. Starting on Thursday 6 October and running until Thursday 24November, Rashintha Rodrigo (known as Rodrigo) and Shamil will be taking their winning menu to eight The Coconut Tree sites across the country, bringing their Hopper Station – Hoppers being bowl-shaped coconut milk pancakes. Guests can try some authentic and delicious Sri Lankan cooking for themselves.
Following its “improbably affordable” mantra, tickets cost just £19 per person for the full menu or £38 per person for food paired with The Coconut Tree’s famous Cocotails. Hopper kits will also be sold at the event to give participants a chance to become expert Sri Lankan chefs in the comfort of their own homes. Tickets can be reserved on the website - Book a table — The Coconut Tree (thecoconut-tree.com)
Scoring an incredible 38/40 on the show which aired on 11 July 2022, the dishes have been passed down from parents and grandparents. Highlights from the menu include Egg Hoppers (a type of pancake made from rice flour and coconut milk), Crispy Fried Lamb Balls and three different Sri Lankan classic curries: Dhal, Mango, Chicken or Cashew. Rodrigo, The Coconut Tree Co-Founder, comments “This is a chance to invite people from all over the country to join us at our table and enjoy the uniquely Sri Lankan flavours we're so passionate about here at The Coconut Tree. The best way to understand Sri Lankan flavours is to try them – and you can even take them into your own home with our Hopper kits. “Come Dine With Me: The Professionals was such a brilliant experience. We're really proud of this menu, and the other contestants gave us such fantastic feedback! Now everyone can try our winning dishes for themselves. We look forward to sharing our authentic Sri Lankan eats with communities far and wide.” Started by five friends in 2016, The Coconut Tree prides itself on its authentic Sri Lankan small plates served in a relaxed ‘island vibe’ setting, with unrivalled hospitality and upbeat music.
There are now nine locations across England and Wales with most playing host to the Roadshow.
Dates & Locations:
6th October - Cheltenham
13th October – Oxford
20th October - Bristol Triangle
27th October - Cardiff
3rd November – Bournemouth
10th November - Bath
17th November - Reading
24th November- Birmingham
Ticket Costs: £19 per person for food or £38 per person with paired Cocotails
Menu: Starters paired with two Sriki Tikis
2 x Egg hoppers – or Vegan hoppers
Isso wadey or Vegan option without prawns
Lamb cutlets or Vegan cutlets
Mains - two Drunken Sri Lankans
Black pork or Fat Sister (Vegan - pumpkin curry)
Coconut sambol (Vegan)
Chicken Kotthu or Vegan Kotthu
3 Sri Lankan classic curries to accompany the kotthu – Dhal (Vegan), Mango (Vegan), Chicken or Cashew nut (Vegan)
Pudding 2 x Sri Lankan Espresso Martinis
Finish off with a treacle hopper, vanilla ice cream and crushed candied cashews (Or Vegan Ice Cream)
We can cater for any dietary requirements – please specify when making the booking. Decaf and non-alcoholic options are also available.
SRI LANKAN SUMMER THURSDAYS
- Any Curry, Any Kotthu, Any Hopper & Sparkling Rosé £20 (V-Gan, Veggie & Meat options all available, £20 per person Lunch or Supper)
X'MAS PACKAGE -
X'Mas Lunch £18 per person and X'Mas Dinner £25 per person.
Monday 12:00 – 21:00
Tuesday 12:00 – 21:00
Wednesday 12:00 – 22:00
Thursday 12:00 – 22:00
Friday 12:00 – 23:00
Saturday 12:00 – 23:00
Sunday 12:00 – 21:00
- Restaurant , Restaurant Bar , Cocktail Bar
- After work drinks , Chilling with mates , Eating and Drinking
- City Centre
- Happily Affordable ££
The Coconut Tree Cardiff, 10, Mill Lane, CF10 1FL