The Viking, burger restaurant in Sri Lanka’s capital, celebrates its first anniversary

PUBLISHED Nov 30, 2021

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It has been one year since The Viking, a restaurant offering burgers, pasta, and rice bowls, opened in Sri Jayawardenepura Kotte, the capital of Sri Lanka.

The restaurant opened on September 24 last year. Umal Perera, the owner, studied hospitality at the William Angliss Institute in Australia. He said, “I always wanted to open a restaurant of my own. COVID gave me the best opportunity to follow my own path.” Perera named the restaurant “The Viking” after his favorite TV show, and the logo is also a combination of a hamburger and Viking. The restaurant can accommodate 50 people, including outdoor seating.

The flagship burgers include Beefsaurus (Rs.1,550) with four patties, Hercules (Rs.1,900) with a combination of fried chicken and beef, Something Fishy (Rs.950) with seafood and homemade sauce, and Podduck (Rs.950) with a duck patty and cheese. For a limited time and quantities, it also offers fried chicken doughnut burgers and other unique items.

This fall, it launched Bian Bian Noodles, hand-pulled noodles topped with Hainanese chicken and roasted peanuts. International dishes such as pasta and rice bowls have also been added to the menu, and Perera says, “I would recommend Panda Express, which was inspired by Chinese fast food from the United States.”

In November, Perera opened his second restaurant, Hot Chook, in the Food Studio on the third floor of the Colombo City Centre Mall. He is also planning a new business in Port City, which is currently under development in the coastal area of Colombo.

Opening hours: 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m. In addition to dining in, the restaurant accepts delivery orders through UberEats, PickMe, and EatMeal First.

  • Beefsaurus Burger from The Viking

  • Ceylon Pesto Pasta from The Viking

  • Naked Narco Burrito Bowl from The Viking