The Suriya Kanthi serves kohlrabi curry

Organic kohlrabi with exotic spices

The cuisine of the island nation in the Indian Ocean is spicy. And the food is served lukewarm. Wijerathna Storz-Vidanage doesn’t do that in his Berlin restaurant Suriya Kanthi, his kohlrabi curry comes along hot.

Accessory in the Sri Lankan restaurant Suriya Kanthi in Berlin (Photo: Lena Ganssmann)

Almost like at home

To this day, Wijerathna Storz-Vidanage longs back to Sri Lanka during the winter months. Only one thing helps: Eat well and spicy, as he serves it in Suriya Kanthi. At home, the food is only served lukewarm, in Germany, however, it has to steam on the plates. Wijerathna Storz-Vidanage has long been used to this. In contrast, not during the cold season.

Wijerathna Storz-Vidanage from the Sri Lankan restaurant Suriya Kanthi in Berlin (Photo: Lena Ganssmann)

Cooking as a makeshift

“When I came to Germany, I started to cook. When I invited my friends home, I cooked nicely, for example, a simple sambole or Dal curry, various things. They all confirmed, man Witje, you can cook incredibly well, why don’t you make a restaurant in Berlin, we like to come to you! ” – Wijerathna Storz-Vidanage

Seating area in the Sri Lankan restaurant Suriya Kanthi in Berlin (Photo: Lena Ganssmann)

The sun in the east

The restaurant is located in the East Berlin district of Prenzlauer Berg. An area that has changed since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Suriya Kanthi – which means sunshine or sunflower – is a lot of manual work. Wijerathna Storz-Vidanage rebuilt the former beer pub for a year and a half. Seats from old Berlin S-Bahn wagons serve as chairs. The color yellow symbolizes sun and curry.

Kohlrabi curry from the Sri Lankan restaurant Suriya Kanthi in Berlin (Photo: Lena Ganssmann)

Handwork

In Sri Lanka, curry does not mean the spice, but a dish. In the kohlrabi curry, not only the tuber is processed, but also the leaves. There are hundreds of different ways to prepare the curry. With vegetables, fish, or meat. Curries are one of the typical dishes from the island nation in the Indian Ocean. In Sri Lanka, you usually eat with your hands.

Kohlrabi curry from the Sri Lankan restaurant Suriya Kanthi in Berlin (Photo: Lena Ganssmann)

Organic kohlrabi with exotic spices

“Sri Lanka is a very small island and there are a lot of coconuts growing in it. We use a lot of coconut milk in our kitchen, this creates something completely different in our kitchen. We use the spices in a different way, there are many smoked, roasted spices. This is very special. Every dish has its own typical taste. ” – Wijerathna Storz-Vidanage

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