Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa – Story and pics: Marie Pietersz, Melbourne


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Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa  Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

Thursday night is Street Food Night at the Walawwa

The Walawwa “The Bungalow” Restaurant and Bar at Sandown Regency, 477 Princes Highway, Noble Park, is seeing a resurgence in popularity under the capable management of Walter Perumal and his team. Walter is a patient listener when it comes to discussing  potential clients’ complex needs and nothing is too much trouble in his attempts to accommodate and cater for events to suit the customer. Team members Chef Saman and Food and Beverages Manager, Suranga, will make sure your appetite is satisfied and your thirst is quenched. 

Friday to Sunday are busiest for private functions at the Walawwa, but Manager Walter has created a special theme night for walk-in guests, so Sri Lankan food lovers can kick off their weekends earlier – on Thursdays – and eat out at the Walawwa, and for that he promises you a  Street Food Night when the Walawwa dedicates its catering to Sri Lankan village cuisine, the only one of its kind in Melbourne. 

On the deguatation menu you will find mouth-watering Sri Lankan fare. Main meals include hoppers, pittu and babath (tripe), kothu roti, egg roti, pol (coconut) roti, parathas and stringhoppers, served with the usual complementary accompaniments and your choice of curries of either chicken, beef, pork, mutton (goat) and fish – all for the very affordable price of $15 and under. Desserts like wattalappan and creme caramel will cool you down after your hot and spicy dinner. You can BYO wine, but spirits and soft drinks can be purchased at reasonable bar prices.


Although Thursday night caters for walk-in diners, bookings are recommended from the full house I encountered on my recent visit. It appears Street Food Night is gaining popularity from reviews about the delicious food at affordable prices and ample servings to be had.  Friendly staff and efficient service add to a pleasant dining experience, and speculative diners are now trying out this Noble Park restaurant, joining regulars to check out what makes Thursday nights at the Walawwa so popular.


So unplug yourself from the day-to-day work routine, leave your late night shopping for Fridays and go and tantalise your tastebuds with family and friends on Thursdays at the Walawwa. Join the Sri Lankan food lovers set at either the first sitting from 7.00-8.30 pm or the second from 8.30-10.00 pm. Call 9548 2798 for more information or to make a booking.


Restaurant and function centre

The Walawwa is the place for tasty eastern/western food at reasonable prices. Great ambience and venue for celebratory occasions and dances, and offers two function rooms.  The downstairs room can seat 130 people and the venue can be configured and decorated to fit the occasion, serving both buffet and a la carte. You can pick from a variety of live music options. It is open from 10am-10pm. 


For your next function, consider the Walawwa and call 0424 299 226 and discuss your needs with Walter.


Other services offered by the Walawwa are:

Friday nights buffet with live music, $25 pp, 7.30 pm-10 pm

Weekends lunch buffet $18 pp 12 noon-4 pm

Cafe opens week days for lunch until 4 pm – choose from tasty snacks to mini buffet to village fare (game kema) for $10-12 pp.


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Sri Lankan Business and Investment Promotion in Melbourne:
Story by Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

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Sri Lankan Business and Investment Promotion in Melbourne: Story by Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

The Minister for Trade and Investment, Innovation & Digital Economy, Small Business and International Education, Hon Philip Didakis, MLC, in association with the Aus-Lanka Business Council, hosted Sri Lankan and Australian business representatives to a trade and investment promotion at the Investment Centre of Victoria, ANZ Tower, 55 Collins Street, Melbourne, on 23 February.  

Minister Didakis is due to visit Sri Lanka in March to build on the strong trade relationships the two countries already have and to encourage further investment by Sri Lankan businesses into Victoria and vice versa.

About 150 invitees attended and included senior Government officials of the Victorian Government, Consul General of Sri Lanka for Victoria, Consul (Commercial) of the Consulate-General in Sydney, present and former Victorian MPs, members of local Councils , Committee members of the Aus-Lanka Business Council, and business leaders from the Sri Lankan community in Victoria. Exhibitors of Sri Lankan products in Australia were also present. 

Invitees were greeted by winners of the Miss Sri Lanka-Australia and Miss South Asia-Australia Pageants and treated to an engaging cultural performance comprising Sri Lankan dancers and drummers. 

The Hon. Frank McGuire, MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Small Business and Innovation, representing the Minister, formally announced the Minister’s impending visit to Sri Lanka with the Trade Commissioner for South Asia, Ms Michelle Wade. 

Mr McGuire’s speech highlighted the longstanding and mutually beneficial relationship between Victoria and Sri Lanka and stated that the Victorian Government is focusing on business/investment opportunities between Victoria and Sri Lanka in key areas such as education, agriculture, infrastructure and tourism.  

Delivering his remarks at the event, Mr. W.G.S. Prasanna, Consul General for Sri Lanka in Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, conveyed the appreciation of the Government of Sri Lanka to the Victorian Government for hosting the event, underlining the important aspects of the enduring partnership between Sri Lanka and Australia. He highlighted potential areas for trade and investment in Sri Lanka and invited the Victorian business community to invest in Sri Lanka.  

“Sri Lanka and Australia share an enduring partnership,” the Consul General said.  “I feel that the Dictionary definition of ‘partnership’ is a bit uninteresting and narrow and not appropriate to describe the way I think about the relationship between Australia and Sri Lanka, which is marked by its historical ties, diversity, dialogue and, perhaps most importantly, the shared understanding and engagement between people across many fields. And simply put, the bedrock of this relationship is not just dependent on those popular 3 Cs: curry, cricket and Commonwealth. But I do not mean to say that they are any less important.” 

Sri Lanka and Australia celebrated 70 years of formal diplomatic relations last year, marked by official visits by the Heads of each country. 

The Consul General said bilateral cooperation between Australia and Sri Lanka had surged to a record level of A$1.3 in 2016-17, up by more than 27 per cent compared to the previous financial year and extended from trade and investment, sports, education, tourism, defence, maritime and regional security, to science and technology. 

He singled out Education as the most steadily growing aspect of the economic relationship, with “more than 9500 enrolments of Sri Lankan students in Australia each year and thousands more pursuing Australian-affiliated studies domestically in Sri Lanka. More than half of those students studying in Sri Lanka eventually enrol in Universities and other Institutions in Melbourne,” he said.

Other significant figures announced by the Consul General included the rapid growth in Australian tourists visiting Sri Lanka (up by almost 10 per cent for the last year) resulting in Sri Lanka’s services exports to Australia grow by more than 36 per cent. 

The Consul General said he wished to place on record his sincere appreciation to the State Government of Victoria for the launch of Sri Lanka Airlines’  recommencement of direct flights between Colombo and Melbourne, which is anticipated will provide continued trade growth in the years to come. 

Ms. Dilkie Perera, National President of the Aus-Lanka Business Council also addressed the gathering, reiterating the strong trade growth between Victoria and Sri Lanka and highlighting the achievements of the Council in the initiatives. 

The event provided a forum for invitees to interact and discuss trade, business and investment opportunities. Mr. Abdul Raheem, Consul (Commercial) of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney was on hand to assist invitees with information on trade and investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka. 


Ref: CGSLMel 

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THE LEGACY LIVES ON – Story and pictures by Marie Pietersz, Melbourne
Marie Pietersz



Sixteen-year-old Nisal Sri Jayamaha, older son of  Dandenong residents Yasas and Pradeepa Jayamaha, took away the coveted second placing in the KATA Martial Arts category at the recent 2017 IKA  (Independent Kyokushin Alliance) National Championships in Canberra in July. 

Nisal started learning the sport of martial arts at the tender age of six at the BJ Kyokushin dojo in Dandenong (Victoria) under the guidance of Sensei Z uz.   He has competed and won many trophies and medals throughout his years of training in karate. He is currently a Brown Belt with a Black Tag.

Nisal is the grandson of famous Sri Lankan boxer S.P Jayasuriya, Bronze Medallist in the Flyweight category at the Fourth Asian Games, Jakarta, 1962.  

Nisal dedicated his accomplishment to his grandfather who passed away before the Nationals and couldn’t see his grandson compete and win. Jayasuriya was a well-known athlete and boxer. In 2010 Jayasuriya was felicitated by the Sri Lankan Sports Ministry when he was presented with a Gold Medal by the former President Mahinda Rajapakse for bringing honour, pride and glory to Sri Lanka through his athletic and boxing prowess both locally and internationally.

Nisal hopes to take his karate skills all the way to the top with ambitions to win national and international titles, following in his famous grandfather’s footsteps.

Story and pictures by Marie Pietersz, Melbourne

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Celebrating or entertaining at home? We have a ‘chef on the run’ for you!

Cinnamon’s cater for all occasions − from finger food to elegant buffets at your chosen location. Or we offer two venues with 200 and 150 seating capacity respectively for in-house functions with no additional venue hire fees. We also offer a variety of food in the form of take-away platters that will feed 10-12 people each. Email your requirements to or call 03 9574 9686 or mobile 0415 185 558 for worry-free events.


Friday night eat-outs? We’ve got the perfect venue and price for you!

Hoppers, Kottu, Dosa, Goat Biryani, Lamb Rogan Josh, Mint Chutney, Eggplant Moju, Butter Chicken, Devilled Calamari, Fried Noodles, Fried Fish, Lemon Chicken, Fish Ambul Thiyal, Steamed Rice, Bitter Melon Salad, and many more options including an array of vegetarian dishes and desserts.

All you can eat Buffet @ $25 per adult at Cinnamon’s Cafe & Kitchen, 187-189 Coleman Parade, Glen Waverley and 474 St Kilda Road, Albert Park. Live music on Friday nights. Licensed/BYO. Ring us on 03 9574 9686 or mobile 0415 185 558 should you wish to book a table, or email your requirements to Walk-ins also welcome if tables available.


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