Diego’s Peri Peri is a Quick Serve Restaurant (QSR) operating off of Nawala Road with the ability to accommodate around 20 to 25 people both indoors and outdoors. It’s the ideal spot to grab a quick bite or have a wholesome meal with value for money. They have dine in, takeaway and delivery facilities to suit your needs.
Building their dishes around the infamous peri peri which was cultivated by Portuguese explorers in Mozambique, they try to infuse the spiciness Sri Lankans crave for, to the amazing flavours of the peri peri.
There’s only a limited range drinks available at the moment, which are all cold beverages, so we opted for two of them.
Mixed Berry Splash
The Mixed Berry Splash (Rs. 250), is a concoction of the berry flavours we all love. It is made with mixing the syrup and soda with sugar, which was quite evident, but we didn’t mind it at all for the price it was offered in and the volume we got was extremely generous.
The Tropical Passion (Rs. 250) tasted quite like a mojito with notes of mint and lime with the amazing punch of soda. All in all it is perfect to quench the thirst on a hot sunny day.
Food – 5/5
Grilled Chicken with Garlic and Herb infused Potatoes and Citrus Garden Salad.
In the mains, there is a separate section where you can add the proteins, the carbs and the veggies, the way you like it. In the first step, you have to choose the level of hotness you want the dish in, which ranges from mild to extra hot. Then you can choose the protein which are all dowsed in peri peri sauce. Thereafter you have to pick a side, which are the carbs, thereafter you can add a salad to make it the perfect meal.
So, we chose, ½ chicken (Rs. 780), garlic and herb infused roast potatoes and citrus garden salad. The chicken was immaculate with the fibres tenderised perfectly and the meat was juicy and oozing with flavour. We loved the potatoes as they were baked to perfection with a touch of herbs that added just the right amount of earthiness to the flavour. The garden salad was also amazingly fresh and the mayonnaise was an added bonus to the dish.
Peri Peri Chicken Burger
The Peri Peri Chicken Burger (Rs. 650) came with a huge chunk of chicken breast slathered with peri peri, lettuce, onions, tomatoes and pickles and it tasted so good. This had the most meat than any of the burgers I have tasted. The chicken was moist and flavourful, hitting all the right notes. We were given sauces of three spice ranges to taste from and they were all banging! The ingredients were so fresh and perfectly cooked that it was like a breath of fresh air.
Signature Garlic Bread
They also offer a range of add-ons to choose from and we opted for their Signature Garlic Bread (Rs. 150). The bread was toasted with a lot of butter and garlic and sprinkled with green chillie pieces which added that extra something garlic bread needed cutting through the fat.
Peri Peri Grilled Wings
The Peri Peri Grilled Wings (Rs. 300), come in different portion sizes and we opted for the one with 3 wings. The chicken was absolutely dowsed in the peri peri, that in the first bite itself you can taste the spice hitting your palate. The chicken was moist and spicy and had a lot of meat in it unlike the finicky things you find in most places.
What we recommend: All of them! Try all of them!
Parking facilities: 5/5
Would we go again? Yes we would definitely go again. They are hoping to expand, so can’t wait to see what amazing things they’ll come up with next.
Tips/notes by author – No service charges or taxes are added to the final bill.
Photographer – Nisal Baduge