If you’re after authentic Sri Lankan cuisine, Sathutu is not the place for you. Why? Because this South Asian restaurant is all about contemporary crossover cuisine, blending dishes from Sri Lanka with flavors from closer to home. Founder and owner Lisa Baladurage has Sri Lankan roots and teamed up with head chef Jana who brings the German influence with her curry balls and cheesecake. Not only are these combos rare on the Berlin food scene, they’re also delicious: the signature Colombo Chicken with its fresh curry leaves will make you forget any other fried chicken exists. If you prefer something lighter, go for the grilled prawns with yoghurt dip, which pairs perfectly with the summery Green Juice cocktail with Arrack, a spirit made from palm juice and rice. The margarita – served in a plain glass – is on point too. Simple is the name of the game décor-wise: Sathutu’s color scheme incorporates creamy white tableware with sage tables and turmeric yellow artworks. You can enjoy your food outside on beautiful Rykestraße, a quiet street with an almost holiday-like atmosphere.
The interior is minimalist and elegant, with a touch of London cool – no surprise since Laura studied at the city’s Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. Having gained experience working at a Sri Lankan restaurant, she opened Sathutu with her partner Julian Bächle in June 2021. After a memorable meal, we took home a jar of the seasonal chutney (in our case apricot) which we had enjoyed with papadums as an appetizer. That will tide us over until we return for the lunchtime Egg Hoppers (if you’ve ever been to Sri Lanka you’ll know what they are). What spin will this innovative team put on them? We can’t wait to see!
Text: Nina Trippel / Photos: Julian Bächle