Hop and Spice is all about respecting authentic and rustic flavours from Sri Lanka and the results speak for themselves with crowds continuing to devour Hop and Spice's authentic cuisine almost a decade on.
The extensive menu features Sri Lankan favourites such as string hoppers along with other exotic dishes you will not get anywhere else.
We loved tasting our way through the menu. The Kottu roti was a winner. Roti prata had been sliced into shreds and stir fried with vegetables, onions, eggs, pulled chicken and lots of aromatic spices. A popular Sri Lankan street food, this dish was wonderfully flavoursome and seriously addictive.
The curries at Hop and Spice are a must have. The chicken curry and the beef curry were both rich and heady while the squid curry was light and aromatic. The dhal and the mushroom curries were great vegetarian options and we again, packed with flavour.
The sambols at Hop and Spice were a true highlight. We loved the Pol Sambol which was made from coconut, onion, chilli, flakes of Maldives dish and served with a dash of lemon. A ubiquitous, fiery condiment, it had a nice chilli kick to it and went perfectly when eaten with rice and the various curries.
If you have a sweet tooth the Wattalapan will conclude your visit on a sweet note. We loved this rich and silky Sri Lankan style pudding made with palm sugar, coconut milk and embellished with roasted nuts for a counterpoint of crunch. There’s also the Falooda drink which is an indulgent, creamy “milkshake” from Sri Lanka that is made with Rose water, sugar, vanilla and Tukmaria seeds. Just yum!
Hop and Spice serves up an extensive menu of wonderfully classic and flavour-packed Sri Lankan cuisine in unassuming surrounds with friendly service.
Location: 284 Ballarat Road, Braybrook
Phone: 03 9310 2000