I went to the Coconut Tree in Reading and the drinks were set on fire – Hannah Roberts

Reading offers a wide variety of different restaurants. Although it has a reputation for being home to many hamburger restaurants, the city offers cuisines from all over the world.

There’s a Polish restaurant called Piwnica, a Caribbean cafe called Perry’s Caribbean, and a curry restaurant called House of Flavors – plus many more. The Coconut Tree is another restaurant that offers local flavors from abroad.

Inspired by Sri Lankan cuisine, the restaurant offers a variety of curries accompanied by rice dishes, hoppers and roti. The unique element of the restaurant is the fact that all dishes are small, which encourages customers to share their food and sample a bit of everything.

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The restaurant is also unique simply because it is the first Sri Lankan restaurant in Reading. Opened in late 2021, the restaurant offers pineapple curry, hoppers, kotthu and ‘cocotails’, dishes not usually seen in restaurants in Reading.

I decided to try the restaurant for myself, located a few minutes from the city center on King’s Road. The chain is well known for its ‘cocotails’ – Sri Lankan cocktails with a twist, so I thought I’d better start with that.

Much to my perplexity, the cocktails my friends and I ordered were set on fire in a blazing inferno. The waitress also sprinkled cinnamon on the fire, which made it sparkle and glow with an orange glow.

I ordered the Sriki-Tiki cocotail and the waitress lit it

In addition to the delicious tasting, I really admired the effort put into the cocktails and how they looked. In fact, they were probably some of the best cocktails I’ve tried in Reading.

The food also looked and tasted amazing. I ordered the polenta mushrooms, pumpkin curry and a side of roti. We mixed and matched our orders as we wanted to try all the different dishes – most of which we had never heard of before.

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Overall I would definitely return to the restaurant as the food was delicious and the staff were very friendly. With mains priced around £4-5 each, you can leave the venue free of charge and still have a full stomach. Plus the overall vibe is perfect and I imagine the venue is also a great place to visit before a night out if you want a “cocotail” or two.

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