Kandyan cuisine has a distinct flavor. Ambul Thiyal, for example, is a popular sour fish curry. Traditionally in the villages, lunch is taken to the fields, or for a special occasion, in a Kuruni basket with rice and curries wrapped in banana leaf. Kandyan sweet meats including Kavum, Kokis, and Pani Walalu - prepared mainly for festive occasions – are delicious treats not to be missed. There are several wayside cafes right in the centre of Kandy town such as the Bake House, Paiva’s, and the Pub that are popular for their snacks and savoury short-eats (pastries). The History restaurant show cases Kandyan history with its myriad of old black and white photos and serves Sri Lankan and western cuisine. The Empire Café opened in 2014 and is housed in the old Empire Building right next door to the Temple of the Tooth. Owned by The Kandy House, the Empire Café serves up freshly ground coffee, premium teas, snacks, cakes and home made ice cream. Most of the hotels in Kandy including Chaaya Citadel and Mahaweli Reach welcome non-resident guests at their restaurants that serve a mix of Sri Lankan and western buffets. For a more novel dining experience, Red Dot recommends Helga’s Folly where fusion cuisine is served amidst an utterly creative and novel environment.