Pol Boy is the brainchild of two British-Sri Lankans. One Tamil, one Sinhalese. Larv was born in Jaffna to Tamil parents and moved to the UK aged four. Thuli was born in Colombo and moved to the UK aged four, ten years after Larv had made the journey. The civil war in their homeland that threatened to rip the Tamil and Sinhalese communities apart would drag on for another ten years. Uprooted from their homeland, Larv and Thuli grew up in the UK with a scattered knowledge of Sri Lanka but there was one constant reminder of their roots: the vibrant array of flavours, colours, and textures of Sri Lankan home-cooking. However, apart from their mothers' cooking, it was a struggle to find Sri Lankan food being served in London that reminded them of home. They soon hatched a plan to use their combined skill set to establish a food brand that should become synonymous with Sri Lankan food in the minds of Londoners. The result of that plan is Pol Boy. The menu at Pol Boy uses a mix of traditional family recipes and an amalgamation of flavours inspired by a British-Sri Lankan upbringing. The recipes do not rely on expensive ingredients because its heart and soul lies in the alchemy of flavour. The menu is yet to be popularised in the London food scene but offers a blend of familiar, exciting, and wholly enticing that defines food in the capital. Above all, Pol Boy proves food can be a connector for people against all odds.
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What to expect at Pol Boy's place
This was my first time trying food from Sri Lanka, which I’ve wanted to do for a while since following this chef on instagram. And I was not disappointed. I thought the food was great and really authentic. The starter was a coconut rice dish served with a spicy paste and a sweeter sort of chutney- really tasty contrasting flavours. The main was a sample of lots of dishes, which is perfect for trying new things, including a chicken curry, beetroot curry, potatoes, sri lankan noodles, lentils etc. It was great to try lots of different things and it was also really colourful! My favourite dish was probably the potatoes and the chicken curry. I would definitely attend again.