New Sri Lankan street food restaurant set to open on Mill Lane

For lovers of exotic food and mouthwatering cocktails, a new restaurant will open this summer on one of Cardiff’s popular drinking and dining sectors.

A Sri Lankan street food restaurant could be on its way to Cardiff after bosses announce expansion plans into the Welsh capital.

The Coconut Tree, which currently has restaurants in Cheltenham and Oxford, is hoping to expand the brand by bringing it to Wales.

The new opening follows the hugely successful launch of two new restaurants in Bristol at the end of 2018. The independent boutique operators are front-runners in bringing fresh Sri Lankan dishes to the UK, the perfect cuisine for any occasion.

Situated over two floors, the new glass-fronted restaurant will not only provide guests with a fun and vibrant place to eat, it will also create a number of new jobs from front of house and cocktail bartenders and further exciting opportunities in the kitchen.

The Coconut Tree, will open on Mill Lane, next to Cote Brasserie on the site of the old Juboraj in June and will be the first of its kind in the city.

Founded by five Sri Lankan friends, the  Coconut Tree’s brand already has four restaurants in Cheltenham, Oxford  and two in Bristol and has won a number of awards, including victories at the Taste of Gloucestershire Food and Farming Awards, Open Table Awards and a runner-up prize for ‘Best Cheap Eats in the South West’ at the Observer Food Monthly Awards.

Brand Director Anna Garrod said: “Cardiff seemed like the obvious location for our fifth restaurant and we’re really excited to be joining the already vibrant and growing food scene in the city. As the first Sri Lankan restaurant to open in Cardiff we’re hoping that our authentic Sri Lankan dishes, which cater for vegans, vegetarians and meat-lovers alike, will provide tropical tastes to suit everyone’s palette, without breaking the bank.”


“Our restaurants are a really fun and informal place to eat and drink where diners can expect hand-made Sri Lankan-made wooden tables among a characterful décor of exposed brickwork and graffiti street art. Although we pride ourselves on our traditional Sri Lankan cuisine, made up of small and large dishes, our legendary ‘Cocotails’ also make the perfect addition to any dish. No matter your personal preference, everyone is welcome to the table!”


The Coconut Tree aims to bring everyone on a journey through Sri Lankan street food and botanical Cocotails in a stripped back, warm ambience with great music. Everyone is welcome to the table. Good Food. Good People. Good Times.

You can find out more about The Coconut Tree on their website, here.