As a Sri Lankan, the one dish that I miss the most from back home has been lamprais. I’ve tried most of the Sri Lankan restaurants in the LA area, and so far my favorite is at Apey Kade. If you’re not familiar with the dish, it consists of yellow rice, chicken (or any other protein) curry, seeni sambol (a red onion sambol with Maldive fish and other spices), a fish cutlet, fried ash plantain curry, wambatu moju (an eggplant pickle with dried shrimp), and a deep fried boiled egg, all of which is wrapped in banana leaves and then baked. While this one at Apey Kade did not have an egg, unfortunately, I thought that all the flavors were on point and it wasn’t dry like at some of the other places. It also had pol mallung in it, which is grated coconut with turmeric and other spices.
This was $12, and they recommend calling at least half an hour ahead to order it.
(Sorry, this picture sucks.)
I also recommend the hoppers, string hoppers, kottu roti, gothamba roti with egg, the various curries, and the deviled chicken.