Teppanyaki Chefs Asanka Sampath and Supun Chanaka from Sri Lanka
Both hailing from Tangalle, Chef Asanka and Chef Supun have adventurous spirits and an infectious lust for life that makes them a formidable pair behind the teppanyaki grill. From humble beginnings as kitchen stewards, their passion and hunger to learn new culinary skills captured our attention. Their raw potential was nurtured through rigorous training in the art of teppanyaki, with self-motivation to perfect their juggling and showmanship skills every chance they get.
Like two peas in a pod, Chef Asanka and Chef Supun enjoy the precision and intricacies involved in cooking Japanese cuisine, while traditional Sri Lankan food remains their firm favourite. With the clatter of steel and a whoosh of flames, their entertaining flair at Verala sees signature dishes of fresh, quality produce being peppered with fire and local flavours. A social way to dine grill-side with even strangers often bonding, the glue that binds our diners are these home-grown performers who can’t resist the urge to show off a little. The traditional Japanese reverence may be amiss, but their joy behind the grill makes up for it with great food that will leave you more than satisfied.