at Sri Lankan (Crescat Shopping Centre Food Court)
44th APACPH Conference, Day 3 (see previously 3.283 Seerfish White Curry Meal).
Essentially, lamprais is a Sri Lankan hodgepodge. It consists of variously seasoned rice/meats/vegetables that are wrapped/baked/served in a banana leaf. Likely Dutch in origin. Rather than foolishly attempt to explain the specifics myself after a single go, I'll defer to more reliable sources, one for general background (see The Sunday Times's article "That Burgher delicacy wrapped up in a banana leaf") and another for a recipe to provide an idea of what's involved (see Food Corner's entry on lamprais (lump rice)).
My first impression of lamprais, alas, wasn't so great. For starters, the form was foreign to me, so I didn't know whether I was supposed to eat everything individually or mixed together. The flavors were also foreign--at once spicy and sweet and fragrant and funky--totally unlike anything that I've ever encountered anywhere. Overall, I didn't find it very pleasant.
Most likely, the lamprais here had simply failed to realize the dish's true potential. On my own for dinner, I walked down the road from the hotel in search of eats and came upon a residential/commercial complex comprising the Cinnamon Grand Hotel, the Crescat Residences, and the Crescat Shopping Centre, which has a food court in the basement. With the other meals during my stay already scheduled at relatively fancier venues, I figured the food court would be the closest that I could get to what the locals eat on a daily basis, even if a poor representative thereof. The stall Sri Lankan was the only one that appeared ostensibly local. Despite the range of choices, I fell for the sign promoting the lamprais as "Mouth Watering." Oh well. At least it was just 400 rupees (about US$3).