A POPULAR Sri Lankan restaurant in Bournemouth has added three plant-based dishes to its menu in celebration of Veganuary.

Available now until Thursday, February 13, the new dishes add to The Coconut Tree's existing 15 vegan options on their menu.

The exclusive new dishes included TCT Potato, which combines lightly spiced, oven roasted potatoes with caramelised onions and a smattering of chilli, and Brinjals, a side dish featuring fried wambatu (aubergine) with sliced onion, tomato and coriander.

The third new addition is Malay Pickle, or 'Achcharu', where banana peppers and sliced onions are mixed with carrots, dates, a touch of chilli, and apple cider vinegar.

Existing vegan options on the menu at The Coconut Tree include the Fat Sister Pumpkin Curry, made with fragrant curry leaves, garlic and green chilli, and Kotthu, a traditional dish served all across Sri Lanka which is comprised of finely chopped rotti and a variety of fresh vegetables.

Between now and Thursday, February 13, The Coconut Tree, located on Old Christchurch Road, is running a deal offering customers three vegan dishes for £10 every day until 7pm.

For those giving Dry January a go, the restaurant has also introduced a brand new beverage: the Fallen Porn Star "cocotail" is an alcohol-free twist on the classic, blending Seedlip botanicals with passionfruit, coconut and pineapple syrup.

With branches in Cardiff, Bristol, Oxford and Cheltenham, The Coconut Tree was originally founded by five Sri Lankan friends. Its site in Bournemouth was the chain's sixth.

The restaurants focus on smaller, tapas-style, street food plates, with many dishes naturally plant-based. Larger sharing options are also available, such as their signature devilled dishes which include meat or fish cooked in spices and stir fried with traditional banana peppers, before finished with crushed chillies.

The cocktail menu also leans heavily on authentic Sri Lankan flavours and ingredients including turmeric and Ceylon tea, and uses Ketel One Botanicals, a botanical vodka that's brand new to the UK and is particularly low in sugar and calories.

For more information about the dishes available or to book a table at The Coconut Tree, head to https://www.thecoconut-tree.com/bournemouth