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Recommended Chinese restaurants in Colombo

Discover the essential Chinese food menus in the city – from salubrious hotel dining to perfect dim sum

© The Kingsbury

Chinese culinary flair has been able to have an outreach beyond horizons owing to the taste factor. And if you are seeking for a one-of-a-kind gastronomical experience, we recommend that you try out at least one of these places. They go that extra mile to deliver you an almost ‘being-in-China’ like experience with their predominantly red interiors decorated with lanterns and most importantly, authentic and delicious Chinese dishes. From the popular Cantonese and Szechuan to Min, Xiang and Su—they’ve got it all. All of these restaurants are located in fairly convenient places, facilitating easy access.

Yue Chuan

Opened on the lobby floor of The Kingsbury Hotel, Yue Chuan is a contemporarily decorated restaurant concentrating on dishes from different regions of China. The menu is long but there are set meals that feature sample dishes at a fixed price so it’s easy to choose. There is a glass-walled kitchen where diners can see the cooks at work under the watchful eye of a Chinese chef. Service is sometimes as bland as the food and more suitable for a relaxed meal than a quick business lunch.  

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Flower Drum Restaurant

Owned by one of the few of Sri Lankan Chinese families, the Flower Drum Chinese restaurant has for over two decades been identified as the corner restaurant situated at the entrance to Colombo’s Fifth Lane. Located in a house with architectural elegance of a by-gone era, the Flower Drum has retained its white walls and red Chinese lanterns over the years. And also its excellent menu. Hot Butter Cuttlefish, Kan-Kun Beef, Chilli Chicken with Cashew Nuts and its special dishes of fried rice are still firm favourites, with loyal patrons repeatedly returning for more. Popularly described as ‘The Drum’, this restaurant continues to be showered with commendation for maintaining quality and taste in the Chinese food made for the Sri Lankan palate. For a family enterprise that is now into the second generation, quality restauranting is a priority and making scrumptious food is a passion. 

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Golden Dragon

The Golden Dragon presents signature preparations by Chinese Chefs, serving a vast selection of Szechuan Cuisine. Exotic and exciting dishes like shark fin soup with crabmeat, Peking duck with pancakes, lobster with hot garlic sauce and Singapore chilli crab are among the restaurant’s tempting fare. The bar at Golden Dragon is well stocked with wine, beer and cocktails.  This spacious and sublimely decorated restaurant accommodates rich in Oriental motifs seats up to 110 people, and also offers a Private Dining Space for 12.

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Great Wall Restaurant

The Great Wall Restaurants are a popular chain of Chinese restaurants located in Colombo and its suburbs. The interior has many features that portray Chinese art and Chinese accessories. Wooden partitions depicting paintings of Chinese life and Chinese art adorn its walls. Large vases and human figures of porcelain beautify the corners of a pond and the interior of a room. Long lanterns add to the concept. The first Great Wall Restaurant in Colombo 03 started operations in 1991 and has grown from strength to strength by demonstrating its adherence to taste and quality. This chain of restaurants serves a range of flavours of China to suit any occasion; a private gathering, a celebration or a corporate get-together, with emphasis on innovation in food preparation and mixing being the hallmark of its popularity.

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