A Taste of Asia in Sri Lanka

Traverse the depths of Asian cuisine within the comforts of Sri Lanka.
Siam House
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By Darrshini |

Indulge in the myriad of flavours the Asian cuisine envelopes in its gastronomic delights. The symphony of Asian cuisine offers both piping hot dishes as well as heavenly sweet delights. In between these two extremes, one might find delightful combinations of various tastes to tingle the tastebuds. Here are some of the best restaurants in the island that promise a gastronomic journey around the Asian continent.


Han Gok Gwan

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Close to Tumulla Junction, Han Gok Gwan is an interesting restaurant which allows customers to grill their own food at their tables. The menu is full of unusual meats, and although it is not ideal for vegetarians it has a few dishes listed. Prices are affordable and food is of good quality. The restaurant has a grill on each table for customers to cook their food, or they can order their food to their desired specifications. Fried rice can be ordered to accompany meals, and there's a small selection of vegetable dishes which are worth sampling. 

Siam House is a restaurant in Colombo
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Restaurants, Taiwanese

Siam House

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Siam House, predictably renowned for Thai cuisine, is located in large, spacious premises in Melbourne Avenue, Colombo 4. Like a restaurant in Thailand, Siam House consists of several dining areas - the graphic main halls, relaxing air-conditioned balcony atop the garden, an outdoor veranda and garden tables, private rooms, and open miniature Thai houses. Thai cuisine based appetisers, soups, salads, curries, seafood, rice, noodles and desserts contribute to making this dining experience enjoyable as well as exotic. 

Royal Thai is a restaurant in Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Royal Thai

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Created copying authentic Thai style, the Royal Thai restaurant situated at Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel specialises in serving dishes based on authentic Thai recipes prepared by Thai chefs. The food has been praised due to its high quality and consequently the restaurant is very popular, so reservations are advised. Yet although it can get busy, the restaurant exudes a serene ambience with its elegant interior, golden lighting and wooden finishes while gentle Thai music plays in the background.

Bars and pubs, Café bars

Mainland China

Mainland China, a part of South Asia’s leading Pan Asian restaurant franchise, is a stylish new restaurant in Colombo city specialising in Chinese cuisine. The authentic culinary journey at the restaurant has been carefully curated. Walking in, an elegant circular doorway evocative of ancient China welcomes the diners. The black woodwork as well as ornamental patterns add an amber glow to the interior, amidst which faint touches of crimson stand out. The dishes at the fine dining restau- rant are prepared by a team of special- ised Chinese chefs who create a harmonious combination between authentic ingredients and tongue-teasing fla- vours. Exotic dishes such as lobster in XO chillie sauce, roasted duck meat with greens and garlics and wok tossed hakka noodles are among the restaurant’s tantalising selection. Mainland China is also known for its signature range of dim sum freshly made in their own kitchens. The mouthwatering dumpling menu includes a variety of tasty fillings such as chicken, prawn as well as several vegetarian options. Authentic dishes are also prepared with a tempting spicy twist to suit the South Asian palate. A range of Chinese sauces are made everyday using hand- picked spices to add more colour and flavour to dishes. Chefs at Mainland China are commited to ensuring fresh produce in addition to Chinese spices, herbs and condiments is used to prepare dishes. Classic Chinese desserts such as the mango pudding and steamed coconut dumplings are also ser

Restaurants, Indian


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If you are a lover of North Indian cuisine, Kandoori is the place to be. Though it is a multi cuisine restaurant, Kandoori has a delectable menu of Indian dishes, which has gained a reasonable fan following in the city. Tucked away from the traffic, it is located just around the corner of Savoy theatre in Wellawatte. The menu is exclusive and has almost all the popular Indian favourites. Treat yourself of to a meal of spices, from their choice of curries complemented by Indian breads, served straight from the ‘Tandoor’. The Butter panner– a gravy made of cottage cheese and tomato puree, with a slight hint of spices is a huge hit amongst vegetarians. But the restaurants signature dish is their Mutton Biriyani. With a cosy and homely ambiance, the restaurant will give you peaceful dining moments.

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