Red Orchids.

Red Orchids is a Sri Lankan-Chinese restaurant that has a lot of the original kitchen staff and waiters from Flower Drum (the iconic Thurstan Road outlet that closed down).
So it’s kind of the same experience. It’s good for what it is, and it’s affordable.

The Food

Red Orchids calls itself a Chinese and Thai restaurant, so you get a pretty wide selection of favourites from these cuisines, Sri Lankanized for the local palette of course.

We asked for the Tom Yum seafood soup, and for Rs. 650 we were surprised to get this ridiculously giant bowl of the stuff. The soup could have easily filled little bowls for six people. It wasn’t perfect, a little too salty for my liking, but still you got that basic hit of herbs and lemongrass, also plenty of delicious chunks of mushroom, cuttlefish and shrimp.

The hot butter cuttlefish, for Rs. 800, reminded us of Flower Drum fare – chewy, dry, spicy – it isn’t your ideal HBC but there’s that MSG type addictiveness to it.

We also got the beef red curry for Rs. 725 – more soupy and the flavours didn’t hit the mark as well as in an authentic Thai dish, but still this was quite good, fragrant, generously portioned and went well with our seafood rice. I particularly enjoyed the seafood rice, not too oily, flavoursome and the smell of it wafted in as they brought it to our table. Put together, our selection mixed well, making a typical classic Sri Lankan-Chinese/Thai style lunch.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I went separately and tried their more Chinese stuff – mixed fried rice, spare ribs, beans, hot butter cuttlefish, etc. It’s got the same filling, hearty experience that you used to get from Flower Drum back in the day. Wouldn’t call it authentic, but so what, it’s tasty. Also tried their clear cucumber soup, which was excellent.

Service & Ambience

The restaurant is pretty decent, A/Ced, clean and comfortable with formal tables and a little bit of that obligatory Chinese decor. There’s an outdoor balcony upstairs. Fun fact, it seems to have once been somebody’s house, so you’ll find a bathtub in the washroom. It wasn’t crowded during our visit so the waiters were extremely attentive – glasses were refilled fast, and the staff were very friendly.

Conclusion

If you’re in the mood for good Sri Lankan-Chinese, this place is a great option to consider. The portions are big, so if you order wisely you’ll probably spend about Rs. 1000 per head for a hearty meal.

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on whatsapp

Highlights.

Latest.

KAMU.

The Fusion Kottu at Eastern Wok

By Hiruni Herath Hot Butter Kottu - that’s not something you hear everyday but at

Highlights Kamu

More than Coffee – Kaffi Colombo

By Hiruni Herath Ambience and Service The Nordic Bakery and Coffee House located at Crescat

Highlights Kamu

7 Restaurants to dine in July 2022

By Shamrina Carim July hits a beautiful urge to try out different foods, events and

Highlights Kamu Yamu Guide

Hot Chook – all about that Chicken

By Hiruni Herath Service and Ambience The head chef at Hot Chook was very helpful

Highlights Kamu

A glistening night out at Colombo’s finest local bar!

By Shamrina Carim A Sri Lankan experiencing the magical inspiration of Sri Lanka in the

Kamu

Ceylon Curry Club – Sri Lankan Cuisine With a Twist

By Janani Vithanage Ceylon Curry Club, located in the Dutch Hospital Shopping Precinct, is a

Kamu

Trending.

Types of People at the Cinema

By Rahma Rifkhan Think of your most noteworthy cinema experience: Loud and exciting with just

Highlights Trending

From the Garden to your Skin 

By Menaka Indrakumar  Iris Garden is a brand which started five years ago, with Fuller’s

Trending

Bullet Train – movie review

Bullet train is as the name suggest is a fast-paced action movie. Directed by David

Trending

Stay healthy & refreshed With KiCO

By Janani Vithanage Boasting over 100 years of trusted excellence, the journey of Silvermill Group

Highlights Trending

5 Reasons why you need to check out Wild Culture Yala

If you are that Wildlife lover who loves being in the wild and looking to

Highlights Trending

Waves Bologoda

SINGHE's Wave Bolgoda, which launched in January 2021, The venue was initially established by lecturer

Trending

Yamu Guide.

8 Hotels That Offer Transport – 2022

Sometimes arranging for transport when you’re on vacation is the last thing that you want

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Instagrammable restaurants to dine in August 2022

By Hiruni Herath We’re always looking for the perfect spot that is a mix of

Highlights Yamu Guide

5 Places to get Gift Hampers – 2022

By RR Gift hampers have been around for quite a bit but they’ve suddenly become

Highlights Yamu Guide

8 FAQ’s on fuel QR Code system

Sri Lanka introduced the Fuel Pass QR code system in full force from today (1st

Highlights Yamu Guide

7 Tips to Ensure Safe Cycling

Cycling on roads full of traffic due to petrol queues can be scary. Here are

Highlights Yamu Guide

6 Cycling Accessories You Need

By Janani Vithanage With the fuel crisis still wreaking havoc in everyone’s lives, a new

Highlights Yamu Guide