Here's a list of standard Chinese restaurants to dine at if you're craving that spice kick, a good dose of MSG or succulent dumplings. For more information on these restaurants, just click on the title to get a detailed description.
The food is consistently excellent and quite cheap (you can happily eat for Rs. 1,000 per person) and Wijayapala - the main waiter - is a character. The ambience is somewhat basic and dingy, but we love this place.
Tsing Tao is one of the few legit fine-dining Chinese restaurants in Colombo. They strike a good a balance between authentic and Sri Lankanized Chinese, in a chic and elegant setting.
Colombo has a ton of Chinese eateries, but Tong Ni BBQ hidden away on Walukarama Road (behind Subway), is one that is truly unique. The food is good and you get to cook it right on your table.
Tang Dynasty is one of the newer Chinese restaurants in town that serves up authentic Chinese cuisine. The food is authentic, the interior is tasteful and the service is polite and prompt.
Sunlight Garden is a hidden gem of a Chinese restaurant. They've got good food, huge portions and great value for money.
Golden Dragon offers a great Chinese dining experience. The ambience and decor is possibly the best in the city and the food is quite good.
Flower Gate is a new and very welcome addition to the Sri Lankan Chinese food scene. They may be relatively unknown, but theirs was some of the best Chinese food we've had in a while.
Fortune Boat is a Chinese restaurant, hidden just off Independence Square near the newly refurbished Colombo Racecourse. They serve a selection of Cantonese, Sichuan and Beijing cuisines.
Chinatry is a new Sichuan centered Chinese restaurant on Flower Road. The food is creative, flavorful and refreshingly different from the other Chinese food in town.
Fenghuang Lou, is a pretty solid Chinese food spot. The food is actually very reasonable given the great taste and quantity, and if you're not really looking for a romance spot, the ambience is fine too.
168 Sea Food Palace is a veteran among Chinese eateries in Colombo and is still hugely popular among locals.
Peach Valley is an old favourite when it comes to Sri Lankanized Chinese in Colombo. Their food is decent but the specials seem to be their strong suit.
Yue Chuan at The Kingsbury is one of the few fine dining Chinese restaurants in Colombo. They have a great selection of classic Chinese dishes.
For a comprehensive breakdown of Chinese restaurants in the city, check out our blog.
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