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4/5

Arabian Knights

379, Galle Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo 03


After an initial hiccup, Arabian Knights has bounced back well. The food is nearly back to their former glory, and coupled with the new venue, things are looking up again.



When it comes to middle eastern food in Colombo, Arabian Knights in one of the oldest options, and a safe bet. With our frequent visits to this place and countless online orders, they've wowed us with many aspects. 

Food & Drinks

The specialty here is middle eastern food, but they also whip up a number of out-of-Arabia dishes. However, in this review, we have stuck to some dishes that they're known for. 

Going with the old favs, we started off our meal with a classic Hummus Plate (Rs. 430), which was served alongside a single Saj bread. AK is well-known for their Hummus, and for years, they've been delivering it well. 
 
It was a deliciously creamy blend of chickpea and tahini, with a slight bitterness of olive oil seeping through. The portion size is quite big, so one Saj bread wouldn't do, which is why we ordered an extra one for Rs. 60. Flattened thinly with some chooty charcoal bits here and there, the bread was freshly made, and nicely paired with the Hummus. 

Featured above is the plate of Chicken Kebab (Rs. 740) which is comprised of two kebabs, and the sides of Saj bread, French Fries, Parsley Sambol, grilled capsicum, and a lime slice.

Carefully marinated with herbs, the kebabs were nicely grilled with a golden colored touch to the outside, decorated with a few charred spots. It had just the right amount of seasoning, which helped to bring out the meaty flavors so beautifully. Succulent and not too oily, its flavors were brightened up with the parsley sambol and the squeezed lime on the side. 

The Beef Tagine with Couscous (Rs. 700) was a delight. With tender chunks of beef simmered in a hearty blend of fragrant spices, its flavor was enriched by the added honey and dates. Aside from the pieces, we also spotted some shredded beef in the mix. The flavor was bound perfectly to each and every bit this plate, from onions, carrots, and olives to couscous and the meat itself. Every bite was a piquant burst, which left us wanting more. 

*Pictured above - Yalla Poma (left) and Watermelon Juice (Right)

Arabian Knights does some good juices, mocktails, and smoothies, and we tried a couple of them.

The Yalla Poma (Rs. 485) that comes under their smoothies was a delicious mix of homemade yogurt, and pomegranate. Reminiscing a pomegranate lassi, it was made with equal parts of the two elements, so the flavor was well balanced - aside from being refreshing and filling. 

In addition to the natural sweetness, the Watermelon Juice (Rs. 370) had only a little sugar, so you can savor all the natural flavors as you wish. We wish it was served in a tall glass though, considering the price we pay for it. 

On the sweet side of things, we went with the Muhalabia (Rs. 455) which turned out to be the best way of ending our meal. What makes a good Muhalabia is the simplicity of ingredients and the sharp flavors, and this one delivered both. Light and creamy with a hint of sweetness that comes from rose water, it was topped off with some pistachio bits, which made for the extra flavor. 

Service & Ambience

In our previous review, Bhagya describes its ambience as, 

"a predominantly yellow and orange theme, which may come off as gaudy to some, but still works pretty well overall. The interior is also decorated with middle eastern themed arches and some artsy metallic ceiling lamps."

It's still the same, and no significant change can be seen. The waitstaff was prompt, accommodating and super helpful.

Conclusion

After all these years, Arabian Knights seem to be doing pretty well, and going strong. We enjoyed our experience here, the same way we did in our past reviews. 

*You can pay from FriMi here. 
*Photographs courtesy of: @raveen.re

TIP

In case you forgot, they also deliver.
All Reviews

After all these years, Arabian Knights seem to be doing pretty well, and going strong.

Arabian Knights has long been one of Colombo's Middle Eastern staples, with reasonable prices and strong flavours.

After an initial hiccup, Arabian Knights has bounced back well. The food is nearly back to their former glory, and coupled with the new venue, things are looking up again.

So Arabian Knights has just moved from their small but popular eatery at Marine Drive to a proper restaurant in Kollupitiya Galle Road. It's an awesome place to hang out at, but the food was bit disappointing judging by their old Marine Drive standards.

Arabian Knights is a new and absolutely charming Syrian restaurant right by the sea. It only has about four seats and is more a takeaway joint, but if you walk in you'll be glad you did. Everybody there is quite charming (I said it twice cause it's true) and you can taste that they've put love and care into the food.

සිංහල ඩයින්-ඉන් විතරක් නෙවෙයි, ඩිලිවරිත් තියෙන නිසා ඇරබියන් නයිට්ස් එකේ කෑම බීම රස බලන්න රෙස්ටෝරන්ට් එකට යන්න ම ඕනේ නැහැ.

සිංහල ඇරේබියන් නයිට්ස් කියන්නේ මුහුද අද්දර පිහිටි අලුත්, ආකර්ශනීය සිරියානු අවන්හලක්. එහි තිබෙන්නේ ආසන හතරක් පමණයි. ඒ කියන්නේ එය වැඩිපුර කෑම පිටතට රැගෙන යන තැනක්. ඒත්, ඇතුළට ගියා නම් ඔබ සතුටු වෙයි. එහි සිටින අය හරිම සුහදයි. කෑම රසවෙන්නේ ඔවුන්ගේ ආදරය, සෙනෙහස නිසා වෙන්න ඇති.

தமிழ் கொழும்பின் அழகான கடற்கரை வீதியான மரைன் ட்ரைவில் புதிதாய் ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள சிரிய உணவகம் அரேபியன் நைட்ஸ். இது டேக் அவே உணவகமாக அமைந்துள்ளமையால் வெறும் 4 பேருக்கே உட்கார்ந்து சாப்பிட இருக்கை வசதி செய்திருக்கிறார்கள்.( ஆனாலும் நீங்கள் அங்கு இருந்து சாப்பிட முடிவெடுப்பீர்களானால் அம்முடிவையிட்டு திருப்திப்படுவீர்கள் ) இங்கு எல்லோரும் மிக்க நட்புடன் பழகுகிறார்கள். அவர்களது உணவில் அதிகமாக அன்பையும் உங்கள்மீதான அக்கறையையும் கலந்தே தருவதாக நீங்கள் உணர்வீர்கள்.

Address

379, Galle Road, Kollupitiya, Colombo 03

Directions

It's a little past McDonalds on Galle Road, right opposite Amana Bank on your right.

Contacts

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Report Inaccuracy

Open until 11:00 PM

Cuisine

Syrian

Price Range

Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Biriyani Shawarma

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4
User Reviews
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3/5

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Nusra Cader

Don't get the harira. Just don't. Like cheap tomato soup from a can, or worse, like watered down puree with some spices. Weirdly sweet.
I'm not sure how Yamu has given this place a 4/5. They've been meh since moving to colpetty.

S
1

5/5

0

Swash514230

Best shawarmas i have ever tasted.

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2

3/5

0

Nusra Cader

Don't get the harira. Just don't. Like cheap tomato soup from a can, or worse, like watered down puree with some spices. Weirdly sweet.
I'm not sure how Yamu has given this place a 4/5. They've been meh since moving to colpetty.

S
1

5/5

0

Swash514230

Best shawarmas i have ever tasted.

M
1

5/5

0

Madhushanka Ranatunga

If anyone wants to try Good Arabian food… hands down this is the best you could find…
There hummus/ Thabule & kebabs are exceptional!!!

N
1

4/5

0

Nilushka Perera

We loved the hummus, which was done three ways. But the cheese sambosek was yum! It had a bit of a dominos cheese pizza effect on it! Must try.
Prices are also fair and the service is great :)

A
1

1/5

0

Afthab Hussain

Being a regular customer very disappointed of the way whoever is handling this page and replying.

You may have had a lightning strike and your phone systems were down as you say which I doubt now after the attitude I got from the person replying and shows the importance you have for your customer despite of sending out a message way before closing time and instead of making upto a customer you give them attitude.

I regret patronizing your restaurant. I'm don't with you guys. And the reason is not your food but our attitude.

R
1

3/5

0

Roshan Perera

could not find a better option than this in Colombo

A
5

5/5

0

ajlalwani

Had the chicken Kasba it was very good. definitely the best place for Middle Eastern fare in Colombo

D
1

3/5

0

Dee

Nothing great about the food…few selected items are good…chicken shawarma is not good at all…

S
1

3/5

0

ShaBeer

So I call Arabian Knights to get my food delivered, and all they had to say was their delivery boy is out of town, so they cannot deliver. Truly customer service is awful. They may want to be remembered that it make take months to roll their magic with their great display of food but only seconds to lose customers with unacceptable service.

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