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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.



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 a bit disappointing judging by their old standards.

The Food

During Ramadan they've got a neat ifthar deal for Rs. 1250 - you get their chicken shorba soup, chicken and beef kebabs, falafel, pita bread, damasco fries, mini Syrian shawarma, a glass of laban, and Arabic pudding or muhalabia. On typical days the shawarmas are for Rs. 420, the damasco fries for Rs. 360 and a plate of kebab for Rs. 680. So with taxes you might spend about Rs. 1000 here. The menu is limited till around the first week of August or so, so we're yet to sample this new outlet's rice dishes.

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We love damasco fries, so it was with great sorrow that we discovered ours were very soggy. They promptly gave us a plate of well fried french fries to make up for it though.

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On the same plate was a beef samosa, falafel, beef kofta kebab and chicken seekh kebab and a spicy dip. They were alright, nothing stood out, and the chicken kebab was dry. We loved the dip though and used it as a side for the shawarma as well.

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We were so looking forward to the mini Syrian shawarma - these guys are known for their good shawarmas. But it was an anti-climax situation when it arrived; it was of course tasty, but average and could have used more filling.

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The glass of laban (fermented milk) was meh, but then maybe that's my fault because I don't even like Arabic beverages. The muhalabia, an Arabic dessert, made of condensed milk and nuts was delicious - we really wished the cup wasn't so tiny though. The manager offered us a nice strong cup of mint tea too.

Service & Ambience

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The service at Arabian Knights is very good - the managers stop by tables for a chat and the waiters are very polite and obliging if you ask them about the dishes. The Syrian chef so well known at the old outlet can still be seen here in the kitchen (his fez has been replaced with an ordinary cap though).

The restaurant is all blues and yellows, Middle Eastern arches and lattice. Its central dining area is lit up by boxy retro lanterns from the ceiling, and from here you can peek into the kitchen through glass doors. There are two inner rooms - one has more dining tables, and one is a very cool chill-out out room with low tables and cushions on the floor.

Conclusion

The Arabian Knights restaurant has got a very cool jazzed up interior, it's a great place to hang out at with friends. Their food is just okay, not impressive, and yet to meet their old level of awesome. We're hoping that maybe they'll up their game once the full menu is out in August.

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

Closed right now

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!!!

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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 :)

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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

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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…

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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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