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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.



Arabian Knights has made some definite improvements since our last review. We'd say the food is back to it's creative former glory.

The Food

The first time we tried out the new Arabian Knights in Colpetty was just a few weeks after they had opened their doors, and while we were expecting big things, they didn't quite deliver. Over the next six months we got some pretty positive feedback from the customers, so we figured it was worth another shot. While there is still room for improvement, the food was undeniably better.

It was a pretty warm day so we decided to try out their camels fury (Rs. 390). I swear I didn't just make that up. It's a mixed juice with strawberries and pineapple, which isn't overly sweet, very refreshing and really hits the spot after walking in the sun.

We started off with the classic hummus (Rs. 360). After recently trying the hummus at Sama Restaurant, we'd say this was pretty close when it came to taste with a good balance of creaminess and seasoning, but thicker and slightly grainy in texture. If I had to choose, I'd still go with the Sama's smoother texture, but that's a personal preference.

Damasco fries (Rs. 360) are pretty much something the guys at Arabian Knights came up with, so it's tough to really say what they're supposed to be. It's more or less a thicker version of a potato chip. The ones we got on our initial visit were soggy, but second time around they were crispy, puffy and well seasoned. Kinda' like little puffed potato papadams. While it tasted good, I still feel that it should be priced a bit lower.

The majboos rice (Rs. 580) was pretty good overall. It comes with a roasted chicken hind quarter, rice, a tomato based puree and a questionable salad. While the salad didn't really make much sense, the rest of the elements worked pretty well together. The rice being just a bit too dry was the only issue here, but adding the puree helped somewhat. The chicken was really the star of this dish, cooked perfectly moist and seasoned just right. They should consider offering a bucket of that chicken.

For dessert we tried out the muhallabia (Rs. 390), which is a curd-like Arabian dessert made from condensed milk, rice flour and rose water, topped with some pistachios. I wasn't too excited when I heard about the rose water addition, but it turned out to be pretty yummy. It's kind of like a jello version of  condensed milk, with a hint of rose water and pistachios for a bit of crunch.

Ambience & Service

The restaurant has 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.

The service is still pretty great. The staff is helpful and attentive, and the manager still goes around to the tables getting feedback from the diners.

Conclusion

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.


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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

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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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1/5

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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

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ajlalwani

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

D
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3/5

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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

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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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