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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 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.

The Food



We sat down to have lunch. The meal began with a heart-shaped falafel which the chef gave us for free. The chef is authentic Syrian, so much so that he speaks no English (or Sinhala or Tamil) at all, which gave us great hopes for the food. He wears a bright red fez and is quite sweet, when he gave us the falafel he said "love Sri Lanka".

The falafel itself was crunchy and good, coated with sesame seeds and a tahini sauce.

For lunch we ordered the Spicy Syriana Meal (Rs. 460) and the Falafel Veg Sandwich (Rs. 230). The Spicy Syriana consists of a beef or chicken shawarama (wrap), french fries, two falafel and cole slaw.

Let's start with the shawarma. It was good. Too many Sri Lankan joints think a shawarma is a wrap but it really has a character of its own. Arabian Knights gets it right, with light parsley, tomato and those lovely pickled beets. Plus they include a delicious garlic mayo sauce and chili sauce, the little touches that make Arabic meals so nice. Is it the best shawarma I've ever had? Not quite, the bread could be a bit less toasted for example, but it's head-and-shoulders above any Arabic food in Sri Lanka so far.

Again, it's the little things that make a difference. The fries go quickly with the dipping sauces, the falafels come with their own tahini sauce and the shawarma has a good bite of veg inside. The only thing that doesn't make sense is the cole slaw, but I've never liked cole slaw.

The falafel was OK. Shru wasn't over the moon, but I ate the rest of hers quite happily. She thinks the falafel should have been more soft and crumbly and the wrap shouldn't be toasted. To me this is true, but these are within the range of personal taste. We both agreed that the place was lovely and delish.

As a note, one of the employees said a popular local dish washe Kabsa Chicken/Beef (Rs. 480). We'll have to come back to give that a try.

The Drinks



They also have an incredible drink called the polo mint lemonade (Rs. 200). This tastes just like the lime and mint frappe at Commons, but it's a 100 bucks cheaper. We also tried the AKs Special Layers Cocktail, which is separated layers of mango, papaya and banana juice, like at Bombay Sweet Mahal. We've long thought this was a genius drink and it's nice to see it somewhere else. They also had a banana milkshake with honey and nuts that we want to try next time.

The Location



Marine Drive (officially the Colombo Plan Road) is one of our favorite strips in Colombo. I mean, you have the Indian Ocean on one side, with some amazing sunsets. What's not to like? Despite being small, Arabian Knights has a stunning view of the ocean. Marine Drive, also, is one of the less trafficked roads in Colombo with no particular issues with parking and all. That said, don't come here for a family dinner, there's only four seats. I would honestly be quite happy sitting by the beach and eating takeaway, but that's not for everyone.

The Price



Our total bill for two people getting everything we wanted was Rs. 1,190. Tax and service seem to be included in their prices, which is a blessing in this time of surprising bills. You can still have quite a decent bite for Rs. 500.

Conclusion



We give Arabian Knights two sauce coated thumbs up. The food is excellent, but most of all the staff and owners are charming and put thought and care into the food. It's good that the chefs are authentic Syrian, but it's better that they're authentically nice. Good food is a matter of both quality and service and Arabian Knights has both. We recommend.

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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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.

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1

5/5

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Swash514230

Best shawarmas i have ever tasted.

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2

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

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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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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

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

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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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