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3/5

China Doll

8 Alfred House Avenue, Colombo 3


China Doll, once a fresh entry into the Chinese Restaurant tamasha is no longer the jaw dropping experience it once was.



China Doll has been known in the past for its awesome variety of well prepared noodles, wonton and fried rice, but lately their food just hasn't been up to the same mark.

Service & Ambience

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We liked their restaurant in Alfred House Avenue. Not really a big fan of those awkward big leather chairs, but the overall feel of the place is very relaxed and arty, what with the pretty chandeliers and pop art on the walls. The service was okay - our waiter was very attentive to us, but the rest seemed to be having a bad day. The menu says 'we don't serve pork' but then directly on top of this there's a stapled flyer that advertises pork - so they do, now.

Food

Mee Goreng Mee Goreng


We started with their chicken wonton (Rs. 509), a plate of four fried dumplings filled with soft chicken, a dish that came highly recommended. They were hot and tasty, but way too soaked in cooking oil. They were reddish and almost transparent from being slathered in oil.

They didn't ease up on the oil with our next dishes either. China Doll is best known for their noodles, so our waiter recommended the Mee Goreng (Rs. 449), which promised 'fresh hokkien noodles' with prawn, chicken, tofu, red chili, some veggies and fried egg. The prawns in this dish were tasty and spicy, but the noodles and veggies were a huge disappointment. The noodles did not taste very fresh and the vegetables seemed to have been suffocated with oil and sat drooping at one end of the plate; the whole dish fell a bit flat - we were thankful for the piece of fried egg at least.

10 Char Kway Teow


The Char Kway Teow (Rs. 449) sounded promising - fresh rice noodles with prawn, cuttlefish, chicken sausage, vegetables and soy sauce. The presentation was terrible, the dish honestly did not look appetizing: dark brown oil-slathered noodles and onions, from which the cuttlefish and bits of prawn had to be rescued. It was one brown unidentifiable mess. The meat wasn't so tasty, but it was mostly the noodles that ruined it for us. Perhaps ordering a separate plate of prawns or cuttlefish would have been a better idea.

Good points

The chicken wonton filling still tastes good and the fried dough is crunchy, the prawns in the Mee Goreng were good, and they've got an amazing pineapple juice (Rs. 300). Also the place is pretty affordable - for two people, especially considering the large portions, it only cost about 2K.

Conclusion

China Doll has a big fanbase among those who want to go to a Chinese restaurant that serves food that's neither typical mainland Chinese nor the Sri Lankan Chinese hybrid. We remember getting their tasty yellow boxes through delivery when they first set up. So we really hope they up their game - the noodles need a load of work and the guy in the kitchen with the oil-hose needs to be restrained.

TIP

Try going for a dry dish of prawns or cuttlefish, those still seem to be alright.
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China Doll, once a fresh entry into the Chinese Restaurant tamasha is no longer the jaw dropping experience it once was.

China Doll has been known in the past for its awesome variety of well prepared noodles, wonton and fried rice, but lately their food just hasn't been up to the same mark.

The former delivery/take away only China Doll has opened up a large and lovely restaurant on Alfred House Avenue. The menu includes the delivery favourite noodles and chicken wings while also branching into big family servings of popular Chinese dishes: penang curries, hot butter cuttlefish, singapore chilli crab, the works

සිංහල චයිනා ඩෝල් ඉස්සර පිටත ගෙන යන්නට කෑම අලෙවි කිරීම හා නිවසට කෑම ගෙනැවිත් දීම කළ තැනක්. දැන් චයිනා ඩෝල් ඇල්ෆ්‍රඩ් හවුස් ඇවනියුහි ලොකු, ලස්සන අවන්හලක් විවෘත කරලා. එහි මෙනුවේ කලින් නිවසට ගෙනත් කෑම ගත් අයගේ ප්‍රියතම ආහාර වෙලා තිබුණ චිකන් විං සමග නූඩ්ල්ස් වගේ ම පවුලේ අයට සත්කාර කරන්න යෝග්‍ය ආසියානු භෝජන වන පෙනෑං කරි, උණු බටර් දැල්ලෝ, සිංගප්පූරු මිරිස් කකුළුවෝ ආදියත් තිබෙනවා.

Address

8 Alfred House Avenue, Colombo 3

Directions

Alfred House Avenue is a one-way street towards Galle Road, so one way to get there is through Alfred House Gardens off Galle Road - make two rights when you drive in. Or find the Dialog Arcade on the old Duplication Road, and turn right there.

Contacts

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Cuisine

Chinese

Price Range

Between Rs. 200 - Rs. 500

Dish Types

Noodles

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
2
Ambience Rating
2
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Came for dinner last night ( 11/12/12) as always the service was just superb !! Tried a new dish, a thai dish… it was superb !!!! Good portion too !!

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KrishniIresha

Love them !! Me and my friends had the weirdest craving in the evening for tom yum as my friend was sick and alllllll the places in Colombo refused to serve us and these guys opened for us and served us really well… Probably the best customer service place in town !! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GUYS !!

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5/5

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KrishniIresha

Came for dinner last night ( 11/12/12) as always the service was just superb !! Tried a new dish, a thai dish… it was superb !!!! Good portion too !!

K
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5/5

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KrishniIresha

Love them !! Me and my friends had the weirdest craving in the evening for tom yum as my friend was sick and alllllll the places in Colombo refused to serve us and these guys opened for us and served us really well… Probably the best customer service place in town !! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK GUYS !!

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