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3/5

Chinese Dragon Cafe

11 Milagiriya Avenue, Colombo 4


One of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Colombo, Chinese Dragon does an okay job.



Chinese Dragon is one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Colombo, and it's a name synonymous with Sri Lankanized Chinese food. Their delivery is also pretty efficient. We dropped into their restaurant on Milagiriya Avenue for lunch.

Food

Basically, you can either have noodles or rice. While nowadays there's Chinese restaurants that will serve you a variety of noodles, Chinese Dragon just serves up those Harischandra type noodles. You can get chicken, pork, beef, fish, cuttlefish or prawns. The food isn't authentic Chinese by any means. 

We started off with Prawn Spring Rolls (Rs 400) and they were way too oily to be appetizing. It came with a gingery lemon juice dip that made it somewhat palatable. We didn't care much for this.

On the bright side, our Hot Butter Cuttlefish (Rs 700) was pretty legit. It wasn't too oily, and had been drained well so that it was actually quite dry and crisp. They mix it up with chili paste after it's fried, so it's quite spicy. It isn't as flavourful as what you get at The Station, but it's quite good and you get a fair portion for the price.

We didn't expect much from the noodles and what was served up didn't surprise us. The fried noodles with chicken (Rs 370) hardly had any chicken in it, and three people could have eaten this regular portion.

We decided to do as the Chinese do and ordered a whole garupa. A 400g fish cost us (Rs 1245) at Rs 310 per 100 grams. The garoupa was steamed with ginger and spring onion. We quite enjoyed it. The fish was cooked well but the flavour wasn't spectacular. There were some ginger notes but not enough to really make an impression.

Juice

For drinks, we got a watermelon juice (Rs 270) and a lime juice (Rs 90). Both were pretty watered down and overly sweet. When left alone, all the pulp in the watermelon juice just rose to the top and half the glass was just water. Sadness. 

Ambiance & Service

The whole time we were there, we were kept company by flies. Not just one irksome fly, lots of them. For an air-conditioned, closed space, this was surprising. Otherwise the place seems clean and has a straightforward look and feel. Service was pretty prompt.

Conclusion

Chinese Dragon has a long, long way to go if it wants to be considered a legit Chinese restaurant. There's just too much competition and quite a few options for authentic Chinese food in Colombo. Even when it comes to Sri Lankanized Chinese food, you can get a better deal elsewhere. So, what is their redeeming quality? Their delivery is pretty reliable and they've got long-standing nostalgia value. That's about it.

 

Address

11 Milagiriya Avenue, Colombo 4

Directions

Milagiriya Avenue is just north of Dickman's Road on Galle Road, as it becomes uniflow. From Marine Drive, it's just near the Bamba flats, between Melbourne and Jaya roads.

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Ashi

not friendly staff and quality of food is not good.

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Ravi

Terrible food and service. Portions are small and the Baked Crab is really 'Baked Cabbage' in a crab shell.
A definite no. no.
The age of the place is of no importance 'cos we are not interested in its antique value! The owners/management have changed and so have the staff!
(11 Milagiriya Avenue, Colombo 4)

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Axcilate09

Ordered at 18.14 and even at 20.32 the order was not delivered. Absolutely pathetic service!

Avatar for Ashi
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2/5

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Ashi

not friendly staff and quality of food is not good.

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Ravi

Terrible food and service. Portions are small and the Baked Crab is really 'Baked Cabbage' in a crab shell.
A definite no. no.
The age of the place is of no importance 'cos we are not interested in its antique value! The owners/management have changed and so have the staff!
(11 Milagiriya Avenue, Colombo 4)

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1/5

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Axcilate09

Ordered at 18.14 and even at 20.32 the order was not delivered. Absolutely pathetic service!

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VT

Ordered food around 7.30 pm and delivered at 10. 00 pm. Don’t use Chinese Dragon delivery. It’s terrible

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2/5

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asanka28864

RATED 0.2/5
Worst Place to have Chinese food. This place was great earlier.
Today we ordered mixed Fried rice (usually it taste like pork, beef, prawns, chicken) from Chinese dragon cafe Wattala and we didn’t feel at all. Nothing like Chinese food taste and small QTY also.

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1/5

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hasileoz

Small Portion, High Price

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