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4/5

Fat Panda

30A, Sea Avenue, Colombo 03


A multi-cuisine casual restaurant off Marine Drive, with a whole range of fusion Asian fare.



Fat Panda is a one-stop-shop for fusion Asian dining. The best part is that you don't have to dress up and you can BYOB. Don't confuse it with another zaftig animal, Fat Crab, which is a bit further along Marine Drive.

Dining & Drinks

At first glance, the menu seems expensive. But then you realise it's inclusive of pesky taxes and hidden charges and it doesn't seem too bad. We tried an Indonesian Satay (Rs. 1100), a Singapore Chilli Crab (Rs. 1650), and a Pad Thai (Rs. 1300).

The satay was a hefty portion of 3 thick chicken satays on a bed of pickled vegetables accompanied by a thick home-made herby peanut sauce, and steamed rice topped with caramelized crispy onion. The flavours at play were great, and everything well-prepared, but we thought the pieces of chicken were too thick (which made them a bit dry on the inside).

Our pad thai on the other hand was excellent. The delicate Thai flavours, with zesty lemongrass and soft, succulent chicken bits made for a delicious dish. This was also fairly large and in my opinion enough for two to share. We'll definitely be coming back for this.

Our final, greatest dish was the crab. A massive, fiery concoction of crispy sweet-chilli batter, succulent medium shell crab, and chunks of flavour-soaked fresh crab meat, this is one of my favourite crab preparations in the city. Again, I felt this was enough for two people and totally worth shelling out for (heh). Also where are you going to get this quality and quantity of crab for this price?

The drinks were a tad boring, just a few juices and mocktails. We opted for an Orange Fizz (Rs. 400), which was basically orange juice and soda, and a Jungle Cooler (Rs. 500) which was a pina colada without alcohol. 

Service

The waitstaff were great throughout our experience. Swift, friendly, and efficient. We were pleasantly surprised at how quickly the food came out despite being prepared fresh (although this is partially because we were the only people there). They also knew their way around the menu.

Ambience

The restaurant commandeers two levels of a small building on the tiny Sea Avenue. The top floor isn't ready yet, but they're planning to create a rooftop area for small events etc. As it stands, the decor is quite confused, with plastic wood and brick wallpaper, as well as Emperor Quin's terracotta army and charming newspaper geisha artwork upstairs (even though they don't really serve either Mainland Chinese or Japanese cuisine).

We sat downstairs for lunch, which was a huge mistake as the room wasn't properly air conditioned and we were slowly baking and sweating. Also, the front of the restaurant is on street level and completely glass, so we found ourselves in a greenhouse, subject to staring and soliciting by the people on the road outside. Our only view apart from this was a run down dry cleaners opposite. 

Conclusion

The food and service here are excellent. We didn't love the ambience, but who cares about the view when you're elbow-deep in excellent chilli crab? Overall, we'd highly recommend this spot if you want somewhere to have a quiet corkage-free drink and a whole lot of crab.

Address

30A, Sea Avenue, Colombo 03

Directions

Sea Avenue is just off Marine Drive, the road before Whight & Co.

Contacts

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Cuisine

Asian Malay Fusion South-East Asian

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Dish Types

Seafood Crab

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
5
Ambience Rating
3
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User Reviews
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5/5

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mendiyaa

Such a great place to chill ❤ the food was delicious.

L
2

5/5

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Lara

Went there for dinner last evening and got the Nasi Goreng, Stir Fry Shrimp, Hot Butter Cuttlefish and Micky Mouse :D. The food was delicious! True enough we were the only customers there though but we didn't really care! The food was yum!

L
2

5/5

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Lara

Went there for dinner last evening and got the Nasi Goreng, Stir Fry Shrimp, Hot Butter Cuttlefish and Micky Mouse :D. The food was delicious! True enough we were the only customers there though but we didn't really care! The food was yum!

M
1

5/5

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mendiyaa

Such a great place to chill ❤ the food was delicious.

L
2

5/5

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Lara

Went there for dinner last evening and got the Nasi Goreng, Stir Fry Shrimp, Hot Butter Cuttlefish and Micky Mouse :D. The food was delicious! True enough we were the only customers there though but we didn't really care! The food was yum!

L
2

5/5

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Lara

Went there for dinner last evening and got the Nasi Goreng, Stir Fry Shrimp, Hot Butter Cuttlefish and Micky Mouse :D. The food was delicious! True enough we were the only customers there though but we didn't really care! The food was yum!

M
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4/5

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Miley93

Great place overall. Food needs to be made more accurately as the original dishes, regardless there's ample flavor

V
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4/5

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Vindika W

Take away order - Food was tasty and was very authentic. Main Courses had good portions, The shrimp cakes tasted good but quantity was less in my opinion. Need to work on the pricing as it's a little too expensive with contrast to competitors. Work on this and this place could have a lot of potential ahead.

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5

2/5

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ajlalwani

We went around 3pm no one was there. At least we got good service. Food is just okay. Pad Thai did not have the right flavour. Chicken satays were soft and tender. Prices are nett including taxes. The place has no ambience though. Probably won't go there again anytime soon . It is still new though and may pick up in a few months.

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4/5

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Salmah Shuhaib

Lol 1100 bucks for satay!? Satay here in Singapore is only about 1$

J
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1/5

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jn19

I went with my brother and family around 4pm not a single soul

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