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4/5

Hazari's

556/2, Marine Drive, Colombo 3.


Hazari's has managed to maintain their Middle-Eastern standard while moving to their new Marine Drive location.



With some new Middle Eastern restaurants opening up in Colombo we thought we'd revisit Hazari's. While their desserts still need work, the mains are meaty, ample in portion and spicy.

The Food

Hazari's has been around since 2012, and has gained a dedicated customer base. As of late the Middle Eastern food scene in Colombo has grown with the additions of Sama and the new Arabian Knights. The menu at Hazari's is slightly different from the others with stuff like mushaltat and Arabic pizzas. The only downside being that meats are limited to beef and chicken. The prices are also very reasonable with dishes priced between Rs. 280 to Rs. 1500. The great thing is that even the less expensive dishes come in large, filling portions. While the mains we tried were satisfying, we can't really say the same about the desserts which still requires some fine tuning.


We started off with the beef fatteh (Rs. 490) which is a hummus dish served with chunks of grilled beef, chickpeas, toasted kubz, caramelized onions and chillies. So far I'd say this is the best of the hummus dishes I've tried in Colombo. This is also one of the few places that offers hummus and meats. We'd say this one falls somewhere between a starter and a main, but the portion is still quite large and should suffice unless you're very hungry. The beef was grilled and seasoned very well with the caramelized onions adding both texture and sweetness to the creamy hummus.


The Kabsa rice with grilled chicken (Rs. 920) was also well prepared, if a bit on the spicy side. The kabsa rice was very flavoursome with plenty of spices, saffron and cardamoms. It's served with a sizeable piece of grilled chicken, sauteed veges, roasted potatoes and aubergines. The chicken was cooked very well, but we felt it was just a tad bit too spicy. If you're a spice buff you'll likely love this one but it tends to overpower the other flavours. This one has personal preference involved so perhaps let the waiter know how much heat you prefer.


The dessert was the only real letdown for us here. We got the oddly named strawberry and cheese (Rs. 265) hoping it would be something similar to Middle Eastern spin on a strawberry cheesecake with some fresh strawberries. While the Middle Eastern spin part remained somewhat true with the roti, there were no actual strawberries, with strawberry syrup and jam being substituted instead. The biggest problem here was that the syrup on the outside and jam on the inside had such contrasting artificial taste that the entire dish was unbalanced.

Ambience & Service


Hazari's is located in Thimbirigasyaya, which is fast becoming one of the best foodie neighborhoods in Colombo with recent additions like Giovanni's, Domenico's and The Bread Company. The interior is very simple with seating for around 30 with large glass windows which allow plenty of natural light to flow in.


We didn't have any complaints about the service at Hazari's which was both fast and helpful. The young waiter was enthusiastic, knew the dishes well and also told us about the dishes that weren't listed on the menu yet. From what we've experienced their delivery is also very efficient.

Conclusion


We've seen consistent improvement at Hazari's over the past couple of years. They're already one of the Colombo's best Middle Eastern restaurants. All they need to do is get their desserts sorted.


TIP

Try the iced and mint teas. They're refreshing and good.
All Reviews

Hazari's has managed to maintain their standard while moving to their new Marine Drive location.

With some new Middle Eastern restaurants opening up in Colombo we thought we'd revisit Hazari's. While their desserts still need work, the mains are meaty, ample in portion and spicy.

Hazari's is one of the nicest Arabic restaurants in town. We were wrong in our first review to call it just OK. They serve different and thoughtful Middle Eastern food with good service and delivery.

Hazari's has managed to maintain their Middle-Eastern standard while moving to their new Marine Drive location.

සිංහල මෙතනින් නියම අරාබි රස ගන්න පුළුවන්. ඇවිල්ල හොඳට කාල, එහා පැත්තෙ තියෙන ඉන්දියන් සාගරේත් සිරිය පොඩ්ඩක් නරඹලා යන්න.

සිංහල ලාභ, ඉක්මණ් ඒත් සුවිශේෂ නොවන අරාබි කෑම

தமிழ் "ஹஸரீஸ்" புதிதாய் ஆரம்பிக்கப்பட்டுள்ள அராபிய உணவகம். இது திம்பிரிகஸ்யாய வீதியில் பைவ் வீதிக்கு அருகில் அமைந்துள்ளது.

Address

556/2, Marine Drive, Colombo 3.

Directions

Former Redberry's location.

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Cuisine

Middle Eastern

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
3
Quality Rating
3
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3

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The best ever Shawarma ever tasted in Colombo😍

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It used to be really good when it was on thimbri

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Luna.P

Absolutely horrible service ! I made my first visit to Hazari's today. I'd made a reservation 40 minutes prior to arrival. When I got here, they have not reserved a table nor taken down the details for the reservation. They just rushed us into a basement, which from the looks of it is hardly ever used. The tables are covered with a thin layer of dust and the entire room smells of dust. The waiter only made his way downstairs to take our order after 20 minutes.
Extremely disappointed with the service. Hazaris please learn to serve your customers a little better, it wouldn't kill you.

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