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4/5

Noodles (Cinnamon Grand)

Cinnamon Grand Colombo, 77, Galle Road, Colombo 3


Feel like dining fancy on a budget? Noodles at Cinnamon Grand is your spot.



Our past three reviews of Noodles have remained positive and this fourth one isn't an exception. They're so consistent in terms of price and quality that reviewing and writing about them has become a mundane process now.

Every time you go in, the food is good, the service is good, the prices are good...evey thing is just..good. While their presentation and ingredient count may vary you can still expect a tasty dish, you know? 
Our recent experience here was no different. 

The Ambience

The ambience here is pretty straightforward. They've got plain tables and chairs, minimal decor, dim yellow lighting which yields atrocious photographs (as you will soon see), and an outdoor smoking area as well in case you like your Mock Duck Soup with a little extra nicotine. 

They've got an open kitchen that doesn't really give much away on account of its high counter-tops. There are also a few interesting ornaments strewn about, like weird hats, and an entire table with dried noodles for your reference in case you're confused about the types of noodles involved in the menu. 

The Food

Our starter was a portion of the Cha Gio Chay Voi Nam Vo Rau, or if that intimidates you: the Crispy Vietnamese Vegetarian Spring Rolls (Rs. 450). This dish comes with five normal-sized rolls, each stuffed with shredded leeks, carrots, and other greens of the like. The outser shell is a richer version of your average filo, and true to its namesake, delivers on crunch and crisp. The dipping sauce is a tad watery but is good for adding an extra note of flavour in case you feel like something's missing. 

The Tofu Moyashi is a tofu based broth that comes with soba noodles, lots of vegetables and somehow only a light helping of tofu itself. If you choose to ignore this slight blasphemy, it actually makes for a fantastic vegetable soba soup. 
You get broccoli, bok choi, carrots, cabbage, onions and perhaps a few mushrooms swimming about, all soaking in a delicious coconut based veggie broth. It's nice and comforting, but the lack of tofu leaves room for critique. 

I always see whole roast duck strung from hooks over their open kitchen counters and wondered what dish those are part of. Upon inquiry, the waiter looked a bit clueless and told us that we could place orders for duck based dishes, but that they weren't on the menu save for a few. I got the Roast Duck Ramen Soup which clocks in at Rs. 650 for a small portion.

This is a delicious dish. It's spicy, the broth is strong and uh, ducky, and there's a nice, flavour play from all the contributory aromatics seeping in this bowl. The soup is a deep sienna and has a number of roast duck slices. I loved the duck; the meat was pink and tender which provided a suitable contrast to its crisp skin. The ramen and vegetables tie the whole soup together with a good balance of carbs and added flavour from the greens. 

Special shout-put to the duck; put it on your list of things to try if you're ever at Noodles. It's pretty good. 

For dessert, we opted for a serving of the Nashi Pear (Rs. 350). The Nashi pear is a type of pear native to East Asia. It's smaller than the average pear, but it also yields a better taste. We're not sure if actual Nashi pears went into the making of this dish but they looekd rather small in size, so who knows.

This is a small serving of halved, stewed pears swimming in an extremely dense and rich spice-infused syrup. It's got an extensive flavour profile that has hints of cardamom, star anise and a whole bunch of other things that give it a bitter, sweet, and tart flavour. The syrup also has sake infused into it, so two shots of just the liquid alone might probably get you drunk.

We couldn't finish the entire thing as it was too rich a dish, but if you're in the mood for a little luxury- help yourselves. 

The Drinks

For our drinks we got the Singapore Sling (Rs. 960) and the Green Lady (Rs. 490). 

The Singapore Sling is a blood red colour, and comes with gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Benedictine, Grenadine, pineapple juice, lemon juice and Angostura bitters. Now half of those things don't really make a stand-alone appearance on their own, but overall this drink is bang full of flavour. The pineapple gives off the strongest flavour, and the rest is a sweet, boozy whisper. 

The Green Lady unfortunately wasn't much of a star. Mint Leaves, lime, cucumber and Sprite are the elements at play here and none of those are mild ingredients, but they were unfortunately subdued by the sheer amount of water. If this was advertised as flavoured water instead of an actual drink it'd be a success, but alas, that isn't the case. 

The drinks were simple in their presentation- perhaps a bit too simple. Basic glasses, plastic straws, a bit of fruit propped on the edge as garnis/extra decoration makes for a rather unexciting sight.

Service

Our server that night was extremely friendly. It made me wonder why. I've never quite experienced such courtesy, nor politeness at a restaurant before. He probably knew that I was the grumpy chick from that Friyay show (plug). The staff here are extremely accommodating, fast, and their knowledge of the menu is superb. If you're stuck with your order, just tell them what you feel like having and they'll make a recommendation. 

Conclusion

Despite my slightly negative tone of voice in this review, Noodles is actually one of my most favourite restaurants. It's fancy, classy and an excellent date spot if you're on a budget or don't feel like throwing all your cash on a single dinner. If you aren't fussy, and just want to dress up and enjoy yourselves over drinks and reasonably priced food- then you know where to go. 


TIP

Call for reservations if you're going for dinner, since the place gets pretty packed.

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Address

Cinnamon Grand Colombo, 77, Galle Road, Colombo 3

Directions

Cinnamon Grand is between Temple Trees and Galle Face on the Galle Road. Inside, walk into the lobby, turn right, go past Coffee Stop and the shoe shine place and down the stairs. Keep going forward and it's there.

Contacts

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Open until 11:30 PM

Cuisine

Asian Thai

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Noodles Beef Pork Chicken Fish

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mikahgal

Excellent service…delicious food. Would be going back for sure.

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5/5

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hesh22

excellent food and value for money. only draw back is how difficult it is to get reservations

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damieanyamu

awesome place… superb food… but sometimes it's a little too noisy… that's why I gave a 4/5… buy definitely going back again…

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5/5

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mikahgal

Excellent service…delicious food. Would be going back for sure.

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5/5

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hesh22

excellent food and value for money. only draw back is how difficult it is to get reservations

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damieanyamu

awesome place… superb food… but sometimes it's a little too noisy… that's why I gave a 4/5… buy definitely going back again…

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Denom Silva

First time visiting Noodles and definitely not the last. The food was delicious and the service was top notch! Ambience was great too.

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5/5

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feastbeast

Great value for money… never ever disappoints!

Staff are efficient as well.

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My Food Diaries

This is an accurate review from Yamu. The food, service and ambiance were all excellent. And it's true that the waiters are well versed with the menu to the point they know the exact item number! The prices are quite reasonable. Perfect place for a family dinner or date night! Make sure you make a reservation in advance.

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Uncle Johnson

food was extremely average. service was lousy. not worth the time and money

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siukit

When I walked in the restaurant, there were around 6-7 tables vacant. I was told that only the bar table was available. Since I'm 6-month pregnant, I found it highly not comfortable to take the bar table but they refused to let me take other tables as they were reserved. As I was alone, not feeling quite comfortable just wanna have a quick soup noodles, I said I would finish it quickly and return table. They refused. Without any choice and being tired to walk around, I ended up sitting at the bar table. The high chair caused discomfort to my big belly and I needed to stand up from time to time while waiting for the noodles. After I finished my noodles and paid the bill, the table next to me was still available. (The whole dining time was within 30minute; Noodle waiting time was 20minute; Eating time was 10minute.)

I was really upset, as they didn't see my needs nor never put any effort to offer me alternatives to accommodate my needs. The Restaurant Manager, Mr. Promoda Fernando even spoke very loudly "what can I do if the customer arrive?"

From the service provider's perspective, the manager and staff didn't show empathy when they couldn't accommodate my request. They manager might have saved the table for a few customers who may not show up in the end. Maybe he could win that table of customers. Maybe not. But definitely he has lost one customer who will never go back again or recommend to her friends or business partners. And I'm sure there are lots of other competitors could offer nice food or noodles. Service is always the key to win returning customers but this restaurant failed already.

From the operation's perspective, the manager did not know how to maximise the capacity of the restaurant. How many tables were left that time? What time would the customers arrive? How many tables of customers would soon finish their dinner? (At least I saw one table customer left while I was having my noodle). Did they try to contact those few tables of customers and confirm their arrival? Could they offer me to take the seat first and ask me to take the bar seat if customers really came? There was no flexibility in the restaurant.

From management's perspective, the manager did not set a good role model of providing the best customer service, trying to solve guests' problems. Every guest problem is an opportunity for a company but sadly the manager failed to win the customers, wasting the effort from the culinary team.

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Mystica

Food and service was excellent. Starter of tempura and minced pork on mushrooms was very good. Very reasonably priced considering location and ambience.

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