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Noodles (Cinnamon Grand)

Cinnamon Grand Colombo, 77, Galle Road, Colombo 3

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  • Open Monday-Saturday: 12 PM - 3 PM & Daily: 6.30 PM - 11.30 PM


Noodles at Cinnamon Grand offers one the most complete dining experiences around the city at a surprisingly affordable price point, while maintaining a high level service.



Noodles at Cinnamon Grand offers one the most complete dining experiences around the city. Despite a menu that offers varying Asian cuisines, they manage to do all of it quite well, at a surprisingly affordable price point, while maintaining a high level of service.

The Food

When you think about hotel restaurants, in most cases you’re looking at spending around Rs. 2000 per head, at least. Noodles, however, is a welcome exception from the norm with most of their mains ranging from Rs. 650 - Rs. 850, which is outstanding considering the ambience and service. I’m usually skeptical when it comes to restaurants that try to offer a bunch of cuisines, but Noodles does a great job by not trying to do too much while still offering a good variety of cuisines including Chinese, Japanese, Thai and Indonesian.

When I got the menu in hand, I was trying to decide between three pork dishes (which is way harder than it sounds). Then when we asked the waiter, he just pulled out an iPad that had the entire menu with actual images, which we think is a really cool feature that other restaurants should also offer.

After going through the images, I settled on the the roast pork tebasaki (Rs. 650). Tebasaki usually refers to Japanese fried chicken wings, but this was the pork variant served along with stir fried wansui noodles, which are a type of thick noodles. The noodles were silky and well seasoned with the onions and cabbage adding a bit of texture.

The hero of the dish, however, was the pork, which was cooked perfectly with an thin crackling like crispy skin, with a thin layer of well rendered fat which added a great flavour. The spicy sauce that came with the pork elevated the dish further by adding a bit of sweetness and a good amount of spice and heat.

Despite the name, Noodles does offer a few rice dishes so we wanted to try out the Crab Rice (Rs. 650), since Rs. 650 is super cheap for any crab dish. The rice itself was flavoursome and not too oily, with a distinct umami taste. The crab comes mixed in with the rice so you can’t see it very distinctly but the flavour does come through. The portion is also pretty impressive, but this comes with quite a lot of green peas which may not be for everyone.

The spicy thai noodle with pork (Rs. 650) was our other main and we were happy to see how different it was from the other pork dish. This one came with rice noodles which were thin and light. The pork here was mostly lean with a good balance of seasoning and spice. We wouldn’t exactly call the dish “spicy”, but we found that adding a bit of soy and sweet chilli sauce helped make it bit more dynamic.

We tried two desserts, the first of which was their Pandan Cheesecake (Rs. 350). This was a slightly different take from most of the traditional cheesecakes, with a thicker cream cheese center which had bits of coconut agar mixed in. The pandan jello topping also complemented the other milder elements by adding a burst of sweetness.

If you’re looking for something with less sugar, the Coconut Milk Tapioca Pearl (Rs. 350) might be just right. It’s actually a fresh fruit salad topped with coconut milk sago. This is a great way to end the meal since it’s really refreshing with mangos, pineapple, strawberries, papaya and even rambutan. The sago added a bit of texture, but there honestly wasn’t enough of it so we’d just consider this a really good fruit salad.

Ambience & Service

One of the reasons we were so surprised by the prices at Noodles was because the ambience is on par with, if not better, than most high profile restaurants around town. It’s a relatively dark theme with soft yellow lighting which defuses across the dining room. Dark brown isn’t the most eye-catching colour but it works well here along with some comfy cushioned cane chairs. Our only gripe was that the chairs are slightly slanted backwards so you’ll find yourself leaning forward quite a bit when eating.

The service at Noodles also gave us nothing to complain about. As I mentioned earlier, the staff was friendly and attentive despite the busy dinner service. They always had two managers on the floor overlooking the restaurant so waiters were redirected efficiently. Our food did take around twenty minutes to come to the table but we think that’s okay since the restaurant was at capacity that night.

Conclusion

At the end of the meal, our bill for four came to just Rs. 5300 for four which is kind of ridiculously reasonable. It’s a stress-free, well executed dining experience which won’t leave a dent in your wallet. Next time you’re wondering where to go for dinner, think Noodles.


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 Monday-Saturday: 12 PM - 3 PM & Daily: 6.30 PM - 11.30 PM

Cuisine

Asian Thai

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Noodles Beef Pork Chicken Fish

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
5
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
5
Ambience Rating
4
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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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4/5

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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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4/5

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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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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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5/5

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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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1/5

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Uncle Johnson

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

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1/5

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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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