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OCHA - Thai Cuisine

Station Road, Colombo 04

An alright option for Thai food in Bambalapitiya.

OCHA is the newest entrant in Thai restaurant scene in Colombo. If chugging down a mugful of frothy beer along with your pad thai is what you crave for, this one should be right up your alley.


We started off with a bowl of Sweet Corn Soup (Rs. 460 for S). It actually arrived in a bigger bowl and this is, in fact, my first serving from it. A little too salty for our liking, the broth was thin, had bits of sweet corn floating about, side by side with egg and a sprinkle of spring onions. 

The Chicken Pad Thai (Rs. 800 for S) featured tangles of well-cooked pad thai noodles tossed in with bits of egg, carrot, spring onions, and was served with the sides of chilli flakes and peanut powder. It had enough pieces of chicken to go with every bite, but we would have liked it better if the noodles itself was more flavoursome. So make sure you make good use of the chilli flakes and peanut powder. 
Carrying a potent punch from lemongrass, the Chicken Red Curry (Rs. 700 for S) was beautifully orange in colour and had chunks of chicken swimming about. The gravy was oozing out with rich Thai flavours, and thanks to having soaked up all that, the chicken was delightful too. But, we would have preferred a less dominating kick from the lemongrass because sometimes, it tended to overpower the other flavours in the mix.

Portion-wise it's easily enough for three people, and now you only need a portion of Steamed Rice (Rs. 250) to go with this one. 

The Stir-fried Beef and Basil (Rs. 1100) was the star of our meal. Lured by the promise of the unique fragrance of basil, it was a decent portion of beef smothered in a tangy sauce. Chewy to the bite, but not annoyingly so, the beef was succulent, and had a tinge of spiciness to it too, drawn from the bits of red chillies. 

Ambience & Service

Comprised of both indoor and outdoor dining, the atmosphere at OCHA is quite calm during the day time, but seems to give off happening vibes in the evening. They've got a DJ station, and a bar counter aligned with stools if you feel like having a drink on the side of your food. 

The food took around 20 minutes to arrive, and the waiter was willing to help us choose the dishes that fit our mood.


OCHA is an alright choice for Thai fare, if you're looking for one in Bambalapitiya area. The pricing is on par with similar establishments, and two can easily dine in here for like Rs. 3000. Make sure you try their Stir-fried Beef and Basil - it's the best. 

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Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

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