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3/5

Quick Thai (Battaramulla)

424A, Pannipitiya Road, Pelawatta.


Quick Thai serves up a range of affordable Thai dishes that are low on refinement, yet big on taste, from its modest, but elegant Pelawatta premises.



Quick Thai serves up a range of affordable Thai dishes that are low on refinement, yet big on taste, from its modest, but elegant Pelawatta premises.

The Food

There are more highfalutin’ Thai restaurants in town, but this is more like rockstar Thai food – the kind that delivers the cuisine’s trademark big flavours, if with a disregard for subtlety and balance. Powerful notes of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, and Asian basil come rolling out like guitar riffs, one after the other in their curries, but the steady beat of the dry spices like ground cumin and coriander give each mouthful a little depth and shape.

DSCF9047 Mango salad


We had ordered the mango salad and chicken in pandan (rampe) leaf for starters, with a red chicken curry and a beef in basil stir-fry for the mains. No dish stood out, but none were a let-down either.

DSCF90412 Beef in basil stir-fry


The mango salad was tart, fresh and spicy; the beef and chicken curry were hitting most spots on the palate. Everything works like it should, but don’t expect there to be much fine-tuning. Quick Thai dishes are like what a show from your favourite band might sound like, only the audio engineer is still hungover from the previous night.

DSCF9043 Chicken wrapped in pandan leaf


If there has been some allowance for the local tastes, it has not been with an extra spoonful of palm sugar, which is the case with some other Thai joints in Colombo. Quick Thai dials up the spice instead. Both our mains were spiked with an army of green chillies, split in half, and the red curry loaded with clusters of green peppercorn that added another level of kick to the whirl of intense flavours.

Is it authentic? Who is to tell? The sophisticated touches are missing, but in spirit at least, Quick Thai captures the ethos of the Bangkok hawker stand: a familiar mix of fresh, good-quality ingredients are thrown haphazardly together, with the flavours expected to do the rest.

Ambience

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The restaurant itself is a little nicer than a roadside eatery – at least there are fewer visible rats. The layout is simple, and the service is as quick as you would expect from an establishment that seats only about 30 people. It might not be your go-to spot for a big celebration, but it’s a dependable midweek meal out, or a handy choice for a nice lunch, if you’re in the area.

Delivery, though, seems to be Quick Thai’s major business arm. As we ate, bagged parcels were flying at the door at a much greater rate than food was being delivered to tables.

Conclusion

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Given the price, and the kind of food the place provides, it’s easy to see why Quick Thai is an attractive option for nights in. With the service charge, our meal for two came in at under 3500 rupees. If you’re with a larger group, it would probably be cheaper per person.

TIP

If you live in the west and don't fancy a trip out to the eastern reaches of town, fret not. Quick Thai have announced location at Nondescripts Cricket Club, in Colombo 7.

Address

424A, Pannipitiya Road, Pelawatta.

Directions

Turn into Pannipitiya Road from Parliament Road and it's only about 200 meters away, on your right, past HSBC Bank and opposite Isurupaya.

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Open until 11:00 PM

Cuisine

Thai

Price Range

Between Rs. 1000 - Rs. 1500

Dish Types

Noodles Fried Rice Cuttlefish


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neshane

Love their curries 😍 perfect Thai taste

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northstrider

Food is great, reasonably priced, and quick(ish). The only failing is that you need to verify your order if you place it over the phone, or they often make at least one mistake.

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neshane

Love their curries 😍 perfect Thai taste

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northstrider

Food is great, reasonably priced, and quick(ish). The only failing is that you need to verify your order if you place it over the phone, or they often make at least one mistake.

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nneranjan

Delicious foods…… Good service…….

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ELINA RODRIGO

QUICK,FRIENDLY SERVICE
LOVED IT
IM COMING AGAIN NOT ONLY
FOR THE FOOD BUT THE
SERVICE AS WELLLLLLL!!!!!

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imajeed

For the sticks, this is a good bet. Pad thai options aren't authentic but suit the local pallete. Lots of soy sauce. Green curry, tofu, mushrooms, sates veg diets as well. Service is prompt enough though they tend to hide behind the counter which is hidden from view from the dining area. Ambience sucks, but whatever.

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