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5/5

Royal Thai (Cinnamon Lakeside)

Cinnamon Lakeside, 115 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2


Royal Thai is a great celebratory option. With delicious food and impeccable service, it's definitely one of Colombo's reigning dining royalty.



Royal Thai is one of only three upmarket Thai restaurants (Jack Tree and Siam House) in Colombo. Located at Cinnamon Lakeside next to Long Feng, this is the best place to get authentic Thai in the city.

It's expensive, yes, but the food is delicious and their service is flawless. We've never once had a poor experience over the course of about 5 years of dining.

How long has Royal Thai been around for? Not really sure, but definitely over 10 years, and they've almost always had Thai chefs. Savan says he noticed a slight dip in quality somewhere along the line but overall the food seems to have been consistently excellent.

We usually order the papaya salad with prawns (Rs. 630), pineapple fried rice (Rs. 940) or pad thai noodles (Rs. 920), chicken green/red curry (Rs. 1000), and wok fried prawns with chilli and basil (Rs. 1970). The pineapple rice is really quite spectacular - it comes in a baked pineapple shell, the rice a beautiful saffron yellow, lightly flavoured with pineapple and fried with raisins, prawn and egg. A lovely, lovely dish - as appealing to the eye as it is to the belly. Definitely give it a try.

The flavours you expect from authentic Thai - lemongrass, kaffir lime, ginger, cilantro - all come out well in their dishes and are nicely balanced. The food is clearly cooked with restraint; Royal Thai doesn't give in to the temptation of Srilankanizing their curries to appease the local palate - you really get that poignant hit of Thai you're looking for.

The bill, of course, comes to quite alot once you add service and tax, so this wouldn't really be the place for regular dining (if you like your Thai and want to have it often we'd recommend Siam House). However, Royal Thai is wonderful for special occasions - the ambience is lovely; the soft thai music tinkling in the background and the faint fragrance of lemongrass frames a meal beautifully. The experience is luxurious and tranquil, far removed from the busy, bustling restaurant scene.

Although expensive, it is possible to order wisely. Sometimes it's nice to get just a steamed rice to go with your curries as this allows you to really taste their flavours. In this case a couple of rices and two curries shouldn't come to more than Rs. 3000 (roughly Rs. 1000 per head) and can be comfortably shared between three people.

In our opinion, this is one of Colombo's best restaurants. Do go - it's a delightful way to surprise a parent or partner.


TIP

Order with caution if you're allergic to peanuts. The Thai desserts are also worth a try.

Address

Cinnamon Lakeside, 115 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2

Directions

Cinnamon Lakeside is between Lake House and the Air Force HQ. Enter the lobby and head towards the left wing to get to the restaurant.

Contacts

E-Mail Website

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Open 12.00PM to 2.30PM, 7.00PM to 12.00AM

Cuisine

Fine Dining Thai

Dish Types

Rice Noodles Meats Seafood Beverages Beef Crab Cuttlefish Alcoholic

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
5
Quality Rating
5
Service Rating
5
Ambience Rating
5

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User Reviews
G
9

2/5

-2

GayanP

Although this restaurant is in a 5 star property this restaurant is nowhere near 5 star standards by any stretch of imagination. For a start, it is terribly understaffed. There is a Supervisor who doesn’t even know the menu, one waiter and two very raw trainees. As a result, there is no one at the entrance to greet, open the door or bid adieu and there is next to no service. You have to wait until the staff appear and then struggle to get their attention.

They are not service oriented either. When ordering the food we made it clear that one of our group was allergic to prawns we told the waiter about the allergy, discussed and ordered a chicken soup instead of the traditional Tom Yang soup which has seafood. Nevertheless our pineapple rice dish arrived boldly garnished with prawns atop !

The piped music is not Thai and is probably Chinese music from the adjoining restaurant. The lemon grass scented wet towels aren’t offered anymore and the complementary Jasmine tea is not offered unless specifically asked for.

They serve Spirits but strangely and uncharacteristic for a 5 star property, they charge separately for the Soda as in wayside restaurants. Cheap restaurants are justified in doing so because they don’t mark up their spirits the way 5 stars do.

We had the pineapple rice and it was absolutely tasteless and cold and the steamed rice had obviously been reheated. The traditional green curry was clearly made with a pre-made sauce that had been re-heated many times. As a result the coconut cream had turned into oil and it was oily instead of creamy. The papaya salad was limp and chewy and not crisp and fresh.

The desserts too were awful: a disproportionate mango sticky rice, and banana fritters made from a rotten banana that was fully black in the centre. The Thai pancake came fried like a samosa. Each costing around 1,000 bucks a portion

This restaurant too reflects the overall drop in standards in the cinnamon group of hotels over the past few years. Here too the hotel's black jacketed Managers and Supervisors were breezing in and out with bloated egos, trying to look authoritative but doing nothing, nor observing anything and quite oblivious as to whether the guests were being served well or not.

C
1

3/5

0

Chathura Lakmal

I liked it. i went there for lunch with one of my friend in 2016. Nothing to complain. good service

G
9

2/5

-2

GayanP

Although this restaurant is in a 5 star property this restaurant is nowhere near 5 star standards by any stretch of imagination. For a start, it is terribly understaffed. There is a Supervisor who doesn’t even know the menu, one waiter and two very raw trainees. As a result, there is no one at the entrance to greet, open the door or bid adieu and there is next to no service. You have to wait until the staff appear and then struggle to get their attention.

They are not service oriented either. When ordering the food we made it clear that one of our group was allergic to prawns we told the waiter about the allergy, discussed and ordered a chicken soup instead of the traditional Tom Yang soup which has seafood. Nevertheless our pineapple rice dish arrived boldly garnished with prawns atop !

The piped music is not Thai and is probably Chinese music from the adjoining restaurant. The lemon grass scented wet towels aren’t offered anymore and the complementary Jasmine tea is not offered unless specifically asked for.

They serve Spirits but strangely and uncharacteristic for a 5 star property, they charge separately for the Soda as in wayside restaurants. Cheap restaurants are justified in doing so because they don’t mark up their spirits the way 5 stars do.

We had the pineapple rice and it was absolutely tasteless and cold and the steamed rice had obviously been reheated. The traditional green curry was clearly made with a pre-made sauce that had been re-heated many times. As a result the coconut cream had turned into oil and it was oily instead of creamy. The papaya salad was limp and chewy and not crisp and fresh.

The desserts too were awful: a disproportionate mango sticky rice, and banana fritters made from a rotten banana that was fully black in the centre. The Thai pancake came fried like a samosa. Each costing around 1,000 bucks a portion

This restaurant too reflects the overall drop in standards in the cinnamon group of hotels over the past few years. Here too the hotel's black jacketed Managers and Supervisors were breezing in and out with bloated egos, trying to look authoritative but doing nothing, nor observing anything and quite oblivious as to whether the guests were being served well or not.

C
1

3/5

0

Chathura Lakmal

I liked it. i went there for lunch with one of my friend in 2016. Nothing to complain. good service

J
2

5/5

0

Jay_Nicholas

Bar none, the best Thai restaurant in Sri Lanka. Their Rendang, Duck and pad thai are top notch and their sticky rice with mango is so good, you'd wouldnt even notice the exorbitant bill at the end of your meal.

A truly awesome place

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