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5/5

Tang Dynasty

75, Dickmans Road, Colombo 05


Tang Dynasty is one of the most authentic ones we've been to, the interior is amazing and the food is top notch.



Tang Dynasty is one of the newer Chinese restaurants in town that serves up authentic Chinese cuisine. You've probably passed by their premises without ever noticing, as they've got a pretty humble location on Dickman's Road. Their menu is quite extensive, covering the cuisines of quite a few regions with a good deal of dishes that suit the Sri Lankan palate, though they aren't by any means Sri Lankanized. We dropped in for dinner and had the smoothest dining experience.

Ambiance & Service

The interior at Tang is quite a treat to the eyes as it's well lit and ornamented tastefully. There's nothing over the top about the decor, which we appreciate because some Chinese restaurants really go too far (see China Manor). This would be a great spot for a date night, or if you just want to indulge someone on their birthday or any other special occasion.

When they started up, their staff was mostly Chinese, but now they have well-trained Sri Lankan staff that know the menu well. They are prompt and polite, hovering just out of sight to make sure you have everything you need. 

Food

With their menu being as large as it is, ordering can be a bit daunting if you're not too familiar with Chinese cuisine. Don't hesitate to ask your waiter, as he will be more than happy to make recommendations. While a lot of the dishes are priced above Rs 2888, if you look carefully, you'll find a few gems priced under Rs 1000.

We ordered small portions of the Dried Fried Rice Noodles with Beef (Rs 568), Griddle Pork with Black Fungus (Rs 688), and the Kung Pao Shrimp (Rs 768) on the recommendation of the waiter. The food arrived in what felt like 10 minutes. They brought out all the dishes at once, including the pork and black fungus that came with a live cooking station. The food looked great and smelled amazing, so it was quite difficult not to dig in before taking photographs.

Let's start with the noodles. I love noodles. These are easily up there amongst my favourite noodle dishes. There was plenty for two, and the noodles were very flavourful with a meatier soy sauce going on. I'm usually not a fan of beef dishes, but the beef in this dish was plentiful, tender and juicy. This alone would have made for a satisfying meal and we hadn't even gotten to the side dishes yet.

Still cooking at our table, the pork and black fungus was a pretty sight to behold. If you've never experienced this, it's a godayata magic effect. The cilantro worked as a contrast, visually, as well as a bright kick, taste-wise. Melting in your mouth, the fatty bits of pork go really well with the black fungus. At times, black fungus can be too firm and crunchy, almost like cartilage. Instead, this was a succulent treat. 

Finally, we went at the shrimp, and, man, were they good. The sauce on this really rounded out the whole experience, both when enjoying the shrimp on its own as well as when mixed in with the other dishes. It has a strong spiciness with a mild sweet and sour running right through. The shrimp were cooked just right, so they weren't a rubbery disaster, thankfully. I don't even like peanuts but I appreciated how they worked in the context of this dish. Definitely would order this again. Actually, I'd probably go for this exact combo!

Conclusion

This was the smoothest dining experience I've had in Colombo in a long time, and I'm just going to have to give Tang Dynasty five stars for their service and fare. The food is authentic, the interior is tasteful and the service is polite and prompt. Though a lot of their dishes are priced rather steep, based on the execution of the dishes we ordered, we think they are probably worth it. If you order wisely, you can easily feast for two for Rs 2,700, after tax and service charge. 


TIP

Call and reserve a room upstairs, they're much cooler than downstairs. Also to be more economical, consider the Normal meat/veg dishes as enough for 3 when ordering, and go Large for just rice/noodles.

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Address

75, Dickmans Road, Colombo 05

Directions

It's on Dickman's Road, right before the De Fonseka Road turn-off (when coming from Havelock Road).

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Windya Fonseka

I never thought Chinese food could ever be a wrong choice!!! Oh how wrong I was!
Worst Chinese food I ever had! It’s neither authentic nor Localized Chinese…
we asked for beer and they said they have unchilled beer 🤷🏼‍♀️
The service was just useless. It took 10 min and two requests to get some chillie paste… needed the chillie paste as the food was under seasoned. But it turned out that the chillie paste was no better. The steamed rice was dry…
The only thing that came on time was the bill 😠
I will definitely never go back to that place!

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Radiksha

The service, ambiance and experience is very bad. First the staff was not attentive and making such alot of noise cleaning up. When we complained they went out and shouted at the guy, who continued on doing it. Staff were talking loud and walking around… didn't help the whole experience of the place. Not to mention the big rat who ran across the room far corner… Staff seems less experienced and negligent. Although the food came really fast within 10 mins or so. The closing time is 10.30 not 11.30 so that was a surprise too. Food options were good and price was decent. Probably won't return.

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Hiran Jayaratna

Really good food and a good choice. ++ for Tharindu for the great service!

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Windya Fonseka

I never thought Chinese food could ever be a wrong choice!!! Oh how wrong I was!
Worst Chinese food I ever had! It’s neither authentic nor Localized Chinese…
we asked for beer and they said they have unchilled beer 🤷🏼‍♀️
The service was just useless. It took 10 min and two requests to get some chillie paste… needed the chillie paste as the food was under seasoned. But it turned out that the chillie paste was no better. The steamed rice was dry…
The only thing that came on time was the bill 😠
I will definitely never go back to that place!

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1/5

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Radiksha

The service, ambiance and experience is very bad. First the staff was not attentive and making such alot of noise cleaning up. When we complained they went out and shouted at the guy, who continued on doing it. Staff were talking loud and walking around… didn't help the whole experience of the place. Not to mention the big rat who ran across the room far corner… Staff seems less experienced and negligent. Although the food came really fast within 10 mins or so. The closing time is 10.30 not 11.30 so that was a surprise too. Food options were good and price was decent. Probably won't return.

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Hiran Jayaratna

Really good food and a good choice. ++ for Tharindu for the great service!

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0101optimus

Dinner - Tang Dynasty
One of my best discoveries for authentic Chinese food. The food was excellent and lived up to all expectations of traditional Chinese.
For all those critics complaing about Chili Paste, Soy Sauce etc - those are components that are NOT NEEDED and is not part of traditional chinese food. All it does is cover up for the lack of taste!
Tang Dynasty does not need distractions for its food. Each dish comes with its own unique flavour. Excellent, top class authentic chinese cuisine. Chef please take a bow.
The bringing of food also works like traditional Chinese each dish coming seperately.
Super ambience. Large crowds go upstairs for private dining which preserves the ambience downstairs for smaller parties.
Price - about 15% more than a typical meal at moon river.
All the staff were really pleasant and helpful. However as with all new restaurants they are still fine tuning the processes. Also lack of English knowledge BUT it all adds up to give the ambience of an authentic Chinese restaurant. And quite frankly they are minor short comings and is a small price to pay for having such great food.
Recommendations :
If you want all your food at once tell the staff and they will accommodate it to the best of their ability. By default traditional chinese serving method of one dish will be followed.
If you are looking for 'Sri Lankan Chinese' this is not the place for you.
All moon river fans - do try this place out! Completely different an I'm sure you will love it.
The Chinese tea can be a bit more stonger. And the phone operators should know English.
But again: excellent food. I usually never give a 5/5 but Tang Dynasty deserves it. KUDOS!
Sash

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0101optimus

Dinner - Dynasty
One of my best discoveries for authentic Chinese food. The food was excellent and lived up to all expectations of traditional Chinese.
For all those critics complaing about Chili Paste, Soy Sauce etc - those are components that are NOT NEEDED and is not part of traditional chinese food. All it does is cover up for the lack of taste!
Tang Dynasty does not need distractions for its food. Each dish comes with its own unique flavour. Excellent, top class authentic chinese cuisine. Chef please take a bow.
The bringing of food also works like traditional Chinese each dish coming seperately.
Super ambience. Large crowds go upstairs for private dining which preserves the ambience downstairs for smaller parties.
Price - about 15% more than a typical meal at moon river.
All the staff were really pleasant and helpful. However as with all new restaurants they are still fine tuning the processes. Also lack of English knowledge BUT it all adds up to give the ambience of an authentic Chinese restaurant. And quite frankly they are minor short comings and is a small price to pay for having such great food.
Recommendations :
If you want all your food at once tell the staff and they will accommodate it to the best of their ability. By default traditional chinese serving method of one dish will be followed.
If you are looking for 'Sri Lankan Chinese' this is not the place for you.
All moon river fans - do try this place out! Completely different an I'm sure you will love it.
The Chinese tea can be a bit more stonger. And the phone operators should know English.
But again: excellent food. I usually never give a 5/5 but Tang Dynasty deserves it. KUDOS!

Sash

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