Tang Dynasty has been around a proper while now. Even if you haven't come across the name, you are sure to have seen this spot if you ever have gone down Dickman’s Road. From the name to decor to food, we remember it being a place to grab a taste of authentic Chinese fare.
Anyway, just a couple of days ago, we found ourselves back here again since we were curious about how they’ve stood the test of time.
The menu here covers an extensive range of items. Pork, Beef, Chicken made in different styles, as well as soups and dumplings. While most of them come with a hefty price tag, you can survive with a pocketable bill here if you look closely as we did.
To start things off, the Sweet Corn Soup with Crab (Rs. 788) - which was a massive bowl that you can share between three or four people. The soup itself was not exactly thick, and the sweetness of it was low to the point we sorely missed it. It was on the savoury side, plentiful with silky egg whites, but we didn’t get much of crab meat in there. With a little tweak, they can make this one a winner.
Wanting to try something chicken, we got the Spicy Sauteed Chicken (Rs. 988 - small portion), which had more dried chillies than chicken. The chillies helped to elevate the heat, which was further enhanced by the slightly crispy batter which was delightfully spiced up with a dusting of chilli.
The meat itself was not too hard but didn’t have loads in terms of chicken flavour. Parsley, peanuts and sesame seeds in the mix helped add more depth to the texture.
Sizzling Beef with Black Pepper (Rs. 1088 - small portion) came fuming to the table, decorated with different colours of bell pepper, onion, spring onions and sesame seeds. Everything was soaked in a peppery sauce. While the meat had soused up the flavours and tasted likewise, the beef flavour felt pushed back.
However, the tender beef was moist and soft, which was a tad much for my lunch partner, but I found it quite alright with enough bite to it. Bell pepper and onion in the mix added to the texture, while there were black pepper seeds strewn about.
We found plenty of juicy bits of prawns and cuttlefish alongside egg, carrot, leeks and cucumber that added a good crunch. A dash of soy sauce helped to boost the flavours and give weight to the Chinese flavour. The portion size of this was enough to be shared for two hungry bellies and in terms of seasoning, they had kept it on the mild side.
As for drinks, we got an Orange Juice (Rs. 480) and a Pineapple Juice (Rs. 380). The Orange Juice, while good with consistency and orange flavour, was a tad too sweet to my liking.
The Pineapple Juice too came across as bit sweet but more or less kept its balance with the smooth pineapple flavour.
We received good service from Tang Dynasty and we didn’t run into any issues here. We did get greeted upon our arrival and the waiter that waited on us was quite accommodating.
However, we didn’t get much welcome vibe from the other staff, but we managed to shrug off that thought. Everyone looked quite serious and we could see the manager advising, boarding on berating the staff regarding the service and pushing them to be better.
Since they expressed their concern about the camera and its purpose, we didn’t wave it around much.
But happily, the decor and the seating hasn’t changed much - which is pretty much similar to what you can see in the above picture from three years ago. Clean, spacious and easy on the eyes, one can get a meal here without feeling cramped up.
We saw a lot of foreign customers here and the place has retained its capability more or less but they have room to improve. The prices are on the steep side but you can grab something filling without breaking your bank if you choose wisely. While the food seems of good quality, the flavours are a bit laid back which can be quite an ill-fit for Sri Lankan tastebuds.
A long-time standing Chinese resto that has taken a few steps back.
The food is authentic, the interior is tasteful and the service is polite and prompt.
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