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3/5

Tang Dynasty

75, Dickmans Road, Colombo 05


Tang Dynasty used to be one of the most authentic Chinese restos we've been to. The interior is cosy, easy on the eyes and the food is good too.



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.

Food & Drinks

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. 

Serving as the main, we were excited for the Seafood Fried Rice (Rs. 688 - small portion). The rice was not too oily and had a delightful aroma of seafood but lacked the overall flavour.

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. 

Orange on the left; Pineapple on the right

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. 

Service & Ambience

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.

Conclusion

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. 


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.

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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Sean Tsung

The service is about the worst in Sri Lanka. Prepare to be shocked. The waiter brings soup at the end of the meal and the starters come with the main course. You have to pinch yourself to believe you are at a restaurant. Our steamed rice came with the soup at the end. When we mustered up the courage to complain we were told the "Chinese chef don't listen to waiters so just eat", we packed what remained and ran.

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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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5/5

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Hiran Jayaratna

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

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1/5

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Sean Tsung

The service is about the worst in Sri Lanka. Prepare to be shocked. The waiter brings soup at the end of the meal and the starters come with the main course. You have to pinch yourself to believe you are at a restaurant. Our steamed rice came with the soup at the end. When we mustered up the courage to complain we were told the "Chinese chef don't listen to waiters so just eat", we packed what remained and ran.

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1/5

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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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5/5

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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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5/5

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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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