For a city with such a multi-cultural community, Colombo has surprisingly few Middle Eastern restaurants. Thankfully though, the places that we do have are actually quite good. So here's a quick round-up of places to get your hummus fix.
Arabian Knights really made a name for themselves when they initially opened up in Marine Drive. But they moved to a more accessible location on Galle Road, but the transition wasn't as seamless as we would have liked. However, what was impressive was that they listened to customer feedback made the necessary improvements and now their pretty much back to their initial standards. Plus they do an efficient delivery.
Moreover, they’ve opened up a new branch in Thimbirigasyaya, and we loved our experience there as well.
Shawaramaz is a new addition to the Middle Eastern food scene of Colombo. The place might look like your average restaurant from the outside and the inside ambience left a bit to be desired as well. But the food they offer and their service is quite good. Their Hummus with Chicken simply blew us away with quality and flavour. And kudos to that Special Chicken Shawarma!
Chambers does authentic Moroccan cuisine, in a classy, quiet and an unassuming spot. From their refreshing Morrocan Tea to their heavenly toasted Arabic flatbread you will be spoilt for choice here. We think they do the best Tangine in Colombo, simply because of the luxurious and decedent Mutton Tagine we had. Along with their good service and nice ambience, you are sure to have a great dining experience here.
As you can guess Bliss Lounge is a sheesha lounge that serves up Mediterranean food. They have a range of options for you to choose from and their Moutabal and Hummus particularly stood out from the lot we tried. The ambience is cool and dark with drapes all strewn overhead adding to the whole Arabic vibe. Throw in a shisha with a couple of friends and you will be in for a blissful time.
August managed to sweep us off the feet, mainly for their chic, relaxing ambience. The staff were incredibly hospitable further adding to the overall experience. Chicken Yasser With Lotus seed stood out to us from what we tried here for its presentation and quality. Even though they are not the cheapest they bring a level of high quality to the Middle Eastern food scene in Colombo.
Acropol is what we'd consider the Middle Eastern fast food joint in Colombo. They specialize in Greek and Lebanese dishes, serving some of the good shawarmas. You need to know what exactly to order though, since their rice dishes leave much to be desired. One thing we can't complain about is their Greek shawarma, which a sort of roll your own shawarma that you can customize each bite with as much chicken and sides as you like.