4/5

Cilantro

47, Thimbirigasyaya Rd, Colombo 5


Cilantro is the new Thai restaurant above, and run by, Pho Vietnam.


Tucked away on the floor just above Pho Vietnam, Cilantro is a new Thai resto. While it's not fine dining, it's pretty expensive, especially when compared to its Vietnamese counterpart just below. But they've got a cosier, quieter ambience and sleeker service, more of a place you'd go for a business lunch.

Ambience

They've utilised the small space well, with diner-like seating arrangements and light tones. It's quite dark, cool, and gloomy inside (we had to fix this photo up quite a bit because the lighting was terrible for pictures) with no natural light. Quite good for a private dinner or if you want to escape the heat and brightness of a sunny Colombo afternoon.

Food and Service

We started off with a Tom Yum at Rs. 950. The soup was served in a hot pot, which is great but rather inconvenient to eat out of as no separate bowls or cutlery accompanied it to transfer the soup into.

That aside, the soup was slightly on the watery side but ticked all the boxes off in terms of flavour. The lemongrass and cilantro leaves, whole prawns and chopped bits of calamari made this wholesome and whetted your appetite in prep for the next meals.

I got a Pad Thai for mains, that East Asian version of almost all we hold holy: Kottu. Its construction is pretty much the same as that of a kottu: throw in vegetables and meat, and toss it in a carby base (noodles in this case).

It's a lightly spiced culmination of sweet and sour, soft in texture except for where the meat comes into play. I got it with beef. While it technically lived up to what a pad thai is, it wasn't anything to write home about and lacked a certain punch. Not really worth the Rs.860 you invest in this.

Dilina and Malinthe shared a Pork Khao Pad Gaprow between them and were highly satisfied. They waxed eloquent about how soft and fragrant the rice and pork was, and how flavoursome the whole dish was altogether. It finished way too soon, after which they moved in to share the pad thai. The only gripe is that the quantity isn't enough for what you're paying: Rs. 750.

Before wrapping up, we got some Chicken Wrapped in Pandan Leaves (Rs. 590) which was incredibly flavoursome, moist and succulent. 

You get about five pieces.

To wash everything down, we got some Thai Iced Tea and Lemongrass Tea (Rs. 400 and Rs. 450 respectively) both of which were too watered down. The flavour was just there, but a much milder version of what it preferably should be.

Thoughts?

It's a nice place, but we'd love to see more substantial portions. They're pretty new though, so they'll hopefully improve as they go along.

Address

47, Thimbirigasyaya Rd, Colombo 5

Directions

Cilantro is on Thimbi between Havelock Road and Jawatta. It's actually in from the road a bit, right next to Calorie Counter. It's on the 2nd floor of the same building as Pho Vietnam.

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Cuisine

Thai

Price Range

Between Rs. 500 - Rs. 1000

Dish Types

Rice Beef Chicken Tea Iced Tea

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
3


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