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Royal Thai (Cinnamon Lakeside)

Cinnamon Lakeside, 115 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2

Royal Thai is a great celebratory option. With delicious food and impeccable service, it's definitely one of Colombo's reigning dining royalty.

Royal Thai is one of only three upmarket Thai restaurants (Jack Tree and Siam House) in Colombo. Located at Cinnamon Lakeside next to Long Feng, this is the best place to get authentic Thai in the city.

It's expensive, yes, but the food is delicious and their service is flawless. We've never once had a poor experience over the course of about 5 years of dining.

How long has Royal Thai been around for? Not really sure, but definitely over 10 years, and they've almost always had Thai chefs. Savan says he noticed a slight dip in quality somewhere along the line but overall the food seems to have been consistently excellent.

We usually order the papaya salad with prawns (Rs. 630), pineapple fried rice (Rs. 940) or pad thai noodles (Rs. 920), chicken green/red curry (Rs. 1000), and wok fried prawns with chilli and basil (Rs. 1970). The pineapple rice is really quite spectacular - it comes in a baked pineapple shell, the rice a beautiful saffron yellow, lightly flavoured with pineapple and fried with raisins, prawn and egg. A lovely, lovely dish - as appealing to the eye as it is to the belly. Definitely give it a try.

The flavours you expect from authentic Thai - lemongrass, kaffir lime, ginger, cilantro - all come out well in their dishes and are nicely balanced. The food is clearly cooked with restraint; Royal Thai doesn't give in to the temptation of Srilankanizing their curries to appease the local palate - you really get that poignant hit of Thai you're looking for.

The bill, of course, comes to quite alot once you add service and tax, so this wouldn't really be the place for regular dining (if you like your Thai and want to have it often we'd recommend Siam House). However, Royal Thai is wonderful for special occasions - the ambience is lovely; the soft thai music tinkling in the background and the faint fragrance of lemongrass frames a meal beautifully. The experience is luxurious and tranquil, far removed from the busy, bustling restaurant scene.

Although expensive, it is possible to order wisely. Sometimes it's nice to get just a steamed rice to go with your curries as this allows you to really taste their flavours. In this case a couple of rices and two curries shouldn't come to more than Rs. 3000 (roughly Rs. 1000 per head) and can be comfortably shared between three people.

In our opinion, this is one of Colombo's best restaurants. Do go - it's a delightful way to surprise a parent or partner.


Order with caution if you're allergic to peanuts. The Thai desserts are also worth a try.


Cinnamon Lakeside, 115 Sir Chittampalam A. Gardiner Mawatha, Colombo 2


Cinnamon Lakeside is between Lake House and the Air Force HQ. Enter the lobby and head towards the left wing to get to the restaurant.


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