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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.

The Royal Thai has been consistently voted Colombo's best restaurant for years in a row for a delightful mix of great food and impeccable service. Much like the previous reviewer, we've never had a complaint in years of dining there. Our last experience there was the first time anything went wrong, but the overall experience was still hugely positive.



We decided to vary from the classics - pineapple rice, papaya salad, and red/green chicken curry. So we started with a tom klong pow thak - seafood and mushroom clear soup at Rs. 620, followed by stir-fried pork at Rs.1330, khao phad chead chee - traditional Thai vegetable fried rice at Rs.650, gai phad king - shallow fried sliced chicken with black fungus, spring onion, ginger and oyster sauce at Rs.910, and tache chuan - steamed long beans with tofu in Thai curry sauce at Rs. 520.


Unfortunately, the dishes didn't come in that order (see the service section). All of the dishes were lovely on their own, but the main problem was the sameness of all of them. It seemed as though they were just different variations (pork, chicken, vegetables) in the same gravy. I definitely put this down to bad ordering as each of them were perfectly delicious, but the combination of all three just lacked variation and layering.

So the take away here is if you're straying from your favourites on the menu, ask the waiter and make sure you know what you're experimenting with.


Their drinks menu is truly extensive, with a couple of pages for each beverage sub-category. It is also very expensive, as the mark up is huge. I ordered a glass of Prosecco La Cave des Rois which had a crisp dry finish and came to about Rs. 1300++. It was perfectly chilled and offset my meal well, but I question whether it was really worth it. A pint of Lion Lager was Rs. 400++, which is a good indication as to the mark up you can anticipate. However, these prices are really to be expected from any 5 star hotel/restaurant. Bottom line, don't order lots of wine or liquor unless you're balling or it's a special occasion.


The ambience is great. Soft, stringed Thai music wafts in the background, and the golden lighting and soft upholstery make for a legit fine dining experience. The wooden latticed screens and wallpaper are a nice touch, along with the gold highlights along the pillars.

You'll generally find a nice crowd - either Colombars celebrating something, or uncles trying to impress their foreign business counterparts.


This was where the variables of the meal lay. We had made a reservation so were seated promptly... at the wrong table. We were then politely ushered to the right table, a lovely cosy booth. Our order was taken post-haste, with warmth and a nice welcome. However, our waiter forgot our soup and whisked a little trolley with our dinner on it within about 10-15 minutes. He then realised his mistake and hopped it to the kitchen to rectify the order, bringing out fresh bowls of soup in about 5 minutes as our dinner waited temptingly. The manager, the restaurant's crown jewel in my opinion, refused to let us pay for the soup on principle, and apologized profusely.

As for the main course, we wished our waiter suggested a different combination of dishes. The fact that this fairly petty gripe even surfaces is because Royal Thai consistently delivers perfection, and we've come to expect it. The bottom line is mistakes happen everywhere, but the way the staff rectifies and deals with it here is brilliant.


Royal Thai is a great celebratory option. It's classy, and food is prompt, well presented, and delicious. However, you can expect to pay a premium for the quality of food and service - at about Rs. 6000 for two, it's pretty expensive for a frequent meal option. Definitely one of Colombo's reigning dining royalty.


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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