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“Nice Break from Sri Lankan Curries!”
Review of Oriental Pavillion

Oriental Pavillion
Ranked #23 of 64 Restaurants in Bentota
Cuisines: Chinese
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Reviewed 19 April 2014

We fancied a change and opted for the Oriental Pavillion in Vivanta Hotel by Taj which is where we were staying.

We did not book and arrived at around 7:45 seeing a table of four people and another couple already seated in an otherwise empty restaurant. "We are fully booked tonight " said the waiter but I will fit you in over here (at the back of the room).

That was lucky we thought and proceeded to order crispy rolls as a starter which were very good (one portion between two was enough) and Chicken with cashew nuts and chilli plus asked for sweet and sour chicken instead of pork on the menu, both with one portion of boiled rice (enough for two).

The sweet and sour was served with pork instead of the chicken we asked for and the chef told the waiter it WAS chicken (it wasn't).

All the food was good, hot and served quickly plus we asked for chopsticks which we got without any problem.

Like most restaurants in Sri Lanka seafood makes up the majority of options so there was no so many non seafood options that were not chilli hot.

Only another couple and a four arrived after us and as we left after 9pm, I am not sure when the rush was due to arrive!

Overall, a good experience for us except it was Sri Lankan new year and a government alcohol ban meant no wine :-(



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Reviewed 6 April 2014

We asked if we could have Chinese s we were half board, it felt as if we should not have been there. The choice was very limiting only 4 choices on menu. We felt uncomfortable, it was dark and cold and no atmosphere, no banter with waiter, very strange ambience.

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Reviewed 19 March 2014

I know, why eat Chinese food in Sri Lanka?? We have eaten so much curry over the past 2 weeks, we thought we would give this restaurant a go in a very popular new hotel in Bentota. The Taj Hotel has a few restaurants so we gave Oriental Pavillion a go which located on the ground floor of the establishment. The food was hideous!! I'm not sure how they classify this as a Chinese Restaurant. The food was very tasteless, not authentic Chinese at all and nothing about the restaurant was chinese (no chop sticks or traditional Chinese cutlery). Our entrees took close to 40mins to come out and the chicken dumplings were large fried up chicken mush! (shivers thinking about it). The 'lemon chicken' came out all battered and soggy and same with the sweet and sour pork. We couldn't eat any of it. Do yourself a favour and stick to the delicious traditional Sri Lankan food!!!

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