Food Middle Eastern Food in Colombo

Middle Eastern Food in Colombo

2019 Aug 30

From hummus to manakeesh to falafel to tabouleh, Middle Eastern food has quite the variety and definitely quite the flavour. The cuisine can contain different herbs and spices (some with lamb and others with beef) or with cheeses instead of meat. These differences are driven by the availability of native ingredients, what was traded in the region and what was offered at the marketplace in the past. In essence, Middle Eastern food today is a culinary collage defined by its past.


Colombo has recently seen quite the number of places that serve this tantalizing cuisine and we’ve put together a list of them so you know just where to go when that shawarma craving hits you!



August by Mama Aida



Situated on Dudley Senanayake Mawatha, this place has a romantic Mediterranean vibe to it with its soft candlelit setting. The food here is authentic and the service is great. The wooden furniture and outdoor seating make it the perfect spot to wind down and relax after a day of hard work.

Price range:  > LKR 1500

Address: 61, Dudley Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 08

Contact:  0777005808

Hours open:  7 AM-6 PM





Chambers at Park Street Mews


The interior and décor at Chambers is impeccable. Kudos to the architect and the interior designers because the aesthetic of this place really adds value to your dining experience. The space is awakened by beautiful Turkish chandeliers, Moroccan tea pots and plates, and a subtle pop of paler vibrant tones. The food is mouthwatering with amazing fragrant tagines and cheesy arayas which are only just a few of the dishes you can find there.

Price range: > LKR 1500

Address: 48 D, Park Street

Contact: 0772100009

Hours open: 12.30 PM – 10.30 PM (Monday- Sunday)



Arabian Knights



Although the ambience doesn’t lend much to the dining experience, the food more than makes up for it! Arabian Knights has a wide range of shawarmas and grilled items to choose from. Their spicy Syriana shawarma is definitely a must have!

Price range: LKR 400 – LKR 1000

Address: 377, Opposite Amana Bank, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Kollupitiya, Colombo 03

Contact:  0112301031

Hours open:  12 PM -11.00 PM (Monday- Sunday)


Bliss Lounge



Bliss Lounge has a wide range of Middle Eastern food but also includes a range of regular burgers as well. The atmosphere here is lovely, with the tent like setting transporting you to a different world. Bliss Lounge also offers Sheesha facilites indoors, making it one of the few places which allow indoor Sheesha.

Price range:  LKR 1000- LKR 1500

Address: No 9A Duplication Road, Colombo 04

Contact:  0112081798

Hours open:  10 AM-12 AM (Monday- Sunday)






The minimal setting doesn’t scream Middle Eastern cuisine but the food definitely does. From hummus to rice to shawarma, all items stay consistent with their flavour and taste.  

Price range:  LKR 1000 – LKR 1500

Address: 556/2, Marine Drive, Kollupitiya, Colombo 03

Contact:  0117363600

Hours open: 11.30 AM – 3 PM, 5.30 PM-11 PM(Tuesday – Sunday)


Grill and Chill



Ample seating and air conditioning makes it a great place to hang out while nibbling on some pita bread with hummus. As the name suggests, they offer some great grilled items as well as the regular shawarma.

Price range:  LKR 500-LKR 1000

Address: 46c Hospital Rd, Dehiwala-Mount Lavinia 

Contact: 0112710610

Hours open:  11 AM – 11 PM (Monday- Sunday)


Shawarmaz @GP



The setting is not the warmest but you don’t even notice it once the food arrives. From shawarmas to burgers to rice bases to hummus, they’ve managed to cover quite a few varieties. This places offers delicious food at great prices. 

Price range:  LKR 500 – LKR 1000

Address: 30 W A. Silva Mawatha, Colombo

Contact: 0777307443

Hours open: 11.30 AM- 11.30 PM (Monday- Sunday)



This unassuming place offers Palestine, Lebanese, Greek, and Turkish Shawarmas, what more can you ask for? The ambience is a tad blah, with white walls, basic furniture and white lighting however, the food is amazing! Koftas, shawarmas, sandwiches – they’ve got it all! fun fact: these guys don’t have a website.

Price range:  LKR 500 – LKR 1000

Address: 288 B, Thimbirigasyaya Road

Contact: 0777307443

Hours open:  4 PM – 11 PM(Monday- Sunday)


Acropol Restaurant


This tiny and cramped space does not give off dine-in vibes but they have a vast variety of food for the taking. From burgers to shawarmas to kebabs to Indian curries with naan, they have it all! Their Iced Milo is definitely a must have!

Price Range: <500

Address: 662 Galle Road, Colombo 3

Contact: 4710990

Open Hours: 11.30 AM – 11.30 PM


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