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Orient Express French restaurant

No.1 North Shamian Street, Shamian Island, Guangzhou, China
+86 135 4436 4070
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Ranked #59 of 5,661 Restaurants in Guangzhou
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $16 - $33
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Gastropub
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Orient Express is a french restaurant under french management. The cuisine is real and authentic French and is not an approximate interpretation as it is often the case in china at “western”, “French” or “Italian” restaurants.It is located on the beautiful Shamian island in the center of Guangzhou.The restaurant has a large beautiful garden for outdoor dining.It also has a main dining room and two train wagons in the garden for romantic dining.It serves authentic French food for all budgets. The French cuisine combines traditional and authentic flavors with modern and original designs of the dishes. You will indulge yourself with:bourgogne snails,pan-fried goose liver with strawberries,fish tartare marinated and its red tuna sashimi,two kinds of fish carpaccio and its salmon cream,pan-fried scallops and black rice and asparagus,pan-fried sea food,grilled australien beef filet mignon with red pepper “crème brûlé” and crumble,grilled new Zealand lamp chops with houmous, babajanouj and roast vegetables,the traditional French bourguignon beef,french “Confit” style duck leg…It is a place visited by Chinese clients who are looking for an authentic French cuisine experience and come for birthdays, to ask their girl friend to marry, a special business meal or simply with the family.Many foreign business people as well as expatriate foreigners living in Guangzhou are regular clients.L’Orient express est un restaurant de cuisine et de gestion française.La cuisine y est donc réellement française et n’est en aucun cas une approximative interprétation comme c’est souvent le cas en Chine dans les restaurants dit « western », français, italiens ... Il est situé sur la très belle île de Shamian dans le centre de Guangzhou.Le restaurant est situé au sein d’un grand jardin qui accueille une maison principale spacieuse et deux wagons intercontinentaux.La cuisine française combine des saveurs traditionnelles et authentiques à des présentations modernes, originales et très soignées.Vous pourrez vous y régaler entre autre d’escargots de bourgognes, d’un fois gras poêlé aux fraises des bois, d’un tartare de poisson et de son sashimi de thon rouge et wasabi, d’un carpaccio aux deux poissons et de sa mousse de saumon, de saint jacques sur lit de riz noir, d’une poêlée de fruits de mer, d’un filet de bœuf d’Australie ou de côtes d’agneau de Nouvelle Zélande grillés à la pierre de lave… C’est un endroit visité par une clientèle chinoise qui recherche une cuisine française authentique et qui y vient pour des anniversaires, des demandes en mariage, des d’affaires ou de simples repas en famille.De nombreux hommes d’affaire étrangers de passage à Guangzhou ainsi que des européens vivant en Chine en sont des clients réguliers.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 via mobile

First time we discovered it when strolling around Shamian Island. Out of the main promenade Orient Express offers specific atmosphere in the train carriage. The owners are very friendly and the new menu is full of delights. Do not come here for the quick meal as service may take some time (magine all meals have to be carried from the... More

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Macau, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2014

Eclectic décor, just like stepping back in time but with contemporary wine and dining menus. We enjoyed a warm welcome, a delightful glass of wine and soaked up the ambience. Situated on historic Shamian Island, this was a wonderful find.

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Guangzhou, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Have tried quite a few French restaurant in Guangzhou. Orient Express is the only restaurant that offers real French food, at least my French tongue thinks so. If it's your first time to go to the Shamian Island, it may be hard for you to find it though - you may want to check their How to Find Us page:... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

The location is very nice. The food on the menu looks very nice. As it was a little busy the service was very slow, although the waitresses did seem to be trying hard by running around a lot, it didn't seem to help the poor system in the kitchen. It took an hour and half to bring a steak. When... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014 via mobile

食物很精緻,good taste & good ptesentation配合列車的ArtDeco裝飾,很有上世紀沙俄時代的奢華氣派

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Zhuhai, China
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23 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

Great ambience, and friendly efficient service. My partner's food (fois gras and lamb) was beautiful, as was my salad entree, and creme caramel dessert, but my main course (duck with rosemary sauce) was not so good. The duck itself was lovely, but the sauce on it was red, reminiscent of ketchup, not rosemary, and the potato cake was too salty... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2013

Dined here on recommendation, twice, and was not disappointed. Lovely ambiance and delicious food, which was delightfully presented.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Recent girls shopping trip, we dined 3 times at the Orient Express, in the garden, the wagon and also the restaurant. Staff welcoming, fantastic food, beautiful venue, wine list could be improved with some more New Zealand and Australian wines. Chefs surprised me with a special created toffee and chocolate based desssert for my birthdays with no prompting - it... More

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Guangzhou, China
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15 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

You cannot miss this restaurant located conveniently at the beginning of Shamian Island. I ate twice in this restaurant. The first time was during the month of April 2013. Actually, with a couple of friends, we were attracted by the idea of having lunch on board the " Orient Express " which in itself is a good concept. The second... More

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Orleans, France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

a place not to forgot when you are in GuangZhou. you may enjoy dishes in the wagon and you are transported in an other time. just the "tacata tacata" of the rooling noise and the train warning whistle & bell are missing... the owner is French and it is delightfull after a week in the deep china... in the plates... More

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