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Orient Express French restaurant

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No.1 North Shamian Street, Shamian Island, Guangzhou, China
+86 135 4436 4070
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12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Orient Express is a french restaurant under french management. The cuisine...
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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Good for:
Outdoor seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Superb Food

I have been visiting Guangzhou for many years and I am disappointed that I only just discovered this restaurant. The food was really superb, beautifully presented. When we arrived at the restaurant, I was not sure that I wanted to stay as I thought the decor was a little tacky and dated. However... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Joan H
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  • Outdoor seating
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I have been visiting Guangzhou for many years and I am disappointed that I only just discovered this restaurant. The food was really superb, beautifully presented. When we arrived at the restaurant, I was not sure that I wanted to stay as I thought the decor was a little tacky and dated. However the staff were welcoming and gave us... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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144 reviews 144 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Everything you would ask for in a good quality restaurant. You can sit in the peaceful garden or in the train carriage to enjoy your meal. The food is French themed and very good for Guangzhou. Presentation is great and there are some interesting options on the menu - chocolate ravioli for pudding. Prices are on the higher end compared... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Very nice place, friendly, always welcome, fun, and very good food with new menue and delicate meal.

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Sydney, Australia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

the hostess Bing was brilliant really made sure we were happy and well looked after food was fantastic

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

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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66 reviews 66 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
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
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
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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1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

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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54 reviews 54 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: No.1 North Shamian Street, Shamian Island, Guangzhou, China
  • Location: Asia  >  China  >  Guangdong  >  Guangzhou
  • Phone Number: +86 135 4436 4070

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 16 - 33
  • Cuisine: Gastropub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?