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“Good food, buzzing and very central” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Oriental City

Oriental City
Oudezijds Voorburgwal 177- 179, 1012 EV Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Red Light District (De Wallen))
+31206268352
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Ranked #1,275 of 2,580 Restaurants in Amsterdam
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Red Light District (De Wallen)
High Wycombe, England, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Good food, buzzing and very central”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2014

After a good meal here early in our trip to Amsterdam we went back for a second on our last night. Admittedly, the service was a bit rushed the second time but the food was lovely on both occasions and we liked the size and atmosphere of the place. There were plenty of Chinese people which is always good to see! We had the 'Oriental Pearl' set meal for two which was 28Euros per person for dim sum, satay chicken and prawn, and two lovely main dishes with rice. The dim sum are apparently made fresh every day (which I hear is rare in central Amsterdam Chinese restaurants!) and they were certainly delicious. It is in a great location and overall we spend two fantastic evenings there.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Poor service and hair in food”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

This restaurant showed promise as it was big with plenty of patrons. Unfortunately this was the WORST Asian food I have ever had. First of all, the staff were very rude and dismissive. Then our entree of spring rolls arrived and had a hair underneath one. We tried to get the waitresses attention to order some more drinks but were ignored several times. Then our mains came and mine had yet another hair in it. Besides the hair, the meal was very bland and I'm sure the chicken wasn't authentic chicken....... My friend had ordered pork which was mostly raw. I have worked in hospitality for many years, so I always speak up if something is bothering me as it is usually easily fixed. However after the poor service that we had received, I didn't even think it was worth the effort. On top of all of that, the meals were incredibly overpriced. With so many wonderful food options in Amsterdam, I would avoid this place and spend your money elsewhere.

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Leeds, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Great night, great atmosphere, great food, great price.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

Right in the heart of Amsterdam City and just a short stroll from Dam Square, the location can't be faulted. The welcome was warm, friendly and genuine. There was a party happening on the next table for a large party of Chinese people, which added to the atmosphere. We were served quickly and efficiently, but without seeming rushed. When the food arrived it was good and plentiful and the prices were certainly reasonable, we paid 20 -22 Euros each for 2 courses + a glass of wine each. Give it a try. I don't think you will be disappointed

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good Chinese”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Good, if average Chinese restaurant with somewhat distant serving staff

The food is very good, my only critism is that the set menu does not include aromatic duck and pancakes (one of my passions). Having said that the range was great

Good canal location (what isn't in the middle of Amsterdam) within walking distance of Dam Square or Rembrantsplein and next to the red light area

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Zurich, Switzerland
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261 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
“Good Chinese Dim Sum at moderate prices”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2013

We return to this restaurant whenever we are in Amsterdam. On 1st November we returned from Inverness to Zurich via Amsterdam and made it a point to make a visit to this restaurant which we know from the 1980ies! Its dim sum is good and reasonably priced and the quality has always been high! Service is friendly and when you sit on the window side you look down to the busy street and bridge which lead to the Dam square! The choice of dim sum dishes is good and the waiting time is reasonable. We will go back on our next visit to Amsterdam!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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