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“Fight over 20 pence!”
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Oriental Condor
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
Dining options: Lunch, Seating
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Seating
Oxford, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Fight over 20 pence!”
Reviewed November 15, 2011

Warning - they automatically add service to the menu prices, so the price you pay to sit down is higher than printed on the menu, though this is not made very clear.

My husband and I normally get take away from here, the atmosphere inside isn't great so we'd rather eat it at home.

Food is fine, probably the best among the not-so-great Chinese take aways in this part of Oxford. Bit over-priced, I'm used to getting really good quality Chinese food at lower prices in Australia where I'm from.

Main gripe - one time I was waiting for take out and two young guys (had to be students) had just finished eating their food in the restaurant. They came to the front to pay, and (as per first note) they didn't realise that service was automatically added onto the prices in the menu. Now, this place is NOT a high quality establishment. Service is incredibly minimal and basic, the atmosphere is nothing special. The lady explained that it is printed in the menu, but it is in small print at the bottom of the menu, easily missed. They should print different menus for sit-down with service included so people know.

Now, these two guys were not being jerks. They said OK, pooled their money, but came up a little short. They lady got very agitated and just kept saying that they had to pay the full amount, that service was added onto the menu price. They kept replying that they understood this now, but didn't realise at the time, and were only 20p short. This kept going back and forth, another lady from the restaurant was almost yelling at them to pay up the full amount. The guys were keeping their cool but obviously frustrated that the staff were being so rude about 20p!!! Surely you'd just let them off?!

So after a few minutes of this I couldn't stand it any longer and walked up, put 20p on the counter and walked back to my seat. I can't believe they'd get so frantic about 20 lousy pence.

Also, in the same vein, there's a sign on the counter saying "Due to rising costs, plastic forks are now 10p extra" or something to that effect. Oh come on!! You're a take away! Just make the rice 10p more expensive or something and don't make people feel like you're being stingy!!!!!

Someone needs to explain to them about how not to annoy their customers.

  • Visited August 2011
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English first
Aspen, Colorado
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67 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“Excellent, Honest Chinese Food”
Reviewed September 10, 2011

Opposite the train station at Oxford is this big chinese restaurant.
You can usually tell a good Chinese restaurant if the kitchen is busy, has large wok burners and lots of fresh ingredients. Oriental Condor has all of this and more.

Everything from congee (6 types), soup noodles, fried noodles, rice dishes, won ton - it's like a bit of Hong Kong in the heart of Oxford.

I've had two lots of food from here, and all of it was fresh, delicious and good value.

Recommended.

  • Visited September 2011
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Oxford
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52 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“An old favourite”
Reviewed August 10, 2011

I have been coming here for years as it serves the best noodle soup in Oxford (my comfort food). You get a choice of different noodles (some home-made), fresh-tasting home-made broth and a choice of fillings including the excellent roasted duck and crispy belly pork. The food has been remarkably consistent for the almost-a-decade I've eaten here. It's a Hong-Kong style canteen, rather than the more traditional English-style chinese restaurants, so its a bit sparse, but informal, friendly, quick and good value.

  • Visited August 2011
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Best Chinese food in Oxford”
Reviewed June 16, 2011

More of an eatery than a restaurant as the dining room is fairly basic but don't let that put you off the excellent authentic food. Its like the places full of locals in China Town rather than a standard urban chinese restaurant. The duck and Char Sui (hanging in the window) is delicious and they also do great Dim Sum. They don't overuse MSG either like a lot of the competition. Great for a full meal or a quick snack.

Visited May 2011
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Stafford, England
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“excellent and good value dimsum”
Reviewed March 5, 2011

I regularly visit this restaurant and find the food authentic and very tasty. The duck is excellent and the dimsum is offered daily. Don't know why it isn't visited more.

  • Visited February 2011
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