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“Asian Fusion food in a good location”
Review of Orient

Orient
Ranked #37 of 1,208 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The buzzing place to see and be seen in fashionable Melrose Arch. With its rich décor in colours of silver, purple and copper, Orient is all glitz and glamour with its glass crystals dangling from the ceiling. The interior certainly makes an unforgettable statement and whether you love it or hate it, the attention to detail is simply superb. Offering contemporary Asian cuisine which is beautifully presented, Orient is a big hit with sushi lovers and Johannesburg fashionistas.Owned by Thai Africa restaurants, the group that launched other fashionable favourite Asian restaurants - Wangthai, Oyo and So Yum, the décor at Orient makes a radical departure from the more traditional Asian-style interiors one is accustomed to. It is thanks to designer Anton de Kock's interpretation of the "yin and yang" theme that all the elements of the interior compliment one another so successfully.With authentic Asian Chefs in charge of the kitchen, you can be sure you're eating the real thing. Try the Asian-style oven roast duck, or the steamed fish with a soy and ginger sauce, or select from the range of Chinese dim sum, sushi, Thai or Vietnamese dishes on offer in this trendsetting, slick, modern restaurant. The Peking Duck which is the signature dish is highly recommended. Orient has been graded as one of South Africa's select 5-star venues.
tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
“Asian Fusion food in a good location”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

This is a great location in Melrose Arch and the interior has a good relaxed environment. We went with a group of 10 people around 7:30 pm on a week night (with a reservation).
We had some appetizers to start - all of the food was good but nothing spectacular (same with the main course).
If I go back to Johannesburg this restaurant would not make my "return" wish list.

Visited June 2012
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Cape Town
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Previous visits were better”
Reviewed September 23, 2012

Slow service on a busy night. Had Tuna & salmon sashimi and the tuna was not fresh. Left most of it behind. The sashimi in my wife's sushi was also weird - like mince-sashimi and not fresh either.

Visited September 2012
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1 Thank djbuys
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Johannesburg
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“Nice chinese food in upmarket setting”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

Great food and experience. I was taken out by some friends for my birthday and wanted to try the Dim Sum that I had not tried before. Although it was not very busy over lunch time, the restaurant is set in a nice upmarket setting. The food and service was great.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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37 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“worst service in my life!”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

So the food here is generally good. And I mean good. However, we have been here a few times and service was always a bit slow but nothing compares to the service we got last week! We had to ask twice for someone to come serve us after waiting a long time......we got told the wrong information about our food. They messed up our order AND charged us for their mistake! And seriously no one once came to check on us. Every time we needed something we had to literally flag someone down. The food was good but in all honesty - it got cold by the time they corrected their mistake and parts of it came cold to begin with. I am not a picky person and I rarely complain about service (especially in South Africa where I know it tends to be on the slower side than what I am used to) but seriously this was awful - especially when you consider how much you are paying!!

  • Visited August 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Great original food”
Reviewed August 17, 2012

Ambiance and food are great, sometimes the service can be a bit slow. The starters are amazing, good selection of wines too.

Visited October 2011
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Thank John P
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