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“Still good at Orient”
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.
Manhasset, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Still good at Orient”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

The tables upstairs in the second room seem to be quieter. Been a few years since I was back, but the food was still good and the drink menu extensive.

Visited November 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

I recently went to the orient with a big group of family members. it was very disappointing. the food was very over-priced and not amazing in any way. I had the chicken and cashew nut dish. the chicken was tough and chewey and the portion was so small that I was still hungry. I also felt ripped off because, instead of bringing the right amount of rice or noodles for the table, they insist on bringing a bowl of rice for each person, at a cost of R20 each, which ended up being far too much. so essentially we paid R20 for a few spoonfuls of rice. The waiter also made sure we spent as much money as possible by opening more and more bottles of water and wine, without us asking for them, which in the end went to waste, but we had to pay for them anyway. I felt so ripped off and disapointed that what was meant to be a special dinner was anything but special!

  • Visited November 2012
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Johannesburg
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great asian food - on the fancier side”
Reviewed October 11, 2012

I love their Thai curries and end up ordering the same thing nearly everytime (they are delicious). It has a relaxed ambience but as with most places at Melrose Arch, food is on the pricier side.

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Somerset West, South Africa
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“Dim sum more”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

Orient is situated in Melrose Arch, close to Gautrain stations and the highway (just off Corlette Drive) in Johannesburg. It is on a corner where people watching can become a sport! Sitting eating the delectable oriental treats and watching people on a hot summer's day is the best.

A warning to early diners, the kitchen opens at 6pm, but they willing to let you wait at the bar, or sit outside with a drinks until the chefs arrive.

The dim sum is something else. It is beautiful, varied and definitely a must have! The Hong Kong pears are so delicious, I ordered two portions - there goes the diet.

The service is a little slow, but being distracted by all there is to see, you don't really notice unless you're really thirstly and haven't seen your waiter for 20 minutes.

Truly delicious oriental food, but a bit pricey, so bring your loaded wallet!

  • Visited October 2012
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Randburg, Gauteng, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Ha low”
Reviewed October 6, 2012

The food was very good and the atmosphere very pleasing. I just afraid of the different ingredients of the dishes. But enjoyed my simple dish.

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