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“My friends love this place”
Review of Orient

Orient
Ranked #34 of 1,208 Restaurants in Johannesburg
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, 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.
Johannesburg, South Africa
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“My friends love this place”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

It can get busy and sometimes one needs a reservation and the hosts look at you funny - so it feels like you have to be part of a special club. I have been treated quite indifferently by a water there - he was really quite rude to us and when I mentioned this to the manager when he came around to check on the tables he seemed quite indifferent to my concerns (why ask?). This was the last time I was there, it was not necessarily the case on previous visits. The food is good. I could eat almost anything on the menu. It is a shame about the service. My friends love the place so I am brought to it often through no effort of my own.

Visited November 2012
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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236 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“Average food, disgusting service”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

My husband and I went to Orient for our 10 year anniversary dinner the waiters rudeness ruined the evening and we left to another restaurant for dessert.

The food was average, noting special and totally over priced for what you get.

Serious case of a restaurant being in a trendy area to make money rather than because the owner loves food.

  • Visited June 2013
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“great service and food, location and ambience”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

had a wonderful dinner at the Orient last night. food was amazing. chicken satay skewers, vegetarian spring rolls, prawn tempura, chicken green curry with garlic fried rice. the dessert was a treat and surprise- the sesame balls with ice cream. washed down with a bottle of Maison Veuve. exceptional service from Bongani Kennedy and Rejoice. and thanks to the wonderful mananger Wentzel. JG and AP

  • Visited June 2013
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Cape Town
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“No managers, no service”
Reviewed June 3, 2013

Been to the Orient many times, the food is consistently average to good, however the service is slack, with no management to be seen. Could not find a waiter to order something and then to get the bill. So waiters do what they want. Had the same experience at Kong Roast in Buzz Centre. This group feels that they can run restaurants without any management and charge high end prices.

  • Visited June 2013
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1 Thank Darren P
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Bad service”
Reviewed May 23, 2013

The place now has average food, and the waiters are arrogant. It used to be good, but as it is in a busy place, they are always busy so no concern over service quality

Visited September 2012
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