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“Overhyped - not bad, but not outstanding”
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l'orient
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Thai
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Good for: Large groups
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Description: New upscale place in Naples Bay Hotel area (by Bonefish)
Reviewed May 28, 2012

We were expecting something more “over-the-top” based on recent local reviews and hearsay. We were disappointed.

We had a good meal, but not a great one –especially for the price and the perfunctory service. For instance, when the runner plopped down a small plate with two dough balls and a ramekin of sauce and said “Here you go”, we had to figure out that these were some type of steamed bun with a honey-butter spread. The waitress was nice, but not overly friendly. We had to remind her to recite the Chef’s specials for that night as she asked for our order. We were also disappointed that this is yet another restaurant that does not give the price of the special during the recitation. We had no compunctions about asking, but we should not have to ask-especially where most menu entree prices are north of $20.

Our entrees were good, but not as good as the menu price might indicate - $24 for Pineapple Curry Shrimp and $22 for Roast Curry Chicken. This was aggravated by the fact that we had to pay an extra $2 for a small bowl of Jasmine rice to share. We have never had Thai food where the rice was not part of the dish – and always included in the price.

The wine list was OK, given that Thai food is difficult to pair with and they do have a nice selection of whites to go along with some of the spicier dishes. The prices care surprisingly “friendly” compared to the menu prices.

Last, but not least, was the long, long walk from the parking lot to the front door (over 750’ measured from Google Earth). Can’t be helped because of the way the property is laid out, but the Bonefish Grill next to the parking lot was bursting and this place was less than half-full.

Would we return? Probably not as a place to go on our own, but if friends wanted to try it, we would accompany them.

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Thank Ed_and_Bonnie26
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

Food was good, but I was hoping for a bit more originality. Maybe I was misled by the French Asian fusion advertised on their website. It was all Asian American. Other than that, it was a pleasant experience, our server was friendly and prompt. Will be back to try some more dishes.

Thank kerryblue1
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