This restaurant is a real gem. Lovely location, with a terrific ambience and decor. The service is attentive without being intrusive, and the cuisine is to a very high standard. In fact, the weekday lunch set menu, with 2 courses for Â£ 6 or 3 for Â£ 9 is a steal. The a la carte menu is extensive, reflecting malaysian, Thai and chinese influences. Overall, a high quality restaurant that is definitely worth a visit.
This was our second visit to The Oriental. Our first had been fantastic but the restaurant had been pretty quiet. After reading a couple of reviews saying how bad the service was when the place was busy we risked going on a Friday night. We contacted the restaurant to say we had car trouble but they didn’t have a problem keeping the table open for us. When we arrived they asked us if we had fixed the problem and even recognised us from our last visit. The place was busy busy but the service was as good as the first time we visited. The staff are very attentive and could not do more to help us. The food was first class too. Aromatic Duck to start was lovely and moist and more than enough for 4 people. The mains were fantastic too. You won’t just find the usuals you old expect on the menu, with the mix of Thai, Chinese and Malaysian there is plenty of choice and specials like Ostrich in Black Pepper sauce. I went for Kari Prawn, basically a creamy prawn curry with a bit of a kick. Mussaman chicken and Panang chicken were also both awesome. Best of all was the Red Snapper Fillet Flambe, who doesn’t love watching a flambe? All absolutely delicious. The setting at the side of the canal is fantastic at night and the decor is as good as the food. We can’t wait to go back again and again.