The Oriental serves Malaysian, Thai and Chinese food and the serving staff really know their stuff…
Read about us in The People newspaper . They said:
“The service immaculate and food cooked to perfection!”
The Oriental is an absolutley fantastic restaurant. From the decor to the service, the staff are full of knowledge on the different dishes and happy to recommend their favourites. The bar and tables are always sparkling clean. The food is of a brilliantly high standard. And the beautiful view from the window adds to the lovely night!
The service was attentive and our waiter explained the dishes well, the first was a delicious creamy chicken green curry (my favourite of the evening) a Thai speciality done to perfection.
February’s Style Birmingham magazine said, “We had an incredible evening at The Oriental Bar Restaurant; our food was above and beyond expectation and the service was flawless. Its fantastic atmosphere and menu make the restaurant a great choice for couples looking for somewhere different to eat on Valentines Day, or to celebrate Chinese New Year with some authentic cuisine.”
It’s no fluke The Oriental was recently named in the Times’ list of the country’s top 10 pan-Asian restaurants, says Jon Perks.
A visit to The Oriental reminded me of my friend Harry’s favourite saying. Whenever we go out for a meal, he’ll glance at the myriad of dishes on the menu and say “where there is choice there is misery”.
Knowing Harry it’s probably a quote from Vic Reeves or Harry Hill…
Well at The Oriental the choice is mindboggling, but not misery-making. Quite the opposite.
With its menu now boasting a fresh influx of great dishes – with a swathe of new Malaysian options – you are spoilt for choice, but in a nice way.
Work in the Mailbox? Or the city centre? Like eating out
at lunchtime? Try the Oriental â€“ itâ€™s recently been ratedÂ
by the Times as one of the top ten pan-Asian restaurants
in the UK. The new-look lunchtime menu offers a range
of oriental tapas, noodle dishes, noodle soups
and main courses.Â
I tagged on to a group of twenty suited and chattery
lunchtime diners, and opted for Yuk Sung as a starter.
This is a rewarding, light meal of finely chopped carrot
mixed with minced chicken, which is then stir-fried,
set on a bed of vermicelli-like strands of rice paste,
sprinkled with sesame seeds and served up
on trimmed iceberg lettuce leaves.
Splash on the soy sauce (if you like it), roll the leaves up
For a main course I plumped for Koay Teow,
which is a noodle-and-beansprout recipe thatâ€™s served
with either beef or prawns. The contrast between the slippery,
slightly gelatinous texture of the flat rice noodles,
and the crunchy beansprouts is delightful. The chilliÂ
isnâ€™t overdone, and a glass of water
or a bottle of Budweiser goes downÂ
well with it.
The bar here is well-stocked
as you can expect, with champagnes, wines,
spirits, and a selection of classy bottled beers,
including Chang, and Magners if you like your cider,
and there are the cocktails, Wild Orchid
and Tokyo Rose, for example, and the more
familiar Screaming Orgasm and Sex on the Beach.
You donâ€™t quite get a beach with the restaurant
but you get the expanse of water at the junction
with the Worcester Canal, and a view along the canal
up to Gas St Basin and Broad Street, and with the sun
out, the reflections on the water and the pacifying
oriental music, itâ€™s a restful place to eat and drink
during time out of the office.
Fantastic decor, very contemporary and opulant, loved the photos on the back of the chairs. good position by the water, lower level of mailbox.just the right amount of choice of food, often at oriental restaurants there is too much to choose from. portion sizes just right.food presented very well and was really very good. service was friendly and really enjoyed spending time there.
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.