The Orient

Chinese Fast Food Restaurant

The Orient – Chinese Fast Food Restaurant

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One Hyde Kensington: Star Wars & The Orient | Wrap Your Lips ...

Review analysis
food   ambience  

One Hyde Kensington is a restaurant and late night bar located opposite Kensington Palace, and was previously home to the bar Beyond.

The lateral interior is located one floor under the surface of the busy main road, with a long bar, its own DJ booth and neon Star Wars portraits hanging on the walls.

Equally as good is the sharing platter of dim sum – which is excellent.

Balls of black sesame, coconut and mango mochi follow, and end a very good meal on a high.

I’m never sure of what to expect when dining in Kensington as I think some venues have a habit of being all style and little substance.

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Orient London, China Town: restaurant review - olive magazine

Review analysis
food   menu  

Wardour Street’s Orient London hopes to be just that by offering both dim sum (aimed at theatre-goers looking for a quick meal); and ‘authentic Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine’ for diners with more time to spare.

Orient London actually serves three menus – dim sum, Chinese, and a set menu – but, oddly, upon arrival we were offered just the latter, and only learnt of the other options once we’d got home and checked the website.

So if you want to try something adventurous (including braised sea cucumber with fish lips, marinated spicy duck tongues, and fresh lobster with turnip paste and pepper sauce), make sure you ask your waiter for the ‘Chinese’ menu.

We did sample the dim sum as a starter, but with the exception of a particularly juicy minced shrimp dumpling, they weren’t up to the standards of nearby dim sum restaurants.

A word of warning: the a la carte ‘dim sum platter’ isn’t just dumplings; it also comes with prawn toast, spring rolls and all the other usual suspects, despite not mentioning it on the menu.

Orient London - Chinese restaurant in Chinatown, London

Review analysis

Orient London, based in Chinatown in London’s West End, offers authentic Chinese cuisine.

At our Chinese restaurant, we welcome a range of customers from theatre-goers seeking some quick Dim Sum, to tourist groups who select one of our bespoke set menus.

Book a table and come and visit us today on Wardour Street, next to the Chinese Gate in the heart of Soho.

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Orient London | Restaurants in Chinatown, London

The classier vibe at this Chinatown restaurant is in stark contrast to many of the Chinese restaurants in this part of town, where 'no-frills' can be a generous description.

Dim sum is available at lunchtimes, with dishes ranging from sesame prawn rolls, cheung fun with dried scallops and har gau dumplings to tripe in black pepper sauce, marinated spicy duck tongues and chicken claws in Chinese wine.

The evening menu also goes from well-known Chinese crowd-pleasers to dishes many Westerners might balk at.

Expect, then, roast duck, kung po chicken and stir-fried beef in oyster sauce alongside fish and tofu soup with preserved egg, and braised sea cucumber with fish lips.