Orient London

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Chinese
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  • Authentic
  • Casual
  • Pre/post Theatre
Orient London is an independent Chinese restaurant in Soho's Chinatown, London.

Our specialities are Dim Sum and seafood, with a focus on Szechuan and Cantonese dishes, plus those from the northern regions of China.

Our aim is to delight and enthuse customers who want to experience delicious, authentic Chinese food that is honestly-priced.

We hope you'll find our service friendly and efficient, our ambiance relaxing and our refurbished premises with contemporary décor elegant and comfortable.

Proud to serve the Chinese and central London business communities, plus theatre-goers and tourists.

All our dishes (including all Dim Sum) are cooked fresh daily by our own chefs on the premises.
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AG
London
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal and service!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently amazing dim sum. Been here so many times but feels like it only gets better.

JK
London
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

good food. lots of choice, sophisticated dim sum
i recommend

KC
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Food. Excellent Customer Service. I would definitely recommend. Autistic friendly environment
Lots of choice on the menu. Will be visiting again.

m
Kent
32 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it here. Always wanted to eat in Chinatown and after researching this one came out the best and it didn’t disappoint. The service was fab and the food was delicious. So pleased I picked this restaurant you must give it a go.

MP
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, lovely atmosphere and friendly staff.

AT
Yorkshire
7 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal. Service excellent. Would go back when next in London.

MC
Key West
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I am actually unsure whether I would recommend this restaurant. Among the ones in Chinatown, this is probably above average. The food and the service are good. The ambience is also better than other traditional establishments in the area. However, despite not having drunk expensive wine or other alcoholic drinks (most of us 4 drunk Chinese tea), the average expenditure per person was just above £50. We found that a little pricey.

e
Glasgow
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second visit and lovely food again. We ate the vegetarian set menu and can not fault this. Would highly recommend

T
Atlanta
46 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Recommend the sharing options to be able to enjoy a little of many dishes. The service was a little slow to start, but once we ordered the food came out quickly, but not on top of each other- great timing between courses. Great location, too- in the heart of Piccadilly and Chinatown.

CC
London
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food, good quality control and excellent value.

CH
London
1 review
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our visit on 30 July was our second this year and it has been fantastic both times. Excellent food and service. We are looking forward to our next visit.

LH
Aberdeen
2 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Lovely food especially the spring rolls and great service.

TC
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Si la nourriture est excellente, le rapport qualite/prix est insuffisant. En effet, riz et nouilles sont facturés alors qu'en Belgique, cela est compris dans le prix avec le plat ! Carte des vins insuffisante également.

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LG
London
23 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It is certainly our favourite Chinese restaurant in London - the food is great. Service on this occasion was very good though at times in the past have found it slow - sadly staff generally not particularly friendly or cheerful. However, this does not take away from our enjoyment of the food.

RS
Lancashire
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and excellent service. Have never been disappointed on any of our visits.

CH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food was amazing. Must go there for great Chinese food!

JM
London
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, great food. A great place for a meal prior to a show. Allow at least 1 hour.

DS
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

For really tasty and made an occasion special. Menu ranges quite a bit so suitable for regular dining and special occasions. Good atmosphere and good menu.

H
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I have been to this restaurant already for number of times as food is so great! This time I took a friend of mine who really know about good food and wine (he is an official "sommelier" ). Thanks to Orient London, I was able to show off that I do know about food as well.

BB
Houston
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Staggering amount of menu choices at reasonable prices. Went twice on a recent stay and the food both times was excellent. The only knock I have is that the service was actually too quick, and that's coming from an American where we value speedy service. If you're looking for a quick, but exceptionally well prepared, Chinese meal, this is the place.

NK
Edinburgh
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing Chinese food and a huge selection of vegetarian dishes. Really recommend to anyone around the Chinatown area in London. Will rejoice the time I spent there with my family for months to come.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant and the staff so welcoming with my wheelchair. They really couldn’t do enough for us. Food lovely. Wish we had longer in there. Will be going back again soon.

m
London
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always very good food. Steamed items may take time as they are steamed upon order.

JM
1 review
Dined on 26 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food - we enjoyed everything from Set Menu C. High quality from the starters onwards. We would have loved a tiny bit of flexibility on the contents of the Set Menu (eg swapping in one lower-priced dish for one course), but both service and food were very good.

OT
London
15 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Fast service

JA
1 review
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food was of the highest quality and very tasty. We had the deep fried asparagus with chilli and the soft shell crabs for starters which were delicious. The crab soup with sweet corn and very good too. For the main dishes, we had sliced beef with black bean sauce, sliced chicken with ginger, fried shrimp with noodles and the emporer chicken. Everything was of the highest quality, all accompanied with some excellent red wine.

JD
London
3 reviews
Dined on 21 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Tasty food and fast service. It was very busy while we were eating and we felt a little rushed. You get a lot for your money.

AM
London
2 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, better quality than majority of the Chinese restaurants in the area. Service very attentive. Price is probably a bit higher than average restaurant in China Town but it's worth paying for the quality food they serve.

RO
London
17 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

This is a brilliant place. I have used it several times for business meetings and it has been consistently excellent. Our last visit was early evening on a Friday and the food was outstanding. The service was "good", but there is room for improvement. Staff need to learn how to be ultra-polite to customers.

b
Surrey
20 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

When we arrived it some considerable time for someone to come to the table ...
We then found out that the Dim Sum menu is only till 4pm! I booked this restaurant specifically for the Dim Sum!
It said nothing on the OpenTable website or the restaurant website that this was the case ...
We didn’t have time to find somewhere else so we stayed ..
The food was very good and although the restaurant was very busy, the service improved so it ended up a good evening.

AP
London
1 review
Dined on 7 June 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I always enjoyed the food at Orient, but service was not always great. I book a dinner for three for last Friday at 7pm celebrating my birthday and I disappointing to not be allowed inside until my friends arrive, it was 7 pm and there were 7-8 min late.
We also didn't enjoy the service of the waiter and some of the food was too salty.
When the bill arrived , we didn't want to pay the service charge as we weren't happy with the service , but the waiter asking: Whyyy? But Whyyy? Why noooot? After I told him the reason , he was still asking in a insisting way :but whyyy? I end up paying the service charge but that's because of the waiter insisting attitude and that was not a nice way to make someone pay for the service charge.

DW
1 review
Dined on 4 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Friendly restaurant with good quality food - set menu offered good choice

OT
London
30 reviews
Dined on 3 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Surprisingly good

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A fantastic meal, the food was delicious x

SH
1 review
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food in general was good, prices a little high however this is what you expect from a London sit down.

It was a shame that there was no china spoons as in every other place.

MH
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Traditional Chinese restaurant. Very clean and comfortable. We had a balcony table near to a door used by staff but it wasn't a problem. We had fixed menu which included a very tasty crispy duck with pancakes. Wine list was reasonable
Overall bill for four people was very reasonable for central London . I would book again (mid week).

E
London
180 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Mediocre bland food, could do so much better. On the plus side, service fine and the food was served promptly .

MS
London
1 review
Dined on 29 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

I love the bustling energy of this superb, authentic, dim sum restaurant. The choice and quality are excellent. It never fails to give me that warm contented feeling when I lunch here. And, my goodness, those waiters are busy! Perhaps even too busy sometimes - we had to wait in between times for a couple of items.

JO
New England
4 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We were recommended to Orient for casual standard Chinese cuisine. It was just that. I would have rather tried a take away or more of a street food type place for less cost.

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