Orient London

4.2
303 reviews
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£25 and under
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Chinese
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Group Bookings
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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian, Dim Sum
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Hours of Operation
Monday - Thursday: 12:00 - 23:15
Friday - Saturday: 12:00 - 23:45
Sunday: 11:30 - 22:45
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Phone number
020 7989 8880
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Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Mr Tang
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Cross Street
Lisle Street
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Public Transit
Leicester Square & Piccadilly Circus
Additional
Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 303 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was amazing, very good atmosphere, just missed some smiles from the waitresses...

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N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was very good. The service was poor. In fact when serving the dessert the waitress leaned across the table and chucked the dessert at me. Considering how many Chinese restaurants there are where the food is good and the service is also good I see no reason to specially recommend this restaurant to anybody.

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LH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

The starter platters- we had the fish was overly battered and seemed as though the contents were not freshly cooked- the after effects of msg use in food were not welcome. The dim sum was delicious and so were the ribs

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PC
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the 3rd time I have been to the Orient with my cousin. On this occasion, we came with friends from Spain. As always, we had a fantastic time. Our friends enjoyed the Orient London experience. The staff were fantastic; a few remembered us from our last visit. Can't wait to come again!!

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V
10 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We were given a private room for our group of old friends (about 8 of us) with a round table. Service was efficient. friendly and non intrusive - glasses were regularly charged and tea pots topped. Crispy duck as suitable moist and crispy , pork belly with preserved vegetables was perfect with it balance of acid and fatty layers. Crispy skinned chicken was a one of crunchy moreishness. Given the chinatown growing trend towards szechuanese and northern chinese cuisine - Orient is firmly on the Cantonese side - for now.

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c
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent authentic chinese food, tasty and freshly cooked. Will be back!

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TV
2 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal.
We always visit the Orient restaurant when in London.
Quality of food outstanding, staff all very pleasant and lovely surroundings

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AL
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service, comfort, food etc. Would go again if in the area.

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TJ
4 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Nice place but lights were so bright felt like you were in a airport.

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RB
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

The food was exactly as described and came in fair portion sizes, but lacked any real flavour. Having spent much time in China, I was particularly disappointed by the lack of flavour in all the sauces as I have found many Chinese dishes are very simple yet incredibly delicious. The plates were cold, so by the time the food arrived my wife's prawns were already cold; most of the food was quickly cold after arrival.

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M
4 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was lovely and my friends and I had a great time eventually.

My friends were late - no doubt about that - and retrospectively, I should have booked a later time. However, I was not late and more or less from when I arrived, I was getting harassed for when my friends works arrive and told a few times about the 2-hour turnaround time.

As a group we were late and so we should definitely have been ready to meet the restaurant’s policy of turnaround. It was however very weird to be told the policy a few times and harassed to order. It felt extremely uncomfortable.

In the end, they let us stay a lot longer than the end of the two hour period but a part of me is confident they did this after seeing how much we had ordered (food and alcohol) and so how high the bill would be.

Overall, food great but attitude was rude and obnoxious at the start.

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MM
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was too greasy/oily. Service was poor. Waitress was not accommodating and didn’t have a positive attitude. Food runners also had poor attitudes. Wouldn’t recommend this place. Disappointed that we had a poor experience.

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KA
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Exceptionnal food! But music too loud! Nevertheless best korean in London

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FM
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

DO NOT RECCOMEND!
The food although tasting okay was cold and clearly only reheated, not made fresh on site yet that wasn't the worst part. The service was shocking, clearing the table as you eat never goes down well with me but scraping food onto a diner's plate while they are still eating is unacceptable. I will not be returning to this establishment.

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H
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Cosy atmosphere and great food! great place for friend's gathering.

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n
6 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food but they do love to have the aircon on super high for that true Hong Kong experience!

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LM
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an amazing night here! Was a last minute plans with the boyfriend and I couldn’t fault the food or service. Will definitely be back!

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F
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Decent food. Skimpy on portions And the service was lacklustre. We did not pay the added on service charge for this reason.

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MA
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

Restaurant très bruyant. 5 à 6 serveurs différents se sont relayés.
Le service, pas au top ! Quand on les appelle, on dirait qu’on les ennuie !!
Pourtant, la nourriture est bonne. C’est dommage

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OT
8 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

On arrival we had to wait 30minutes to be seated even though I had booked a table. We were waiting for one of my friends to arrive and was told we couldn’t be seated without the whole party present which I have never experienced before. We were not even offered drinks whilst we were waiting just left in the doorway. Secondly the service was appalling. I was desperate to order some drinks and after about 30mins had to get up to find someone to serve us. Because of these reasons we decided not to pay service charge and the manager was very rude and told us that he will never serve us again in a high pitched voice which is very unprofessional.

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PS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant and lovely food and the staff were very friendly would recommend to others and will visit again next time we are in London 😀👍🏻

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OT
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I brought my boyfriend for his first dim sum experience. I ordered a lot and we could hardly finish but it costed only around 32£ !

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HL
1 review
Dined on 27 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has great Chinese style cooked lobster, great steamed chicken and Yin Yang fried rice. Staff were very friendly and attentive, especially with the birthday cake I had brought in. Would definitely recommend to friends and family!

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MR
21 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

V good food . Good service. Will be back.

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MB
5 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Ordered set meal c for 5 people and were very disappointed with the portion size - two bits of duck, small main course plates. A waitress overheard us complaining and got us a bowl of stir fried noodles on the house. I think simply being more generous with serving sizes would have been simpler.

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LC
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely set meal, extremely filling and good quality.

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OT
4 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I would recommend the Orient London, food was great and the location is very good, right next to the Chinatown arch!

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B
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Picked this restaurant after reading the reviews on TripAdvisor and we weren't disappointed.
Thoroughly recommended.

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KD
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was absolutely amazing. We went for dinner before seeing Book of Mormon and expectations were blown out of the water. Vegetarian options are outstanding

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HJ
1 review
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Fang/Phang (not sure how to spell her name) was brilliant. She made our experience a lot better than it would have been without her

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JT
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

This is a nice place. Great food,pleasant surroundings and staff who seem to enjoy what they're doing. Currently our favourite in Chinatown.

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G
309 reviews
Dined on 5 July 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Always very reliable dim sum. Service reassuringly grumpy.

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G
307 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always very reliable dim sum. Service reassuringly grumpy.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Usually we have crispy duck at the Four Seasons, which is very good. However, sometimes wefeel crammed in there. This restaurant was a nice change. The dim sum appetizer was very nice, the duck was very good (flavor) although slightly dry. The ambiance more than made up for the difference. And we were able to happily dine and finish in slightly over an hour at a reasonable price.

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T
41 reviews
Dined on 30 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Enjoyable evening meal with great service. We had sizzling beef with pepper which was superb! We also had Cantonese sweet and sour pork which was very tasty but sadly we would have preferred a little more of the delicious sauce. Otherwise perfect.

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SS
2 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I tried the Orient for pre theatre evening meal and thought they were excellent. Very good set menus with just the right amount of food presented at very good price. Service was also very good. Will return again and would recommend,.

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RK
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went here for a Saturday night meal with my girlfriend and her mum. Really great experience, lovely food and and really nice ambience. Would go again :)

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RO
10 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 3

I have been to this restaurant and it has always been first class.

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DS
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I booked a table and would suggest anyone planning on eating at the Orient should do the same, it gets very busy and could be waiting a while for a table.

The food was like none other, usually Chinese food is quite greasy or oily. Not an issue with the food served here, good portions, freshly cooked the only downfall was the squid we had in their Set Menu D, it was very salty. If you are a lover of deserts you may be slightly disappointed with the options available unless you have been to a Chinese restaurant previously you will know that their deserts are not particularly great. Despite that I had my dads coconut pudding while he ate my mango cheesecake. I stress if you have not had Asian deserts before you should check prior before eating out as you will be dissatisfied.

The service was impeccable and I loved the fact they gave hot towels after each meal.

It was a Father’s Day treat for my dad to which the whole family enjoyed the experience.

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BS
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, we loved the ambiance.

Thank you!

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