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“Good food average service”

Oriental Restaurant
Ranked #52 of 324 Restaurants in Dar es Salaam
Cuisines: Asian
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Reviewed 11 March 2013

I was told that this is the best place for Sushi in Dar. The sushi and sashimi were fresh, the Wasabi was good, and though the Soy sauce tasted more Chinese than Japanese, it did the job. The green tea creme brule is exotic.

Our bill came to $95 for 2, and for that price in Dar, I would have expected much better service. The waiters were inattentive, and getting their attention required a lot more than eye contact or raising your hand slightly; at one time it required me standing up and walking towards them as they were chatting.

This place gets quote busy, so it is advisable to make a reservation.

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Reviewed 20 February 2013

I had heard that this was a good restaurant, but I guess it depends on what you compare it to. I understand they are famous for their sushi, but I went for ordinary Chinese: spring rolls to start and stir fried chicken. The spring rolls were crisp, but swimming in oil and came with a sweet chili sauce which tasted like it came out of a bottle. For a main course I had stir fried chicken with vegetables and cashews, The vegetables were over-cooked and soggy and everything was rather bland. You get better fare at your local take-away. I expressed my disappointment and was offered a free dessert. I chose the sorbets. Three balls of different sorbets in a cup. No sauce, no decoration, nothing. Twenty years ago you could get away with that, maybe, but in 2013 customers expect a little more finesse in an upscale restaurant. This just wasn't good enough. The price for my meal equalled the local minimum monthly salary.

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Thank Nohmad
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Reviewed 2 January 2013

One of the great things about the restaurant is the variety on the menu. The food was good, not great. THe service was ok, not particularly fast or good. The prices were high, not too high. It's clean and quiet. I'd give it good reviews overall but not great reviews. How many places in Dar can you get Tom Yam soup along with Sushi and Chinese food? So, it's hard to complain but on the other hand this is not showing up with a Michelin star anytime soon.

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Thank ghfatw
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Reviewed 22 October 2012

I loved this restaurant. Crab and asparagus soup was OK. Stir-fried seafood was excellent. Chocolate truffle cake with raspberry sauce (which I ordered from the other hotel restaurant, and which was delivered to my table at the Oriental without question) was spectacular. Relaxed, elegant atmosphere, excellent service. Surely one of the best restaurants in Dar - certainly the best I've tried myself.

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Thank Phil C
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Reviewed 9 July 2012 via mobile

Food and atmosphere is about the only things decent but then the service is the worst it took them more than an hr to get our drinks sorted for a table of 8.
Food, don't even ask we nearly missed our flight to Nairobi. Am in the car and fretting. Absolutely disgusting it took them 25min to get us our bill. No apologies. Hyatt or Kempinski some things never change.

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Thank KanikaNairobi
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