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Oriental Garden: "If It's Good Enough For The Locals..." Top 5 Page for this destination Bournemouth Restaurant Tip by johngayton

Bournemouth Restaurants: 35 reviews and 37 photos

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It always bodes well when the majority of customers in a UK Chinese restaurant are in fact Oriental and here on a quiet Monday six out of the eight of us ordering were doing so in what I assume to have been Mandarin.

This is a smart, modern, intimate little place, brightly-lit and subtly themed. Menus are fairly short compared to most, which is always a good sign, and whilst the house's speciality is Dim Sum it offers a good range of familiar and exotic dishes.

Service is professional, casual and friendly and prices very reasonable.

Favorite Dish: To start I opted for the Crab and Sweetcorn soup which certainly tasted of crab (and sweetcorn) and being finished with egg white was glutinously rich. My Singapore rice noodles were OK. The noodles themselves were a bit clumpy which resulted in the waiter having to rescue my naff chopstick attempt by providing a spoon and fork. They were a bit short on prawns too but made up for with plenty of duck and chicken and the spice was about the right heat for my palate.

Not the best noodles I've had but not complainable about. Washed down with a bottle of Tsing Tao beer the just over £12 bill was good value overall but maybe next time I'll stick to the Dim Sum.

Address: 105 Commercial Street
Price Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: On the western edge of the Triangle, almost at the apex.
Phone: 01202 240200
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Chinese/Dim Sum

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 27, 2010
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