Asian food connoisseurs around Salt Lake and New Town should be familiar with specialty restaurant The Orient, known for its elegant ambience and lip-smacking Chinese, Asian and Thai specialties. Just as its name suggests, the bistro immerses you in a complete Asian experience as soon as you arrive. From the ambient, melodious notes of traditional Guzheng to minimalist yet elegant décor in shades of red and black showcasing larger-than-life painterly letters imbibed into the walls and partitions, the ambience will give you a unique experience. immersive culinary experience before you even take a look at their revamped menu.
Exclusive introductions to their updated menu include a host of dishes from different parts of Japan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar to name a few with a special spot dedicated to Chinese Calcutta very familiar with pockets of Tangra wetlands. We were there to try some of their latest inclusions and were amazed at the variation of flavors on our plates. A quick look at the fare revealed a host of Nigiris striking a perfect balance with an equal number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options viz. Philadelphia Asparagus Nigiri, Truffle Avocado Burnt Cheese Nigiri, Spicy Mushroom Sushi, Tiger Shrimp Nigiri, Salmon Nigiri and Tuna and wasabi nigiri alongside organized platters for meat lovers and vegetarians. We settled for a humble platter of Salmon nigiri served on a clay platter with a sprinkle of wasabi on one side. Succulent shreds of deliciously fresh salmon adorned the pits of each of the pieces, carefully cupped in sticky rice topped with a few extra pieces of fish.
Those looking to settle for something comfortable and not too experimental – there’s a host of Dimsums and Baos like the Whole Shrimp Crystal Dumplings and Teriyaki Chicken Bao which stand out the most among the options. We can also call on green alternatives if necessary. For a healthier experience, there are options like Lobster with Black Pepper Sauce, Teriyaki Chicken Maki and Salt & Pepper Imitation Chicken With Fresh Herbs.
If you feel spoiled for choice and want a more complete meal filled with servings of main dishes and sides, you might consider ordering their meal in a bowl with options such as Assortment of Soy Garlic Vegetables and Edamame Fried Rice, Burmese Khao Suey with Vegetables, Noodles and Coconut Milk, Where Teriyaki Tofu, Shitake Mushroom, Broccoli with Egg Fried Rice and Thai red or green curry with vegetables and steamed jasmine rice.
“L’Orient has come a long way since its launch in 2013. Almost a decade later, we’ve evolved the menu and added some of the most sought-after Asian specialties that have taken over well in today’s world. . We assure you of a host of gastronomic delights with a whole new range of offerings from the Land of the Rising Sun alongside other Southeast larvae,” concludes Nitin Kohli, Director of Ambuja Neotia Hospitality.
Our choice for a sweet conclusion would certainly be the Japanese moist tea cake with French vanilla ice cream, that will literally delight your taste buds with its soft, melt-in-the-mouth texture.
What: New Asian menu
Where: The East (City Center Salt Lake; City Center New Town)
Meal for two: INR 1700 (without alcohol)