The winner of the Best Chinese Restaurant in Adelaide for various years, From Orient serves a good variety of authentic Chinese cuisine. The dishes served there certainly lived up to the restaurant's reputation. All the dishes that we tried turned out to be delicious with some of them being unique to From Orient.
A delicious dish with a plain non-descriptive name, Hot Clay Pot is one of From Orient's vegetable dishes with tofu and vegetables braised in a soy sauce based sauce. The vegetables had the right amount of bite to them and the tofu was saturated with the moreish sauce they were braised in. It is advisable to eat this dish slowly as it comes out piping hot and remain so for quite some time.
Hot Clay Pot (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Curry Chicken is quite a unique dish with deep fried pieces of chicken tossed in a spiced curry sauce. The chicken was fried to golden brown with the crisp coating contrasting well with the tender meat and the curry sauce gave the dish a distinct Indian flavour. The vegetables the chicken was served on helped to balance out the flavour of the dish with its slight bitter flavour.
Curry Chicken (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Preparation of their Master Stock Duck dish is a two-step process with the duck first slowed cooked in a master stock before it is lightly deep fried to crisp up the skin. The duck was very tender and infused with flavour from the master stock, contrasting well with the crispy skin. The dish came with a serving of plum sauce for dipping the duck pieces and Szechuan style preserved vegetables whose sour taste was a good partner to the duck.
Master Stock Duck (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
One of their unique entrée dishes, the Enoki Rolls consist of Enoki mushrooms wrapped with tofu skins topped with a brown sauce. The chewy Enoki mushrooms were a good contrast to the light crispy tofu skins with the brown sauce subtly enhancing its flavour. For maximum enjoyment, the Enoki Rolls are best eaten together with the fresh vegetables accompanying the dish.
Part of their selection of special dishes, Stir-Fried Pork Belly Slices with Fresh Chilli had slices of pork belly cooked to perfection with the capsicum slices providing a bit of texture. It also had a bit of heat from the chillies with the black beans giving the dish a delectable salty flavour.
Stir-Fried Pork Belly Slices with Fresh Chilli (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
Mao's Favourite is another pork belly dish - pork belly braised with chestnuts and carrots in a traditional sweet soy sauce. The pork belly was tender without being too fatty and was partnered wonderfully by the carrots and chestnuts. The sauce the pork was cooked in completed the dish with a hint of flavour from the spices included in the sauce.
From Orient also offers a selection of Lunch Special dishes priced from $5 to $15. These dishes offer a good opportunity to sample a variety of their dishes in one sitting. Some of the dishes are only available during lunch time and the staff mentioned that they are very popular with the locals. Booking is essential on certain weekdays because some companies had tables booked for regular company lunches.
(Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
The décor of the restaurant is formal and it has an elegant and quiet ambience making it a good place to have a business dinner or a relaxed dinner with a companion.