Located along North East Road in Holden Hill, Orientai Restaurant is a great place to enjoy a wide range of Thai dishes. Aside from their main menu, Orientai also offers a 'Noodle Bowl' dining experience in which you can enjoy a range of noodle dishes at their eight metre-long table.
Served to us as a large piece of meat, their Pork Belly was very enjoyable to eat with perfectly cooked meat set off by meltingly tender fat. The sticky soy sauce the pork was braised in gave the dish its delectable savoury flavour. Some Thai chilli sauce added a bit of heat. A knife was provided with the dish for dividing the pork into serving portions. This is one of the best pork belly dishes we have tasted in Adelaide.
Pork Belly (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
For those who like a dish with a bit more spice, the Chilli Barramundi is a good choice. The pieces of barramundi were fried to golden brown and the chilli sauce was of the right consistency to ensure the coating of the barramundi was not marred. The addition of rocket leaves gave the dish a bit of a peppery taste.
Chilli Barramundi (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
While we thought the Beef Peanut Long Song was a bit ordinary, the strips of beef were tender enough to not require a great deal of chewing. The broccoli also had the right amount of bite to them and the peanut sauce gave the dish a flavour similar to the Malaysian dish known as satay.
Beef Peanut Long Song (Photographed by Jonathan Phoon)
In addition to their main menu, Orientai also offers a selection of dishes around $12 that you can enjoy during lunchtime. The décor of the restaurant gave it a cosy and formal feel with off-street parking conveniently located next to the restaurant. The restaurant has a variety of seating – typical Chinese round table, long table and bench seats.