There isn’t much you can say about Chinese food in The Netherlands, most of the food is westernized to the point of that there is no way the food is Mainland Chinese. A coworker of mine pointed me to Oriental Express and even took me there when we went to catch a movie together. I was shocked!
Usually when I pass by Oriental Express it’s packed with people. Chinese people mostly. It’s a Dim Sum place, so that means you can order a bunch of different small ‘bites’ and enjoy them together. But you can also order a full dish to share. They serve Peking duck and different types of Chinese dishes from almost every region of China.
You usually have to reserve a spot, but I haven’t been denied with the amount of times I’ve gone to this place. it’s in the center of Rotterdam, there are a couple parking lots around but I’m not sure about the prices of it since I usually go by public transport or by bike. It’s extremely close to the station and located just across from the movie theater so it’s possible to go here when you catch a movie. The isle’s however in the restaurant aren’t as wide and I haven’t seen anyone in a wheelchair inside so I’m not sure if I can judge on this.
Restaurant: Oriental Express Rotterdam 東方美食
Address: Mauritsweg 2, 3012 LA Rotterdam
During: Multiple times
Rating (out of 5 stars)
I’ve been here so many times and I feel like it’s changed every time I’m here, when you come inside you tell the staff the amount of people you’re with and they send you to a table. The entire restaurant is in a kind of busy flowery print. It’s nice but for my tastes it’s a bit too much. I haven’t had a problem with the size of the table unlike I’ve been having with different korean restaurants and you can order multiple different dishes with ease. the dishes I usually take are rettich cake, stewed beef organs and a steamed rice dish. Though I love most of the dishes they serve.
Some dishes take a little longer though and they usually tell you in advance, make sure not to order the rice/meat pots too late, they take about 20 to 30 minutes to get ready but they have them in different sizes and I highly recommend them. What I like most is that the dishes are fast and small, you can order whatever you want and they will come really fast and if you have some leftovers of the bigger fried rice/noodle dishes or meats/fish you can ask for a doggy bag and take it home!
Try their chinese icetea aswell, it’s great!
My restaurant rating
4 out of 5
It’s been quite an amount of months since I’ve been here for dinner and I’m actually planning on going again really soon. I’m hungry for all the true chinese foods!