Oriental Korner

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From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

‘Tapsilog? Where did you hear of that?’ the waitress demanded, as if we’ve uncovered the Filipino secret to ultimate happiness. In reality, it is a dish with all the polite decorum of a kick to the face. Tapsilog is a greasy, force-10 occupation of the lower intestine. A fried egg accompanies sugar-sweet, deep-fried strips of beef and a mountain of stodgy fried rice. It’s a pretty good indication of what Oriental Korner does best too. Oriental Korner is basically the Filipino equivalent of a greasy spoon.

The habitual banana sauce is laid out with ceremonial care and ups the tooth-rot factor as the waitresses balance plates of artery crunching fare. Alas the service is excruciatingly slow, but is just about as friendly as it gets. Just don’t expect to live much past 30 if you make this your nightly ritual. In the end, this is a restaurant for those who think hardened arteries happen to other people. The food is stodgy and on the whole not great, but it’s very cheap and if you do want to take the plunge into Filipino cuisine this is as good a place as any to start.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Al Markaziyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 671 6782
  • Travel: Hamdan Street

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Posted by: gilbert de leon on 29 Apr ' 12 at 04:48
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

food is really good, but, during friday, you cannot enjoy eating your food, the place is so small and not having enough space to move and there is a prayer meeting on the second floor which create a very noisy atmosphere,aside from waiting too long for the food, the AC is not working properly and you'll find your sweat dropping on your food.

Posted by: Mocs on 30 Dec ' 11 at 11:52
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i hope they would prepare the food faster.... :)

Posted by: An Actual OKR customer on 25 Mar ' 11 at 00:21
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The more I read Time Out restaurant reviews, the more I think the TIme Out staff just might possibly the most biased dramatic writers I've ever read. Then again, aren't all food critics the same? This restaurant is great and as an American who has travelled all over and experienced different kinds of food, I found myself coming back here over and over again. I would have to question just what this critic ate and just what this critic is used to eating. I've seen many foreigners come to Oriental Korner time and time again, and yes, sometimes they have too many customers to handle but the food has always been worth it. And not as greasy as this seemingly supercilious and rather condescending critic makes it out to be

Posted by: sisar on 09 Jun ' 09 at 09:04

i have eaten there a few times and being a filipino, food tastes like home cooked meal. however, you really have to WAIT for your meal, just like home - i guess. good thing at home tho, you can while away with tele or other stuff while waiting. i guess they only have 1 cook who islike a one-man band in the kitchen.

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