Royal Orchid

Friendly joint that proves decent Thai and Chinese grub needn’t be mutually exclusive Reviews

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Eating at a restaurant that refuses to focus on a specific cuisine is often a hugely frustrating experience. When so many different types of food are pulled off badly, sometimes you can feel like striding into the kitchen, grabbing the chef by the scruff of his whites and curtly asking if a little bit of focus would be too much to ask for. Royal Orchid, we’re pleased to report, is a rare exception. There’s both Thai and Chinese fare on offer, and though the menu may be fairly shallow (think sweet and sour chicken and panang curry) nothing tastes like it’s been thrown together to please the masses.

On the contrary, Royal Orchid’s repertoire of Asian favourites is among the city’s best; the pad Thai noodles, for example – an absolute bargain at Dhs25 – hold plenty of bite and come loaded with a generous amount of fresh-tasting veggies. Add to this some friendly staff and a quirky decor scheme and you’ve got one of the finer Asian restaurants in the capital. Providing you can cope with leaving your preconceptions about multi-cuisine concepts at the door, that is.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

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  • Location: Hilton Abu Dhabi, Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 632 7777
  • Travel: Corniche Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: khalid on 06 Feb ' 11 at 09:49
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

One of the best resturants that offer sweet ad sour chicken and also the chicken dumpling.
I recommnd this resturant

Posted by: anisha on 24 Jan ' 11 at 09:36
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Not many people are aware but Royal Orchid has another equally good branch at Salam Street, Behind ADCB head office on Electra.

One thing that this branch has that hilton doesn't is their Fresh mongolian Grill @ only AED 75. You choice your ingredients and the chef cooks it live for you. Soup and dessert included.

Great food, Great Ambience. A must try !

Posted by: GT on 16 Dec ' 10 at 14:25
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

overall it was nice evening for me and my guests.
but there are some comments still. for example: the server had no idea about difference between dumplings from 'Assorted Dim Sum Basket' which was served on a table... she looked in a basket for a few seconds and in a process of describing she changed her decision couple times... so we didnt recieve the proper answer.
and the quality and choice of desserts are not impressive

Posted by: Dash on 08 Nov ' 09 at 13:42
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This restaurant has perfectly priced menu items, amazing Pad Thai and crispy chicken appetizer, as well as many menu items to choose from.

I highly recommend you give this place a try, and try to go to the branch located behind Zeit w Zaatar on Salam Street, as that branch is newer, has better interior and I find that things go nicer there.

It's good to hang out with friends, enjoy good food.

Posted by: Mustapha on 21 Feb ' 09 at 08:42
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I had heard a lot of the restaurant, but twas a disappointment. The restaurant was crowded and noisy. The No Smoking zone is a farce as smokers are right behind you on the next table. The staff seemed flustered and brought us the wrong order. The food itself was ordinary (not bad) and there was nothing noteworthy. To top it all, we were told that all the post meal Hot Towels were finished.

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