Had dinner at the Orient last night and we thoroughly enjoyed it!
We hadn't eaten here much over the past few years for several reasons, everything from not honoring reservations, to overly spicy food that was supposed to be mild, to additional issues . . . .BUT, we always like to retry a restaurant every few months and so we went last night, just the two of us.
And we had a very good and pleasant meal!
Our food, chicken with eggplant and pork egg foo young, were very tasty and nicely presented. And the thing that I really, really liked last night was that our Chinese server was not just efficient and friendly, but was probably the most interactive Chinese server that we've had in years. He was friendly, chatted fully with us and just came across as a really nice guy!
Usually we find that many Chinese servers are somewhat too quiet and too subdued. No, we're not looking to make more friends (we have plenty already although more are always nice), but rather, we're looking for positive interactions with the server. It's part of the whole restaurant ambiance thing.
Chatting with your servers usually leads to interesting facts about the restaurant, better knowledge about the food and how it's prepared, etc. So last night, was very positive at that level.
What did surprise us though was how empty the restaurant was on a night that the town was hopping with many people in town for the farmers' market and the Hop's music on the green.
Perhaps the owners need to take a good hard look at the menu and do some innovations and add some other kinds of dishes? We recently ate at a different Chinese restaurant in another state and their menu include "authentic" Chinese dishes that supposedly are actually served in China. We found those choices interesting and our dinners from that place were memorable.
In summary, we're glad we went back to the Orient and we'll start to frequent it more often. Hopefully we'll get that outgoing server again!
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