We where first to arrive and seated at table closest to the restaurant entrance, where every guest will walks past you to get to their tables. My guest booked on the day and I had booked a table earlier in the week, so we doubled up our reservation. I asked the manager to move us to another table. He said the restaurant was fully booked. Understandably my guest had booked on the day, so would’ve been expected to be given the last available table. Yet, I had booked early in the week, therefore I should’ve been seated at a better table. After some sighing by the manager, we were moved. My initial impression was, I though Perth would finally get a Chinese restaurant of international quality. Portion sizes of Chinese roast pork is so small (see image) for the price. Cod fillet with shallots, lacked Wok Hei, (Essence of hot wok to cook a dish through while maintaining all the freshnes of a dish) shallots was under done, skin of the cod should’ve been removed from the fillet. I suspect there is a distance to walk from kitchen to the dining room as the dishes didn’t seem hot. My beans in XO sauce, lacked any discernible XO sauce flavour except that of chilli. It would’ve be good if the restaurant poured their wine by the glass offering at the table instead of at the bar. I know it’s a new opening, yet I didn’t get a sense of satisfaction with any of the dishes or the service. What grates me is when the manager asked how things where, yet didn’t wait long enough for a response. There didn’t seem to be enough floor staff. It took to long for the bill to arrive. The restaurant needs a receptionist. I want Grand Orient to succeed, yet on first impressions I left unsatisfied. I do hope they can re-deem themselves.
found it unusual that the waiter kept putting the food bill on the table before we ate.
the food was ok except for the soft shell crab which dished up as just a lump of batter.