Veg Out at Oriental Restaurant

Oriental Restaurant. I am not okay with this name, and it might cost them my patronage. I understand that it’s not sure what it wants to be – it has both Vietnamese and Chinese dishes – but it could’ve been a lot more creative so people would know it actually existed. A and I sat in there for what felt like two hours, and five people max came in during that whole time. Speaking of which, I hadn’t seen A in forever but in some ways we are really two peas in a pod though neither of us are terribly good at keeping in touch so the amount of love we have for each other and amount of time spent is directly inverse. this will change, i’m sure. we both graduated a year early and are approaching vegan (and share an enthusiasm for beards) so many a dining plans are in the future.

The first thing we noticed was that it smelled really good inside, not like old grease like some asian places. the second thing was the insanely low prices. Being Chinese and eating enough of that food to supply a small aircraft carrier when i was young, I almost never opt for the Chinese place. Which means I have only had a stir-fry or the like less than ten times in the past four years. All of a sudden, it tastes alright again! And the price was more than right.

A and I split an appetizer of tofu spring rolls (3) that were exactly the same as everywhere else. The peanut sauce is always too sweet for me so I always add soy sauce and sriracha. I'm not sure why I always think it's a good idea to get this appetizer. I suppose it sounds refreshing, but I'm always sorely disappointed. The spring rolls here didn't have basil or cilantro, which would've helped impart some semblance of flavor, and the fried tofu very tough. i like things fresh fyi

A and I split an appetizer of tofu spring rolls (3) that were exactly the same as everywhere else. The peanut sauce is too sweet for me so I add soy sauce and sriracha. I'm not sure why I always think it's a good idea to get this appetizer. I suppose it sounds refreshing, but it's just boring. The spring rolls here didn't have basil or cilantro, which would've helped impart some semblance of flavor, and the fried tofu very tough. i like things fresh fyi

A got this tofu and veggie chow fun (5), which she said was good enough. Good enough is generally all I ask of these little dives. Many other Chinese restaurants here give out huge portions enough for two meals but this place is less generous. I'm not going to dock them point for that though.

A got this tofu and veggie chow fun (5), which she said was good enough. Good enough is generally all I ask of these little dives. Many other Chinese restaurants here give out huge portions enough for two meals but this place is less generous. I'm not going to dock them points for that though.

My veggie plate (4.5) was a mixture of all the cheap vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, onions, and carrots in a garlic sauce (there were around 6 to choose from) over white rice. I wish they had the option of brown rice, and also more interesting sauces. It tasted very uninspiring but since I've eaten toast for dinner for the last week, it was satisfying enough. Took me back to the days I ate this kind of stuff in a tiny grimy place in Columbus called China No. 1 like, every weekend. For 3 dollars you could get a huge stir fry over rice, eggroll, and soup. Just thinking about it makes me sick of bad Chinese food again.

My veggie plate (4.5) was a mixture of all the cheap vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, onions, and carrots in a garlic sauce (there were around 6 to choose from) over white rice. I wish they had the option of brown rice, and also more interesting sauces. It tasted very uninspiring but since I've eaten toast for dinner for the last week, it was satisfying enough. i did really appreciate that it's light on the oil. took me back to the days I ate this kind of stuff in a tiny grimy place in Columbus called China No. 1 like, every weekend. For 3 dollars you could get a huge stir fry over rice, eggroll, and soup. Just thinking about it makes me sick of bad Chinese food again.

Oriental Restaurant is certainly nice for the value but with so many other Asian places with awesome food and a better vegan selection for just a buck or two more, I won’t be going there again soon.

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