Sunday, 4 September 2011

Ascot Oriental Saturday September 03rd

Venue:-            Ascot Oriental

Telephone:-            01344 621877


Situated on the London Road close to Virginia Water is the Ascot Oriental, formerly the Chukka public house now lovingly renovated it is a modern stylish building with a vibrant interior and a very attractive conservatory area. The restaurant has been a regular haunt of ours over several years and never fails to disappoint. The owner (and Master Chef) Konrad Liu oversees the proceedings in both the front of house and behind the scenes in the kitchen and has a very able and receptive team of waiters who look after you with the utmost of efficiency. The Ascot Oriental has set the standard both within Ascot and beyond as a beautiful appointed restaurant where people come to relax and enjoy the distinctive cuisine coupled with the impeccable service.

The food, well, we chose from the A La Carte – mixed Hors D’Ouvres which consisted of Spare ribs, chicken satay (with a nice unusual spicy taste), vegetarian spring rolls, prawn sesame toast, Shanghaise dumplings (I think! – they were some sort of dumpling) and crispy seaweed and at £9.50 per couple good value. Everything was eaten all the food complemented and roll on the next course.

We normally at this point have the crispy duck, but today for a change we all had crispy fragrant lamb wrapped in iceberg lettuce leaves with plum sauce – a do it yourself  course like the duck and pancakes. I tried one wrap with the plum sauce(jam) and one without and I preferred the one with, my partner the one without – but everybody agree it was a good choice.

The mains. Most mains come in from around £8.95 - £16.50) We had Braised cod with asparagus and spicy garlic, chicken breast in honey and lemon sauce, sautéed chicken with chilli and blackbean, fillet of beef with ginger in oyster sauce on a bed of broccoli, fillet of beef on its own and at least one other dish which I have forgotten. To complement the above we had some sautéed seasonal vegetables, Nasi Goreng, steamed rice and egg fried rice with spring onion.  All was eaten and hailed a great meal, the honey lemon chicken being declared ‘the best I have eaten’ – not a favourite for me though, has that slight twang of sweet and sour which I do not like  - it’s a personal thing not a criticism of the dish. The meal was downed with copious amounts of both red and white wine (around £30.00 a bottle) plus a sprinkling of water – somebody always has to drive. All finally washed down with either China or oolong tea.

What about the apple and banana fritters?  I hear you ask, well we were too full but we have had them before, so go on if you have the room spoil yourself and have the ice cream that goes with them too.

An excellent meal as always, they do a fixed price menu which works out at £27.50 or £28.50 a head plus another £4.50 a head  for the duck course – if you are not sure what to order try one of these meals. Specials are also created for Christmas, Chinese New Year  and Ascot week. Give it a try you won’t be disappointed.

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