Whilst it's not in a very prominent location in the new wing of One Utama (ground floor, opposite Armani?), Oriental Cravings has been around for quite a few years and has earned a pretty firm following amongst those who live/ shop in this area:
I, for one reason or another, had never eaten there before... but made it a point to go there with my mum one weekend because I heard they serve a decent Rice Wine Chicken (which my mum likes).
The decor of the restaurant feels classy yet homey, with tables spaced out quite well so that you don't feel claustrophobic despite it being packed with people:
I especially liked the small touches like the flowered tiles and nostlagic photos lined up on the walls - added a nice warm feel to the area:
Ok. You remember that I said that the reason why I came to this restaurant is because my mum likes Rice Wine Chicken?
Well, she's not entirely used to shopping center pricing and balked at the price of the Rice Wine Chicken Mee Sua (RM 15.90+):
So, in the end, I had to let her try it in a roundabout way - I ordered it for myself and insisted she try some.
Honestly, I don't really like this kind of thing (fairly strong/sharp aroma of the Chinese rice wine, with some sweetness from the chicken and fragrance of the ginger)... but my mum said it was nice so I guess that means that it's pretty good (for someone who does like this kind of thing).
(Personally, I struggled to finish it....)
I really liked the Chee Cheong Fun with Pork Curry (RM 5.90+) that the friendly "captain"/ senior waitress recommended to my mum though:
Although the serving size was a bit small (I think I can finish 2 plates!), it did cost only about RM6 and the chee cheong fun was that nice combination of silky yet slightly chewy, swimming in a lovely, fragrant pork curry.
The Honey Sea Coconut With Longan (RM 4.50+) my mum ordered was not bad - refreshing, and with a fair amount of stuff in it:
(It was nice that they could cater to her request of leeeeessssssssssss sweet please without making it yucky)
Also nice was the Iced Hainanese Tea (RM 5.50+):
A nice mix of coffee + tea + Milo, it was fragrant and smooth and (yay!) not too sweet.
Overall, I enjoyed the meal there. It's not exactly cheap, but I think it's ok for a yummy non-Halal meal in a shopping center (you are paying extra for the convenience lor)...
(Oh, btw: They also maintain a short but constantly changing list of daily specials, so that you will always have something new to try...)
So it's: Cosy, homey ambience, good range of simple yet delicious Non Halal Chinese food, reasonable prices for shopping center setting BUT nothing bad to way except it can be a bit packed during peak hours....
Oriental Cravings @ One Utama Shopping Centre
Lot 359 (Rainforest, Ground Floor), 1 Utama Shopping Center, Bandar Utama, 47800 PJ
Ambience : 7
Service : 7
Price** : RM 28/+ per person
Parking: Difficult on weekends
** Approximation - 3 course meal, excluding drinks
Telephone No.: 03-7727 2581
Opening Hours: 10am till late
- Tiny Vixen
- ~Brought up 2 SharE~
- JJCM: Mr & Mrs Nicktay + 1
- Sloppy Chic
- Motormouth From Ipoh
TAGS: Food, Blog, Weblog, Malaysia, Restaurant Review, One Utama Shopping Center, 1 Utama, Oriental Cravings, AsianChinese, Shopping Centre, Bandar Utama, KL, Kuala Lumpur