Hot pot, yum cha, Shanghai food.... all my favourite things! I was pretty excited when I saw Oriental Train. I don't think there is a restaurant which has all of the above combined together. You can guess how excited I was. I finally got to try it.
The restaurant itself is very interesting, as it is inside the Unley Shopping Centre. In fact it is right next to Coles supermarket and access is via the spacious carpark on Unley Road. Upon entering, on the left if where you can have all you can hot pot. It comes out on a train, very similar to sushi train and you are entitled to your own pot to cook in. On the right hand side are some booths, almost like ones you see at sushi train. We sat down at the tables off to the side. The place may look small from the outside but it can fit a lot of patrons inside.
At the time we went, it wasn't busy therefore we got given a dim sim sheet to choose what we wanted. Soup dumplings are my favourite so that was a must order item. It certainly didn't disappoint, the soup retained inside the skin and the juice was very delicious. These ones were less oily compared to other ones I have had. However I would have liked some ginger to be served with the vinegar.
I really enjoyed eating these steamed BBQ pork buns, the bun itself was nice and soft and the fillings were full inside. A little sweet compared to other Chinese restaurants in Adelaide.
We also decided to order some other dishes off the menu, for the price that the restaurant was charging I had expected something more. The noodle dish looked like a rushed dish which I could make at home. The quantity of this was very small and there was nothing special about this bowl.
I would not recommend ordering a seafood hot pot here. It is by far the least favourite dish I have ever had at a Chinese restaurant. The tofu was cold inside, and there were only little bits of seafood. In fact the scallops were over cooked and so were the squid amongst everything else.
I went back to the dumplings. These not only looked delicate, they were amazingly delicious. They really looked like tiny hedgehogs which were called buns. I treated them as dumplings, vegetable dumplings. I recommend eating these quickly because they were not served in bamboo steamers. They will turn cold easily and obviously wouldn't taste as nice.
One of the highlight of my experience at Oriental Train were these fried pork buns. I can say that these are the best fried buns I have had in Adelaide for a long time. Lightly pan fried buns, which were very crunchy at the bottom. Nice juicy pork fillings inside, the moment I bit into the bun, it was like I was in heaven. The taste of when I had it in Shanghai came back. I could literally have these any day.
I am not so sure about the service here at Oriental Train, but some of the dishes were definitely up there with the best quality and taste. Other items were only subpar. I guess I will have to go and try the hot pot as well.
Visit Oriental Train - Shop 2, 204 Unley Road, Unley, SA 5061 - (08) 8373 7029
Mon to Thurs 11:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri to Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun 11:00 am - 8:30 pm