Oriental Garden – Delicious Chinese Food in Spring, TX
The Oriental Garden in Spring, Texas is a recent good discovery of ours. It is located in a strip mall location on Champions Forest Drive and Louetta. An inviting ambiance with pretty décor is just inside the restaurant entrance doors. A friendly greeting also awaits customers. It is obvious that this is a hospitable neighborhood type of Chinese restaurant. Many photos of patrons are featured. My husband and I have heard affable banter back and forth between regular customers and wait staff.
There is a lot of symbolism used in the décor. Listed below is a small sample of what you might spot.
- An orchid has a meaning of modesty and beauty.
- A happy and harmonious union is the meaning of a phoenix and dragon when seen together.
- Bamboo signifies longevity plus strength and good luck.
- Goldfish represent abundance and prosperity.
- Horses represent perseverance, speed and power.
The décor is admittedly pretty. Comfortable arm chairs are provided. Linen tablecloths and napkins are used on the tables and attractive artwork is placed on the walls.
What people are probably most interested in is the quality of the food. If the food is bad then all the artwork in the world can hardly make up for that. As the folksy sounding expression states…”That would be like putting lipstick on a pig.” The owners of the Oriental Garden restaurant make an effort to accommodate their customers in every way possible. They alter dishes to satisfy a patron’s taste wishes and/or allergies.
Both soups that we have thus far tasted have both been good. My husband and I often choose the hot and sour soup as our first choice when dining in Oriental restaurants. Their egg drop soup was rich and delicious and was a nice alternate choice.
I prefer the nuttiness of brown rice and substituted that for steamed rice when I ordered the pork with garlic sauce one day for lunch. My husband generally prefers the steamed rice. Both of our entrées were flavorful, good and the portions were most generous.
The pork and beef dishes are yummy and most satisfying. My tasting buddy (husband) and I agree that their seafood entrées are delectable! The shrimp and scallops are not only flavored well but are prepared with a deft hand in the kitchen. It is easy to overcook such delicacies wherein they become tough and rubbery in texture. The chef at Oriental Garden knows just how to caress the best flavor and succulence out of the seafood that we have enjoyed to date. We both look forward to trying out even more of their seafood dishes in the future.
People who live nearby are encouraged to return often.
- On Monday nights kids get to eat a kid’s meal for free for every entrée that is purchased when dining inside.
- On Wednesday nights senior citizens get 10% off their entire bill whether dining inside or carrying out orders.
- Cards are issued and punched for each lunch purchased. The 11th lunch is free.
Restaurant hours are 11 AM to 9:30 PM Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday they remain open until 10 PM. Not photographed by me is the bar area of the restaurant which is separate from the dining room.
If this restaurant was closer to our part of town we would definitely be seen there more often! When exploring parts of the Houston metro area up in that direction we now know where to dine. We give the Oriental Garden restaurant a big “thumbs up” rating!
Check out Pepper Twins Restaurant if you are hungry for good Oriental food and live in the River Oaks area of Houston.