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Nelson Oriental Restaurant

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105 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
+64 3-546 6774
12:00 - 21:00
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

Unedible food. Buffet tasted like it'd been out there for several weeks, some dishes were oversalted and others (like the spring rolls) were just plain old and dry. My friend had noodles from the menu which were barely cooked and covered in a slimy yucky sauce. Kitchen could be viewed from toilet area and looked very unclean and frankly disgusting.... More 

1 Thank Fredrik O
Nelson, New Zealand
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76 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

Friday night, 7 pm, feeling like old school Chinese .... sign says open, but the stairway has a high chair in it and the lights are off. The disinterested pair behind the takeaway downstairs eventually understand that we actually want to try the restaurant that is advertised, and start phoning someone to get it open. No thanks; we'll take our... More 

1 Thank Henro2010
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

Food was good, nothing special however. We ordered 2 mains and some noodles, which turns out we got chicken noodles which again was another main. So we ended up spending $16 more than anticipated. We went upstairs to the restaurant, yes it was very dated. Dead flys on the window sil and lipstick on the glasses. Lovely lady and son... More 

Thank Leanne D
Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

We dropped in for a quick takeaway from the 'smorgasboard'. The food was completely inedible. The pork balls were cold, dry and rock hard. The spring roll was also cold, rock hard on one side and saturated in fat on the other surface. We asked for some rice and this had to be scraped off of the bottom of the... More 

Thank Kiwichicky21
Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2016

The lunch smorgasbord had a range of 6 options. We ordered what we wanted for lunch went to sit down, flys and sandflys hanging around on the filthy window. Very dated and cluttered seating area with table propped up on a folded magazine. Mismatched plates and dirty cutlery to eat off. Raw chicken in the meal- very put off. tasted... More 

1 Thank Gemma R
Auckland, New Zealand
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

Had lunch here today and we both were happy with the food ! More cantonese style but still made nice lamb dish . Will prefer this place then other chinese restaurant in Nelson as food was better , quantity good and warm service !!

Thank Alokdhir
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70 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2015

This is great food and consistently good. Not quite authentic but consistently good fresh and pleasant staff.

Thank Sailorbabe
Jakarta, Indonesia
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200 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2015

The food itself just ok for us. since we looking for chinese food and this restaurant is the one that we find around nelson at night time.

Thank InlyF
Motueka, New Zealand
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2015

It looks an ordinary Chinese Takeaways downstairs but my oh my this is a hidden gem! Whenever my family came over for a visit we would definitely come for a feast. We never tried the ready cooked takeaways but would asked the chef to suggest instead, average $40 per head and the meal was always splendid! True original Cantonese Meal,... More 

Thank Stephy_SL
Nelson, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2014

We went to this restaurant for the first time since Ive lived in Nelson in 34 years, I was blown away by the staff in there manners. The food we ate was very nice. I don't eat fish at all so the selection I had was great. We will be going back now that we have found this place.

Thank Racey82

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Asian, Chinese, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 105 Hardy Street, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Nelson-Tasman Region  >  Nelson
  • Phone Number: +64 3-546 6774

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?