WITH its relaxed vibe, friendly service and sensational prices, Bar Orient is definitely geared towards students and those looking for value for money.
Walking past the alfresco to enter the bar we were struck by the size of the venue and its different seating options.
As well as a formal dining room, there are more relaxed eating areas including hightop benches and leather lounges.
Given the size of the venue the ambience is anything but sterile with warm furnishings and a cosy vibe.
Diners can choose from a range of share dishes including brushetta ($11) and buffalo wings ($13), before tucking into classic mains like fish and chips, steaks, burgers and pizzas.
After a short wait of about 15 minutes our food hit the table.
The potato bravas ($7) – mouth-watering bites of crispy and seasoned potato – was paired with a scrumptious aioli dip that had a nice kick.
While they were moorish, the serving size was so generous that roughly half the dish was left uneaten.
In saying that, potato bravas are best eaten on their own with a few drinks, rather than as an entree or side dish.
For mains we ordered the 250g Porterhouse steak ($29) and Thai beef salad ($18).
The steak was cooked to perfection and accompanied by a generous wad of chips and a simple fresh salad.
Some of the beef in the Thai salad was a bit gristly, but the dish was crammed with flavour and there was a generous amount of dressing. We would definitely return to Bar Orient for another meal – it has a relaxed vibe and a menu to suit all budgets.
by WADE ZAGLAS
and HARRIET BURROWS
39 High St, Fremantle