I live in Houston and have worked as a nurse. I have a lifelong passion for traveling, nature, and photography (preferably all together!).
A Recent Discovery
We recently discovered Oriental Garden, a Chinese restaurant located in Spring, Texas. An inviting ambiance with pretty décor is just inside the restaurant entrance doors. A friendly greeting also awaits customers.
This is a hospitable neighborhood-type of Chinese restaurant. Many photos of patrons are featured. My husband and I have heard friendly banter back and forth between regular customers and waitstaff each of the several times we have dined there.
Symbolism in the Décor
There is a lot of symbolism used in the décor. Listed below is a small sample of what you might spot.
- Orchid: modesty and beauty
- Phoenix and dragon together: a happy and harmonious union
- Bamboo: longevity plus strength and good luck
- Goldfish: abundance and prosperity
- Horse: perseverance, speed, and power
The décor is admittedly pretty. Comfortable armchairs are provided. Linen tablecloths and napkins are on the tables, and attractive artwork is on the walls.
What people are probably most interested in is the quality of the food. If the food is terrible, 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 tastes, wishes, or allergies.
Both soups that we have thus far tasted have both been delicious. My husband and I often choose the hot and sour soup as our first choice when dining in Chinese restaurants. Their egg drop soup was rich and delicious and was an excellent alternate choice.
Entrées at Oriental Garden
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 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 this restaurant 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.
Location, Specials, and Hours
Located in a strip mall location on Champions Forest Drive and Louetta, the address is 16734 Champion Forest Drive, Spring, Texas 77379.
People who live nearby are encouraged to return often.
- Monday evenings: Kids get to eat a kid’s meal for free for every entrée that is purchased when dining inside.
- Wednesday evenings: Senior citizens get 10% off their entire bill, whether dining inside or carrying out orders.
- Loyalty cards: Cards are issued and punched for each lunch purchased. The 11th lunch is free.
Restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday. Friday and Saturday, they remain open until 10 p.m. Not photographed by me is the bar area of the restaurant, which is separate from the dining room.
If this restaurant were closer to our part of town, we would go there more often! When exploring parts of the Houston metro area up in that direction, we now know where to dine.
Born to the earth are three kinds of creatures. Some are winged and fly. Some are furred and run. Still, others stretch their mouths and talk. All must eat and drink to survive.
— Lu Yu, Ancient Chinese Philosopher
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