Price Range : Under $10 ($)
Adress: 4609 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Phone: (412) 622-7232
- list_altTakes ReservationsNo
- credit_cardAccepts Credit CardsYes
- thumb_upGood ForLunch, Dinner
- directions_bikeBike ParkingYes
- accessibilityGood for KidsYes
- groupGood for GroupsYes
- volume_upNoise LevelAverage
- transit_enterexitOutdoor SeatingNo
- tvHas TVYes
Family owned, super friendly people! Food is consistently delicious, my family is from Southern China/Hong Kong, and the food here is strikingly similar to what you would get there.
Both american Chinese style and Cantonese style food served here. Great stuff, I come here a lot :)
I ordered a *stew beef noodle soup (left)* and a *house special rice noodles (right)*
But, where is stew beef????? Only noodles and lettuce. The worst noodle soup ever.!!!
Orient express is a convenient place to grab Chinese takeout.
The menu has all of the favorites you expect from a Chinese takeout place, but the cooking doesn't do justice to what the dishes should be.
The restaurant often puts too many vegetables, is conservative on flavor and tapioca powder, and overall really misses the average flare of American Chinese food that you'd expect---it's more like a home style taste than anything.
For example, the general tsos chicken is not fried enough, the sauce is not pungent, and the chicken is dry. The Mongolian beef is just a search for a piece of meat along the onion forest, and the Hunan Beef is a jumbalaya of veggies you don't want to eat.
Convenience is what makes this place, but the dishes are really subpar, even for takeout Chinese food.
Nicely flavored food but...I wanted to try a few of my go to foods to see if I would want to eat here again. My complaint would be that everything I ordered that had dough or batter had alot of it! I was literally peeling batter off of my Salt and Pepper shrimp which was a bummer because that's where all of the seasoning was but I couldn't taste the shrimp through all of the batter. Same thing with the pork dumplings and wonton soup, I had to cut off alot of the extra thick dough to be able to taste anything but super thick wonton dough. I'm not sure if they were having an off day or if you can request something to be lightly battered and I wouldn't say they're bad because everything was well seasoned and flavorful I'm just not a fan of the thick coating they use on everything.
Orient express is located on Forbes avenue near the Starbucks on the corner of Forbes and Craig street. This is a great place to grab take out as the service is always very quick. My friend and I came for lunch and was surprised at how reasonable the lunch specials were. I had the general tso's tofu and my friend had the general tso's chicken. The lunch special comes with white rice or fried rice and a chicken skewer or spring roll. The food came out very quickly. Their tofu is nice and crispy and the general tso's sauce has a nice garlic flavor. The chicken skewer was good too. Overall, can't complain as the prices are very reasonable and food is good. The lunch special was about $7.50 and I had leftovers! Orient Express always satisfies the Chinese food craving.