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Sizzling Specials at Orient East

Even though we’re approaching the tail end of winter, Melbourne’s days and evenings remain unbearably chilly – a far cry from the warmth and sunshine that our friends up in the Malay Peninsula are blessed with all year around! Luckily for you, we have some sizzling specials that will appease your wallet as well as put a smile on your heart and stomach.

Pop into Orient East during your lunch break and enjoy our express lunch special for only $15. Chose from a selection of main meals such as our famous beef cheek rendang with nasi lemak (coconut rice) and pair it with a glass of house wine.

Beef cheek rendang with nashi lemak

Beef cheek rendang with nashi lemak

Dropping by for dinner? Then savour one of our delicious curries or noodles with a glass of wine for only $20. Our beef cheek rendang makes another appearance as does our Penang char koay teow with prawns, lup cheong and smoked pork crisp, a dish inspired by our owner Li Teoh’s childhood days in Penang.

Penang char kaoy teow

Penang char kaoy teow

And if you’re wondering whether our $5 drinks deal is still happening – yes, it is! That’s right, folks, you can enjoy a glass of bubbles, house white or red, beer or basic spirits for only $5 a pop all day, every day.

For bookings, give us a call on (03) 9685 2900 or drop us an email at

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Jimmy and the Wolf Head East, a BeerGustation Dinner


To celebrate Oz Beer Day on December 3rd, Orient East has teamed up with Wolf of the Willows and Brewcult for a feast to excite all senses.

Named Jimmy and the Wolf Head East, this eight-course ‘BeerGustation’ dinner promises a banquet of contemporary Asian dishes expertly matched with exciting beers from the two dynamic brewers. We all know that Asian food goes well with beer so expect to see plenty of wonderful pairings.

Those who joined us for the Plonk wine dinner last month will be delighted to see the likes of our lamb rib shao bing and salted duck egg yolk chicken wings make return appearances. Same goes for the wildly popular taro roast duck with kumquat marmalade, a flavoursome dish that pays tribute to a classic Cantonese favourite.

The BeerGustation menu will also feature pearl dumplings, dan dan Sichuan noodles and salted egg donuts, just to name a few. These will be paired with a variety of crisp ales from both breweries with a few eye-openers thrown in for good measure – think a crisp, clean lager with a touch of bitterness (BrewCult’s Spoiler Alert!) as well as a glass of smoky JSP finished with dark chocolate and espresso notes from Wolf of the Willows. We’ll even throw in a Mai Tai IPA cocktail for fun, too.

Tickets for Jimmy and the Wolf Head East are selling fast. At $65 a pop, you’ll get a feast of eight dishes and seven beers (oh, and the Mai Tai IPA cocktail as well). To book your spot, email us at or give us a call on 03 9685 2900. Be quick, we only have a limited number of spots available!

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Plonk Food and Wine Matching Dinner at Orient East

It’s not often that people associate Malaysian cuisine as one that matches fittingly with wines but we were able to change that perception at our recent Plonk dinner event.

Held on Saturday October 17th 2015, Plonk attracted more than 40 foodies and oenophiles from all over Melbourne. The eight-course tasting menu took hungry guests through a journey of Penang’s vibrant street food culture, where classic dishes were given contemporary twists.

Orient East’s roast pork bao and taro roast duck with kumquat marmalade both proved to be robust matches for Piano Piano’s Tempranillo, a spicy red infused with floral notes. Tscharke’s famous ‘The Master’ Montepulciano was another well-received red, with its aromatic raspberry and cherry notes pairing well with Orient East’s braised beef appam coconut pancakes and lamb rib shao bing.

Likewise, guests went wild over Tait’s BallBuster, a bold Shiraz, Merlot and Cabernet blend which was paired with the salted duck egg yolk chicken wing and beef cheek rendang. Finally, Tscharke’s ‘Eva’ Savagnin proved to be a versatile performer; the sweet and bubbly white was an apt partner to both Orient East’s famous black pepper soft shell crab bao and pandan panacotta with salted coconut jelly.

Our next event will be held on Thursday December 3rd 2015 and is one for all beer lovers. Featuring beers from World of the Willows and Brewcult, this beer and food pairing dinner promises to be a stunner. Tickets are $65 per head (includes eight dishes, seven beers and one beer cocktail). To book your spot, email us at or call us on 03 9685 2900.