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If you are a lover of authentic Chinese and oriental food, we are sure you are already well acquainted with the few traditional Chinese restaurants that have been dotting the foodscape of the State for quite a few decades now. Of late, a number of new restaurants and cafes have come up in the city which profess to serve authentic Pan Asian food but then again, most of them are Indianised versions of the quintessential cuisines of the oriental region. In this regard, if you want to taste some authentic Chinese and oriental food items, blended to suit the local tastes and preferences of our people, in an eclectic dining environment, one of the first names which comes to our mind is Oriental Bistro.

Oriental Bistro is located at Lachit Nagar. The place was launched as Yo China in 2010 and in recent times, rebranded itself as Oriental Bistro. Operated by KARINI, a part of the Mukesh Himatsingka group, Oriental Bistro has made its debut with a bang as it won the title of Guwahati's best upcoming Oriental cuisine restaurant during the Guwahati Food Awards 2018.

Oriental Bistro is all about good food served hot and fresh, along with prompt/friendly service. Rated as one of the most authentic and finest Oriental cuisine restaurant in the city, the food, available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian choices, has become an instant favourite among the food lovers. Oriental Bistro serves Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisines. The appetizers, available both in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options start from Rs 215.

The restaurant is the brainchild of Mr. Rishabh Himatsingka of the Himatsingka group, who is a foodie himself, and who loves travelling around the world and tasting new food. Since his college days, he was always interested in trying new food and started Oriental Bistro in January 2018, after parting ways with the franchise of Yo! China (which he operated for 7 years). Oriental Bistro was his idea, to give Guwahati an exclusive restaurant serving authentic yet flavourful delicacies of the Oriental Trio of Chinese, Japanese and Thailand. With an experience of over 11 years in the food industry, Mr. Risabh Himatsingka and his team want to deliver the best of Oriental Cuisine to the people of Guwahati and North East.

RishabhHimatsingka's core team comprises of Mr. Shaurav A. Chowdhury (General Manager) and Mr. Prem Rai (Executive Chef). While Mr. Shaurav A. Chowdhury handles the operations for the Karini Group of Restaurants, he loves spending time in innovating new products for his restaurants! Executive chef Prem Rai, on the other hand, is a chef with 18 years of cooking experience under his belly, and is a person who loves to create and modify renowned oriental dishes. He has earlier worked with companies like the Specialty Group & Moods Hospitality in Delhi, Chandigarh, Agra & Kolkata.

Talking about the menu, Mr. Shaurav A. Chowdhury says, "We emphasise on giving the guest a memorable experience by creating a cozy yet affordable ambiance. Our USP would be our extensive yet exciting Oriental Menu and our Home Delivery System. We not only have a menu where one can try many of the delicacies developed to suit every guest's tasting buds but, we are also one of the major players in terms of Home Delivery in Guwahati. We are the 1st restaurant to deliver Japanese cuisine to household in Guwahati too!"

The restaurant generally caters for the family segment and a meal for two generally costs around Rs 1000. The restaurant also serves an All Day Buffet, which is available at INR 549 plus applicable taxes.

Since the FIFA World Cup football matches are going on at the moment, the World Cup fever seems to have caught every citizen of the city. In order to make the ongoing World Cup matches more memorable, Oriental Bistro has introduced several lip-smacking offers for its clientele.

According to Chowdhury, "Watching football is always fun with good food and friends. Last Wednesday, we announced some exclusive offers for the FIFA World Cup final match on July 15. The special 'Goal for All' event is being organized in association with Guwahati Foodie, a Facebook community of over 90,000 food lovers."

As part of the football event,Oriental Bistro is offering flat 50 per cent off on all appetizers besides special offers on drinks for the World Cup final match. "We are offering a grand World Cup viewing experience with our giant screen and lip smacking food and drinks. The decor of the restaurant has been changed to give you a great feel while you watch the greatest show on earth," said Rishabh Himatsingka.

"The 50 per cent discount is applicable on all appetizers. We serve some of the best Chinese, Thai and Japanese cuisine in the city. Besides food, special offers are there on drinks. And there will be special gifts for those who pre-book their FIFA World Cup final seats here," said Shaurav A Chowdhury, general manager at KARINI. Chowdhury added that the guests will be asked to select a particular player on the day and every time he scores a goal, the guest will get a special offer. Also, games like foosball are in place for those who want to try their hand at competitive fun with their friends.

"Our special offers on goals are applicable on all match days. We have seen guests interested in watching World Cup games here accompanied by good food and drinks. So, we thought to come up with this special final screening as the teams fight for the pinnacle of football glory," added Chowdhury, who himself is a die-hard Barcelona fan.

Oriental Bistro is operated by KARINI, a part of the Mukesh Himatsingka group. KARINI has been operating two other major and renowned brands - Pizza Hut on GS Road, Guwahati and Subway in Kolkata.

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