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Tai Tong Chinese Restaurant

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212-214 Bank St, Whangarei, New Zealand
(09) 438 7921
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
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My family and I used to go here for dinner at least once a month a few years ago when it was an actual restaurant... now... the food is mediocre.. the atmosphere is really run down.. their fried rice is literally rice and peas... their garlic prawns were revolting.. I won't be going back.

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 16, 2015
Angela M
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Whangarei, New Zealand
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

I really hate to say this because two years ago it was the best Chinese food place. I heard it went downhill but I decided to try it for my self. I just grabbed a container a filled it myself. Honestly, looked awful and tasted just as bad. The fried rice was just white rice with some peas.. Sorry, the... More 

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Thank Taylordb
Whangarei, New Zealand
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5 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2015 via mobile

Went there for lunch with a 2 others, we were greeted strait away but thought it was odd to walk down a short corridor to get to the dinning area, the person showed us around the place which was helpful, so we then made our way to gather our food and when we got to the buffet there were flies... More 

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Thank smallestdarealiest
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015 via mobile

My family and I used to go here for dinner at least once a month a few years ago when it was an actual restaurant... now... the food is mediocre.. the atmosphere is really run down.. their fried rice is literally rice and peas... their garlic prawns were revolting.. I won't be going back.

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Thank Angela M
Ruakaka, New Zealand
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Been here twice in the last few weeks. Ordered food from the Menu which was good and heaps of it (we both had doggie bags) and had the buffet meal on the second visit. Fresh, tasty and lots of variety. The service was excellent and the atmosphere and décor good. Don't let the outside of the place put you off,... More 

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Thank Jean C
Whangarei Heads, New Zealand
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Got taken here by friends who had not realized in was now with different owners. Had to walk past the take away selection area down a scruffy hall way to " the restaurant" area. Seating was cheap and decor dowdy. Signs above each table warned you to only take what you can eat or you will be charged for your... More 

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Thank Alison0305
Prague, Czech Republic
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2015 via mobile

We just called in to have dinner. Never been here before. Food good, price cheap. Alleareaeatcbububuffetdinnerdinner

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Thank thatoldbloke
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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53 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

We are from Auckland and we drove pass this place many times previously but we never actually tried it. We managed to have a meal here last week and we thought it was surprisingly good. It was a Friday night. Adults cost $18 each and $1 for each age of children. There were plenty of food to choose from -... More 

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Thank giggler12345
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

In Whangarei on business and wanted something to eat easy walking distance from accommodation. Made the mistake of not reading any reviews nor closely inspecting the food on offer. The 'self service' buffet had food that was warm (just) and looked as if it had been around a day or two. Nothing appeared evenly remotely freshly cooked. If despite appearances... More 

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Thank kiwioenophile
Whangarei
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56 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This Restaurant has be just fantastic for the last 15 years, but has changed hands and we could not eat the food, it was terrible compared to what it used to be. Will Never go there again

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We have been to this Reastaurant many times with different work functions and enjoyed They have cut it down now to half the size. we went for lunch and at first it seemed ok then as the partons started to arrive I stopped my meal due to several used their hands instead of utensils to get their food the plates... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 212-214 Bank St, Whangarei, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Northland Region  >  Whangarei
  • Phone Number: (09) 438 7921

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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