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Golden Island Chinese Restaurant

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243 Thames St, Oamaru 8901, New Zealand
(03) 434 8840
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Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Don't expect too much , won't be disappointed !

Went to lunch and ordered pretty basic stuff which turned out to be pretty much average food we were expecting from a small town chinese eatery !

3 of 5 starsReviewed January 1, 2016
Alokdhir
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Auckland, New Zealand
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Auckland, New Zealand
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Went to lunch and ordered pretty basic stuff which turned out to be pretty much average food we were expecting from a small town chinese eatery !

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Oamaru, New Zealand
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Attended as a social night out for a service club with partners and friends or family members. Had a range of dishes delivered promptly with friendly attentive service

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Thank Bondpet
Brisbane, Australia
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015 via mobile

Visiting town for the night and this place was terrible. Lemon chicken tasted like lemon flavoured washing detergent. Tasted artificial from all the flavouring they add. Spring rolls were from a frozen packet, what the?? Ugh, we genuinely feel nauseas after that "meal".

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Thank TenandJohn
Oamaru, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

very nice value for money meals but its laden with a flavor enhancer called m.s.g. which i believe is totally unneeded. this sodium turns me into a nervous wreck. its bad when im late finishing work then getting a feed that makes 1 so nervous in that i cannot sleep. i first discovered the m.s.g in the food when i... More 

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Thank caffeineaddict65
Oamaru
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

As you'd expect from a NZ Chinese Restaurant. I had no trouble with the language, fluent english greeted me. Food was fine, no faults just simple Chinese as you'd expect. I'd go back next time I'm eating Chinese food.

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1 Thank funho57
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Being Chinese, my family likes to visit Chinese restaurants to get a taste of home away from home and this restaurant was definitely the genuine article. That said, you have to be able to read the Chinese menu in order to get some of the more traditional dishes, but we were very happy with our stir-fried fish and stir-fried vegetables... More 

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1 Thank Nan L
Beijing
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

Great value, good taste food and genuinely generous amount. I ordered one large fried rice and one beef stir fry and I think it is more than two meals for the three of us.

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Thank Peng Z
Dunedin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

Dinner for two. Ordered two dishes and rice. Unusual in my experiance to get the rice after the main dishes were served. Not an expensive place. Generous servings. There are other more interesting places to eat in Oamaru, but you will pay more.

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Geraldine, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

Food was tasy but a little dry. Waiter couldn't understand English. But they did feed us just as they were closing - at 8pm

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Thank Helen R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

The manager Kerry was very helpful with advising and recommending our group on menu choices, Thanks for the wonderful service and Meal. We enjoyed a banquet meal for 9 people. The lemon Chicken was favourite with the females while the men folk loved the oysters. We were very happy with the service and the cost of the food was very... More 

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 243 Thames St, Oamaru 8901, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Otago Region  >  Oamaru
  • Phone Number: (03) 434 8840

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  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

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