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“Canton does it in spades!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Canton Cafe

Canton Cafe
477 New North Rd, Kingsland, Auckland, New Zealand
846 7888
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Ranked #249 of 1,286 Restaurants in Auckland
Cuisines: Chinese
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night
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3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
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“Canton does it in spades!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

The test of a good or any dining establishment for that matter is whether or not they achieve what they set out to do.....
Canton is old and shabby and cramped and noisy and word is if you understand the lingo they (the unsmiling wait staff) are being rude about the customers. Shame on the punters complaining about the noise or not being able to have a romantic tete a tete; please just go elsewhere and let someone else take your place.
Try the Green Beens w. Pork mince & Olives, Hot & spicy Squid, Crispy Roast Pork and be done!
Ask for a doggy bag and you will be expected to shovel it in your self (unless they take a shine and will do it for you while shooting the breeze)
We refer to Canton as our 'transport caf' Chinese and by saying that mean no disservice - just they know what they do - and they do it in spades!

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  • English first
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English first
Auckland, New Zealand
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Great Cantonese”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

I was going there for the past 10 years and it is all the same - tasty food, fast service and clean kitchen. I love there all meat dishes as they use premium meet, not cheap one as other places do. Great prawns dishes too. Simple interior with no decorations. Tables are spotless clean as they replace table plastic covers after every customer. MSG free as well it's a surplus to this place. Must visit.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
“Service terrible but good food ”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

The service here is bad. Thankfully the good is good. We played a game at our table to see if anyone could get a smile
Out of the waiting staff. We attempting to no avail. I would have paid extra for friendly service. The BYO thing is awesome but overall an average experience.

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Auckland
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39 reviews 39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Not as good as reputation suggests”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Canton Cafe make good food, but by no means is it as great as its reputation suggests. The salt & pepper prawns were top notch and served in a large volume. Other dishes ordered including combination fried rice and bbq pork were average, at best.

Service was not bad and food was cooked quickly. The interior is definitely very worn and cramped though.

Would I eat here again - yes. Would I go out of my way to get here - definitely not.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Canberra, Australia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Authentic Cantonese restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

They served us authentic cantonese food with typical chinese ambience resembling a casual dine-in/takeaway ambience.

A must in auckland if you love chinese food.

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