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Sampan House

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168 Gloucester Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 9:30 pm
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were staying at the hotel next door and had seen this was busy from 6pm. Wish we had stuck to one of the boutique and lovely restaurants nearby. The only edible plate we ordered was the deep fried spring rolls. The vege satay used frozen and soggy vegetables with a substandard packet satay sauce and terrible steamed rice. The... More 

Thank Amanda P
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29 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten here a number of times as it is close to a couple of the local Hotels and I will keep coming back. The service is quick, friendly and always attentive. Food overall is pretty good although I have mainly worked my way through the kiwi basics, chicken teriyaki, tempura, sushi etc…nothing too out there. Ordering is a... More 

Thank NZer_on_tour
Hilton Head, South Carolina
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226 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2017

That was the words my British traveling companions said. The food was very average, but it had all the ingredients to be better. If you want easy in downtown, then go for it

Thank bsum73
Perth, Australia
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206 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed February 14, 2017

During our visit dropped in here for a quick Chinese meal one night but were a bit disappointed. The best that could be said about the food was that it was only average. However when walking past during the day it seemed very popular with the Asians for lunch.

Thank tricky111
Bolton, England
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103 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

This restaurant appears unpretentious from outside. We had been told it was good so decided to try it. We had the Set Meal, starters and soup came very quickly and were piping hot. Mains came as ready but fairly close together. Plate and fork provided and rice bowl with chopsticks brought willingly on request. We had the tea with the... More 

Thank Spendingitnow
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed January 23, 2017 via mobile

I had the chicken rice. It's hard to muck up boiled chicken and steamed rice but they did. First of all I asked what tea they had. She said one type but didn't know that it was. Then this large plate of rice, chicken bits with wet crushed peanuts arrived. The rice was soggy and looked like it had been... More 

Thank MarmiteNZ
Queenstown, New Zealand
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110 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed January 19, 2017

Basic but good Chinese Food. Difficult to communicate with the staff.We settled for a 4 person banquet.

Thank Faye B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2016

I love this place. I pop in all the time and it's always 3/4 full and I think this is a good sign. The service is fast and I pretty much order the mapo tofu or the peking duck every time so I can't really comment on much else. When I go I'm always with friends and/or family and they... More 

Thank anjietc
Helmond, The Netherlands
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 22, 2016 via mobile

If you don't want to pay to much for your dinner you should go there. Don't expect a fancy trending restaurant but the food was great and the staff was very nice and polite. The price of the wine is like it should be. They serve the food quickly so if you are looking for a romantic evening don,t go... More 

Thank Harm_D_052015
Brandon, Florida
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70 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed October 21, 2016

This was the only restaurant without a long wait within walking distance of hotel. They give huge portions, low price good flavor (daughter said it could be spicer-had to ask for hot sauce). The wait staff was attentive.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Large groups
Open Hours
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 168 Gloucester Street, Christchurch 8011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: 372-3388

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?