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“Excellent dim sum, no frills cafeteria style atmosphere, neglectful service, slow food arrival, super value prices!”
Review of The Canton House

The Canton House
Ranked #838 of 11,062 Restaurants in Bangkok
Cuisines: Chinese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
Neighborhood: Chinatown / Yaowarat
Description: easy to find on a google search....amazing place...very popular
Bangkok, Thailand
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Excellent dim sum, no frills cafeteria style atmosphere, neglectful service, slow food arrival, super value prices!”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

Visited the Canton House on a Tuesday afternoon for dim sum on the last day of Song Kran (Thai New Year Holiday). We got excited about this place as it was mentioned a few times in TripAdvisor's forums when the subject of good Chinatown dim sum came up.

This place is hard to rate because it's almost like having two totally different experiences depending on what is important to you as a foodie. See below for the way we broke it down.

First, the food was very good and so cheap relative to other dim sum prices in Bangkok that I had to look at the menu a few times to believe it. Most items on the dim sum menu are 20 baht (~USD 75 cents) compared to 85-95 baht (~USD $3) at most other decent dim sum places in Bangkok . I was ecstatic, I even took a photo of the first page of the menu with the price highlighted on top (see posted images). For this first part of the experience, I give it 5 stars.

Second, the place is basically a 2-floor no frills cafetera with neglectful service and moderate to long waits for food to arrive (see posted photo of main dining room). When we first arrived, it was busy and we put our name on the list. A party that was larger than ours jumped in front of us and grabbed our table so we had to wait for the next one. The staff seemed indifferent and too busy to be concerned. Once we sat down, the waiter arrived reasonably quickly and took our orders. Our water came but no glasses and we couldn't find the waiter so I ran up to the front and grabbed the glasses myself from the waiter station. The dishes took some time to arrive. The noodles and rice came out in about 10 minutes. But the dim sum took longer at about 25 minutes. They didn't bring any sauces including hot sauce or soy sauce so we had to ask for this as well but it did arrive reasonably quickly this time after we requested it. For thIs part of the experience, I give it 2 stars.

- Get table on ground floor, the upstairs room is even worse and feels like a prison cafeteria with no windows.
- Dim sum items we loved the most were the standard ones. Shrmp har kow, the other kind of shrimp dumpings, pork dumplings, deep fried rose shrimp dumplings, scallop dumpling, fried banana dessert - all fresh and very good.

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank Tom K
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“Best Dim Sum”
Reviewed March 21, 2013

Best Dim Sum in Bangkok. Cheap, tasty, quick and in a GREAT location amidst Chinatown. The ginger juice is a must along with pork dumplings, steamed buns with bbq pork, and of course the duck

  • Visited February 2013
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San Francisco, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Chinese and Thai restaurant in Chinatown Bangkok”
Reviewed December 13, 2012

I dropped by Chinatown and found this restaurant frequently visited by the locals. I ordered the Canton juice which tasted very much like a strawberry ice shake with too much ice. The stir fried dry noodle with seafood had prawn. The spicy seafood soup had good amount of mushroom, prawn and seasoning. The food was made with good ingredient and well cooked. Unfortunately there where small roaches coming out of their cracked table so I had to do some bug squashing along the way. It opens at 11am which makes it very unusual for dim sum, but that is the usual time in Thailand for most restaurant except for food cart and stalls.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank CaptAmerika
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“Great place”
Reviewed September 2, 2012

If you are passing the chinese area of BKK, at Yowarat road, don't miss this place. Its real full of thai and chines people, fod is good and price are lower your immagination. Is funny, it mix old style with modern service. It has a huge menu and most of choice comes in small dimension so you can have different possibility to try new food. Even you eat a lot your bill will be low. Try it.

  • Visited August 2012
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2 Thank Paolo64Milano
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Adelaide, Australia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Cheap and cheerful”
Reviewed August 13, 2012 via mobile

Its always a good sign when a restaurant is continually packed out with a local crowd and The Canton House in Chinatown Bangkok is no exception. You may wait a few minutes for a table as a result but it's a huge space so the turnover is quick and relatively seamless.
The service is friendly and generally efficient despite the number of young wait staff. They are well supported and supervised by an excellent head waiter who always aims to make the meal a great experience. Another plus is the excellent air conditioning which is a welcome relief from the sticky Bangkok streets.
The food is simple and tasty with incredibly cheap dim sum and some stand out large dishes such as the whole deep fried fish with tamarind sauce. I also recommend the scallops in XO sauce and any of the vegetable dishes which are fresh, crisp and tasty. The food arrives in record time and never fails to disappoint.
Highly recommended for a cheap and quick meal, especially if you need some respite from the hot and sweaty dining experience of Bangkok's street vendors in the Chinatown strip. Enjoy!

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