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“Dumplings to die for” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The China Kitchen

The China Kitchen
Ranked #221 of 952 Restaurants in Christchurch
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Cheap Eats, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Family-owned restaurant featuring fresh Chinese cuisine. Dine in or takeaway. BYO (wine only) and fully licensed.
Central Otago
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Dumplings to die for”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2013

Love this place. The food is always so good. And their speicality dumplings are fantastic. All the food on the extensive menu is always been fresh and delicious. Good for takeaways as well as dining in, but you need to book. A favourite of mine and always come here when Im in Christchurch.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Macfi071
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English first
Level Contributor
44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

Great food, the dumplings were the best I have had in a very long time. Service was very efficient, lots of staff out the front and in the kitchen which you can see into it.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank Jhutch19
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Wollongong
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130 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“Great meal, helpful service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2013

The China Kitchen relocated to 17B Main North Road, Papanui, Christchurch, after the eathquake of February 2011 eliminated the use of the Hereford Street premises. The dumplings are a great signature dish and are normally served as an entree. We also enjoyed the Sichuan chicken and the chilli sliced pork as our mains. These were both first class. The service was friendly and helpful. You'll need to have a reservation to be sure of a table at dinner time.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank John M
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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98 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Good value”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2013

Shame about the previous reviewer. This is the first time we have been to the China Kitchen, and I must say we were very impressed with the meals and the service which was polite, efficient and friendly. Four of us all had different meals and there was plenty of it, in fact too much for one really (of course we could have shared!). $18 for a large plate of chicken/fish/fillet steak. Very nice and will definitely go back there. j

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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2 Thank rayjenk
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Surfers Paradise, Australia
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Poor food, service is poor, forget it.”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

Disappointment with my experience here.

I ordered duck stir fry and their dumplings.
Duck stir fry was too salty, didn't have decent duck pieces. Just lots of duck fat and skin. I had to sort it out from the rest. Which wasn't hard as a lot of it was just skin, fat and off cuts. $20-$29 for a plate of this disaster.

Dumplings were undercooked, and when asked for vinegar, I got soy sauce. I asked again for vinegar, and by that time, my dumplings were cold. I had to explain I ordered 6 chicken dumplings and 6 pork dumplings. They didn't come at the same time, and I waited 15 minutes for the next 6 dumplings.

Family owned restaurant are usually my favourites, because they care, they listen and usually look after their customers. I saw the female owner yell and argue with a customer telling him that he needed to be patient and they were very busy. Well, I'm sorry, I guess I won't come to your restaurant, so you WON'T be busy and you won't have money flowing to your cash registers.

Idiot!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank max_critic
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