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“Great choice, great food”
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San Kai
Cuisines: Chinese
Dining options: Dinner
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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107 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Great choice, great food”
Reviewed 14 December 2012 via mobile

10 of us visited to celebrate a birthday. Service was warm and friendly. We ordered from the Chinese, Thai and Japanese menu. Tempura is fabulous . We had a mix of dishes, all delicious. Honey and lemon chicken was best I'd had. Reasonable. A winner and well worth a visit ( do take away too).

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Thank gillmunro
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8 reviews from our community

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English first
Cardiff
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Lovely food - large portions”
Reviewed 2 October 2012

The waiting staff and the owner are very attentive. I like the fact you get free prawn crackers and a chilli dipping sauce while perusing the menu. It offers Chinese, Thai and Japanese food and the owner is always ready to offer suggestions if you are unsure of something. My favourite is the tofu red Thai curry- an enormous portion that is so delicious I can't resist forcing it all down! All very resonably priced - you won't be disappointed here.

Visited May 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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166 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
“A Mixed Bag”
Reviewed 12 July 2012

We were pleased to be recommended an oriental restaurant in Penarth. The restaurant is very understated, the staff are friendly and attentive and some of the food was delicious, but sadly some of it was very mediocre. The house wine was a good value French dry white.
The menu comprises of Chinese, Thai and Japenese food. On the first occasion we thought we would try the Chinese menu. The crispy duck and pancakes was good, but one of our main courses, fish in black pepper sauce was horrible and we left most of it. The sweet and sour was delicious.
The next time we went we tried the Thai menu. They lost the plot with the satay, there was an anaemic peanut sauce spead over very tough chicken on skewers, it did not look appertising and was the worst satay i have ever tasted, however the beef salad was fairly authentic. Again for the main course, the thai green curry was very tasty but the pad thai was the worst i have eaten - it was watery and lacking in flavour- i don't think they know how to cook it. I'm not sure what they put in the food, but that night my husband and i could not sleep as our hearts were racing.
We will not be going back to sample the Japenese food.
I think restaurants that try and specialise in too many diffent types of food are spreading themselves too thinly and thus not doing anything very well. Stick to just Chinese or Thai and one type of food well - but don't jumble it all up together.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank CatHolt
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South Wales
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Absolute gem”
Reviewed 22 May 2012

The San Kai offers Chinese, Thai and Japanese menus and the menus are prepared by Chinese, Thai and Japanese chefs. We have eaten in the restaurant once, and had two takeaways. The restaurant is fairly basic with no frills, but the food - WOW! Each time we have been served fresh, delicious, authentic food and have been served by friendly, efficient, enthusiastic staff. It is obviously very popular and the atmosphere in the restaurant is buzzy, lively and fun. I would strongly recommend that if you are looking for good, reasonably priced food in a no fuss, casual restaurant, or would like to try something a little bit different from your normal Friday night takeaway, you try this place. You wont be disappointed.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Wendy C
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