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The China Kitchen

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17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
+64 3-354 6818
11:30 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 11:30 - 22:00
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Christchurch, New Zealand
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are regular visitors here (at least once/month, usually more) and the food is always great. Chinese food can often be bland but the tastes here are amazing. The dumplings are the best in town, the chilli/garlic prawns are a favourite, and the satay is really tasty too. You'll never go to another Chinese restaurant after you've been here. Friendly... More 

Thank Robyn P
Christchurch, New Zealand
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you understand Cantonese or mandarin and get to know how they abused about you as a customer, you will not want to come back, why pay monies to get abused. Too bad, they didn't realise we understood every word they said. When we confronted them, they were shocked but offered no apologies.

Thank D L
New Zealand
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered takeaways here and had the lemon chicken. It tasted beautiful and fresh. Didn't have that odd aftertaste that some Chinese takeaways have. Will be back. Rice is an extra so does not come with the meal.

Thank twopeasinapod25
Christchurch, New Zealand
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29 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

We are regulars here and love it. Great staff...food is friggin awesome...too awesome as we always order far to much...eat too much and still have to get a doggy bag to take home. Pork & Chive dumpling are my favorite along with the prawn toast. I'm quite partial to the chicken fried rice as well. Simple yet very delicious food.... More 

Thank KimMandy69
Orange, New South Wales, Australia
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We've been here a number of times and the friendly, helpful staff will make your evening a winner. It's nice to find a Chinese restaurant where the different plates all taste different (for a change). Try the won-tons - awesome speciality! Situated in Papanui so it's not too far to go from anywhere. Try it - you won't regret it.

Thank Scott B
Christchurch, New Zealand
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299 reviews
193 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

No cooking for me on Saturday night, instead we got a takeaway and knew it would be good, it always is from China Kitchen. Very generous portions and so tasty. We always order a mix of half a dozen dumplings too , two of each, that way we get to taste a bit of everything. You won’t be left hungry... More 

Thank mooseandbok2006
Christchurch, New Zealand
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

We as a group go to the China kitchen on average every fortnight. The staff are very attentive and friendly. We always start with their dumplings as an entree, they have to be the best in Christchurch. The is a good selection of dishes which will saviour all tastes. The atmosphere is pleasant and the is always well attended by... More 

Thank CEW1146
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I have an issue with most Asian restaurants, they use cheap ingredients and buckets of MSG. My body doesn't agree with MSG and thus i am always sceptical of these places. But I am delighted that these guys have chosen to remove it. Tonight I ate there with my partner and we have found THE BEST dumplings in town and... More 

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Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this review

We're so glad you enjoyed our food and the fact that we don't use MSG! Hope to see you and your partner again soon. More 

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11 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

Not a great experience. We had to sit right beside a young couple on a date the tables were nearly touching! The food was below average it was very bland I tried 3 different dishes and we're all tasteless. Better ones in chch.

Thank Mark G
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

Awesome service, great dishes and very high quality. this was an amazing meal and is every time we order it. yummy

Thank Ema H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  South Island  >  Canterbury Region  >  Christchurch
  • Phone Number: +64 3-354 6818
Family-owned restaurant featuring fresh Chinese cuisine. Dine in or takeaway. BYO (wine only) and fully licensed.

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