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Chinatown Chinese Restaurant

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150 Cuba Street | Palmerston North, Palmerston North 5301, New Zealand
+64 6-356 8368
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14 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The dining room at Chinatown is simple but the food is amazing. I arrived earlier than my dining companion and started with a pot of green tea and it was well-made and delicious. The cup was excruciatingly hot but never mind. I came for Yum Cha and was told I could order from the Dim Sim menu but the trolley... More 

Thank MTAnderson
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Had Yum Cha n Dinner. good value and good food.. Quality of Yum Cha has improved, I guess it must be the chef moving around. We stopped going there last year for almost 6 momtgs because their standard dropped, but decided to give it a try again this month. Their food has been given a seal of approval from us.... More 

Thank Sharon Y
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Chinatown is only 4 minutes walk from my house and I had never gotten around to going despite walking past for 10 years. Since we were all at home one Friday at lunchtime we decided to venture out to the $15 Buffet lunch. We had a great time eating. Pretty standard Chinese smorgasbord type food but lots of it and... More 

1 Thank annasophia42
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Four of us went for lunch and we're seated straight away. Then the food started coming and it was so yummy. I would highly recommend it. And will be returning as soon as I can,even though it is a 90 min drive.

Thank Dianne M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016 via mobile

We come here all the time as they serve the best Yum Cha around! Have tried others around the country but none come close to Chinatown. Always friendly staff and good selection of dishes, highly recommended!

Thank David O
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Last Sunday Wife & I went there for a "family" dinner . I thought that I was not one for a Chinese buffet ! Boy was I surprised. Nibbled my way through about 10 small plates of various "Chinese" foods. Ended up being "too full" to do desert.

Thank Drallom2002
Levin, New Zealand
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016

I have been coming to Chinatown for years mainly for lunch on a regular basis.Love the place and service and staff very good.No worries if someone is with you who doesn't always eat Chinese food, there are suitable items there for them.Big bowl of prawns for you to make your own cocktail, 2 types of soup.Lovely large selection of Chinese... More 

Thank twigsandfigs
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

went to Chinatown for dinner, my husband and friends had the food from the buffet and I ordered from the menu. My meal was steamed scallops with garlic, which I really enjoyed, and I will have that again next time I go there. The service was good and the staff were very friendly. We all thought the meals were of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

We went here with a group of Chinese students on a Thursday night, who ordered around 14 dishes for us off the menu. The food was absolutely delicious. We had chicken duck beef pork fish and vegetable meals which were all super tasty. The eggplant dish was our favourite in the end. We will being going back here before we... More 

Thank Kylie D
Auckland, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016

Service was very attentive and friendly Food however was terrible Over cooked - prawn dumping - from packet, greasy oily prawn toast - from packet, beef ball very rubbery, fish congee - very little fish taste

Thank tutsandleesh

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Cheap Eats, Groups, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 150 Cuba Street | Palmerston North, Palmerston North 5301, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Manawatu-Wanganui Region  >  Palmerston North
  • Phone Number: +64 6-356 8368

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?