Been here 3-4 times as a result of my first visit being initiated by a relation's suggestion to meet here. I'm not usually a fan of Chinese cuisine so initially I was a little reluctant. The China Kitchen converted me (& hubby) as meals are delicious (particularly those famous Dumplings & the BBQ Teriyaki Chicken. They are not fatty like some Chinese meals can be. Service is attentive and while the environment is good, I'm personally not keen on those portable gas heaters. Great place for a relaxing casual enjoyable meal.
Went in in for a late lunch. The lady was very nice and got me water strait away. I asked if I could have half a doz of there famous dumplings,three chicken and three pork. Also got sichuan chicken on rice. The food was lovely and very well presented. Will be back for more as soon as I can.
We went to The China Kitchen to celebrate my birthday tonight. What a fantastic experience! We were promptly seated and after a few minutes we were ready to order. Literally 5 minutes later the dumplings arrived and they were exactly as they advertised: The Best Dumplings in Town! Our mains arrived about 15 minutes later, and every single dish was delicious! Staff were very attentive and dishes were cleared promptly which is always greatly appreciated with the amount of food on the table. The dessert menu is small, but just as delicious as the mains and entree.
In short, we thoroughly recommend going there and will DEFINITELY be returning again.
We ate at The China Kitchen for the first time last night after being recommended it by a friend. The food is first class - fantastic dumplings and crunchy prawns. The Chicken Satay sticks were to die for, and the Chicken Cashew Nuts dish was absolutely delicious. Was also very good on the wallet. Can't wait to go back!
I've eaten in this restaurant with my husband numerous times, we live nearby and it's one of our favourite places to be. Stella and her team are just wonderful, very attentive, happy and eager to please their customers. The service is fast and friendly. The dumplings really are the best in town, beautifully cooked, crunchy, tasty and ample. We usually start our meal off with these, (the Chicken and Spinach dumplings are my fav) My husband loves the Sweet Corn Cheese Rolls, they're a must before he even looks at anything else on the menu! A stand out main dish for me is their Duck stir fry. Wonderfully tender with plenty of duck and veges in the dish, and great value for money at $20. It's a busy place (but not loud, you can carry on a conversation no problem) so booking a table on popular nights (Thurs, Fri and Sat) is advisable. But if you do happen to walk in off the street they're very accommodating and will try to squeeze you in wherever they can. If you have to wait for a table, book a time and then head to one of the many bars in close walking distance for a quiet drink. BYO is a bonus but they also have some nice wines on the menu. It's nice to see a business that genuinely cares about their customers experience. The team recognise us and we always get a friendly welcome and a wave when we leave. Check it out!!
Took a group of people here for my Sons birthday dinner, first time visit. In my opinion finding a good Chinese restaurant in CHCH is very difficult, have tried many and often disappointed, but this place is fantastic! Is it authentic Chinese, I don't know, but it is beautiful food, tasty and well presented. Nothing felt like it was dripping in fat that often Chinese food does, it really was great food. We had the set menu A, $30 per head, and for that we got a huge mixed entree, soup, 4 different mains, and dessert. The dumplings were sensational, and the sweet n sour pork was great - overall the food was brilliant and good sized dishes. Definitely recommend this restaurant, and bookings are essential as the place was packed on the Friday night we went. Always a good sign!
Went on a tuesday night after many excellent take-aways. Excellent value for money. I had the Teriyaki Salmon on rice, and I will never cease to be amazed at the large amount of salmon you get. I have paid three times what I did at the China Kitchen for half the amount of Salmon at other, lesser restaurants. The entre was large, if anything, too large for one person. I had the mixed one and for value for money, taste and variety, I would recommend it. The environment is reflective of any busy restaurant- a bit cramped and noisy. The staff are all happy though and easy to deal with regarding split bills etc.
Cant fault this place. Best value and best tasting chinese food in Christchurch .Tonight my wife and I had Pork and chive dumplings for an entree..superb, honeyed bbq pork, stir fried vegetables, combination fried rice and lemon chicken for mains..what a feast, what flavour!
Restaurant was full on the friday night we visited, service was brisk and friendly. I would advise booking a table should you wish to try the place...go, you wont be dissapointed.
Dined at The China Kitchen last night with friends. Tried the dumplings very tasty, and all four mains were well presented and tasted great. Staff were friendly and service was fast but not hurried. It is BYO and also has a small selection of wine and beers as well as mocktails available. All this and very reasonably priced. Will definately be going back.
Having read many good things about the food at the China Kitchen and not feeling like cooking on Sunday night, popped down to China Kitchen to pick up takeaways (far too much great sport on the TV to dine out!).
The food was probaly some of the best Chinese I've had. We didn't pick particualrly exciting dishes as such, just those we knew would re-heat later - cripsy skin chicken, tofu and vegetables and garlic/chilli prawns (yummy, sticky sweet/spicey). The food was beautiful and will be back to dine in and try the dumplings.
Well done China Kitchen!
Dined here on Friday June 29th and although the food was pretty good and well priced, they really need to work on a few things.
We arrived at 7pm and our group was completely crammed in (12 people to a 6 person table) and so were many of the other tables in the restaurant. A little bit of over booking I can understand but this was over the top. Because we were so crammed in, I could only fit in a space at the table that blocked the passage way for another table so every time a guest at that table, or the wait staff needed to get past, I had to get up and let them through.
From the time we arrived, we waited 1.5 hours to get entres. Then another 30 - 45 mins to get our mains. It was after 9pm when mains arrived and people at our table were starving. We told them on a number of occasions that we weren't happy but it didn't get the food out any faster and very little in the way of apologies or genuine concern. I should have asked for a discount but we were so tired by this stage and just wanted to get out without any more hassles.
My advice is don't go here on a weekend evening. Stick to takeaways or during the week.
China kitchen is a favorite of me and my partners. We have been many time and it has always been exceptional food. On friday night after learning would have to wait an hour and half for a table at a nearby Mexican restaurant we thought we would go to old faithful china kitchen. The pork and chive dumplings were delicious as usual as were the crispy prawns. Usual good choice is either beefs black bean or Sichuan chicken but we chose Garlic and chili prawns which were deliciously sticky, spicy and juicy! Food is always out fast and hot, friendly service and great atmosphere.
We had some takeaway from the china kitchen on the chilly Saturday night. The pan- fried dumplings (pork and chives)were a little let down after reading all the reviews. It had become soggy and lost its juiciness by the time we reached home. Maybe I should dine in again to get the fresh out of pan dumplings. We had a YangZhou fried rice which was really good! And the portion were huge!! It's full of the wok aroma and not oily at all. Worthy of mention is that there's no MSG in their food. Would definitely try out their other dishes.
Decided, after reading so many good reviews, to get some takeaways from here and we were not disappointed.
We went with the pork dumplings (of course), the sesame prawns and some fried rice. OMG - huge amounts of food - enough for the next days as well.
The dumplings were divine, the sesame prawns also, and the fried rice was very good. I can see why people rave about this place.
We will be back next time we're in Christchurch.
Another recent arrival to Papanui and a fantastic find within walking distance of our home ! 4 of us decided to dine at China Kitchen Friday night. On arrival we were promptly seated at our reserved table ( and it pays to book ). Menus were presented and what a vast selection of treats to choose from. We decided to try their dumplings for an entree at $10 for a dozen ( mixed ), we were not dissapointed...plump and tasty , they were gone in seconds. Main dishes , for myself I couldnt go past the lemon chicken ( $17 ), wifey had the hot and spicy beef soup ( $17) , mate had the honey beef and chicken ($18) and his beloved chose the mixed seafood and tofu in pot ( $20 ). We also ordered a combination fried rice to accompany the mains...1 large dish for 4. After waiting maybe 15 minutes the food arrived and we were astounded at the portion sizes...huge ! We tucked in..my lemon chicken was outstanding , massive amounts of succulent crumbed sliced chicken in a beautiful sweet lemon sauce , my wifes beef soup was pronounced delicious and spicy with a touch of star aineese , the mixed seafood and tofu was "delectable " and my mates honey beef/chicken was the best I have tasted , huge amounts coated in honey and soy.
Being a Friday night the place was packed out , several large groups and many couples. The atomosphere at China Kitchen was lively , staff to customer ratio high ( happy and bubbly makes a nice change! ) , all in all a fantastic night out. BYO and licenced ( corkage $5 a bottle ) wine by the glass between $ 6 and $10 ( beers similiar price ).
We shall be returning on a regular basis.
We went here for an early dinner on a Sunday with our two young children. We have previously visited this restaurant when located in the city and were keen to experience their new premises.
Great food, nicely presented, friendly staff and good prices.
We highly recommend this restaurant and I might say we do eat out often and are quite discerning customers :)
Many thanks, we will be back soon !!
We decided to eat here at short notice on a Wednesday night (23 February), but they still managed to fit us in. Upon arrival we realised how important it is to book a table, as people were being turned away as the restaurant was so full and very busy.
One of our group had specific dietary issues being a coeliac (gluten free menu), yet the staff were wonderfully patient in explaining what was in each dish, and how they could change ingredients for it to be gluten free, right down to gluten free soy sauce and using potato flour as a substitute.
All of our meals were exceptional. The Dumplings are truly the best I have sampled (pork and chive are the absolute best). The lemon chicken was lovely, yet too much chicken for one person. My 14 year old loved the fried rice, spring rolls and dumplings.
We will definitely be returning to The China Kitchen, especially as it is now in our part of town.
We have been meaning to come here for ages, well since they were in the lane off Hereford st. Now in Papanui Road, we finally got there to try their famous dumplings. And we weren't disappointed, the dumplings were awesome! They were quite big and unfortunately we ordered a dozen without knowing....oh well, we got to try the chicken and spinach ones along with the pork and chive ones. I liked the pork and chive ones better, I found the chicken ones to be a little more stodgy.
We had the Ma Po Tofu and the sesame crumbed prawns which were very delicious too...we just didn't have enough room for them after all those dumplings. We took a doggy bag home and enjoyed them the following day.
Looking forward to going back with a group of friends and trying lots of different things.
Dined her for the first time and was very impressed. The service was excellent - friendly and attentive.
The food was beautiful - we started with a selection of dumplings, prawns, spring rolls and wantons - all very nice - particularly the prawns and dumplings.
The mains were generous in size and very nice - Thai chilli beef, garlic and chilli prawns, cumin lamb and a pork dish.
It was all of a high standard, and had no complaints about the food or service. Would definitely recommend.
Spurred on by recent reviews and with Bing's Big Sister (BBS) offering to pay, Mrs Bing, Bingette, BBS and I made our way to the China Kitchen. A warm welcome in to a sparse but functional dining space which was full apart from reserved tables (ours included). The menu was attractively filled with pictures of the dishes and had a wide range of choices. We had to try the dumplings and half a dozen each of the chicken and the pork were delightfully devoured - yum. Prawns in a sesame seed crumb, a combination fried noodle and kung po chicken followed soon after. All dishes looked beautiful and the tastes matched the look. We were too full for dessert although the options looked inviting. It is very handy to where we live and I suspect before long we will be back to dine in or take away.
Was so happy to see the China Kitchen reopen and to know that all the staff had come through the quakes unhurt, the new restaurant is bright light and airy though I must admit I preferred the atmosphere of the old restaurant but life especially in Christchurch moves on, we started with a dozen dumplings of course, dumplings were delish as usual and brought back happy memories of bygone dinners, I thought the dumpling pastry just a trifle thicker than I remembered but the taste was a good as ever, we followed up the dumplings with cumin lamb, fragrant and tender, teriyaki chicken and pork with a side order of squid, hot, excellent flavour, great to have China Kitchen back, look forward to making new memories
I've been to China Kitchen twice recently and I love it!
They have set up in a nice new restaurant in Papanui. It looks clean and quite fancy. The waiters are friendly and the host, Stella, is FANTASTIC. So funny! The last time we went we had dumplings and a soup to start which where both delicious. For the mains we had a garlic & chili prawn dish and a stewed pork dish. They were big portions and full of flavour. We had a couple of glasses of wine which were very nice and good value I thought.
We didn't have any dessert but the people next to us did and we both said we'd have one next time because they looked really nice.
Overall, a very good experience and I look forward to going back soon.
"The Best Dumplings in Town" is what the sandwich board on Hereford Street said - and they meant it! Sadly we couldn't find our favourite China Kitchen following the February earthquake. This month - like magic - they have reopened on Main North Road, Papanui (right beside the Khmer Noodle House). It's a family-run business where you're treated like old friends, and the food is absolutely amazing - always fresh and full of flavour. In their first two weeks of re-opening we have been back 3 times (always starting with a dozen dumplings). If you've been before, you'll be thrilled they're back. And if you haven't, visit their new Papanui location and you'll be hooked.
My first visit to The China Kitchen and probably not my last. I had the 21 Steamed Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onions on Rice. Very yummy, but you get the bones with your large piece of sliced through chicken and this meant I had to eat my rice very carefully to avoid the little bones. The place was full of people from all nationalities, a very good sign!
Despite having been out for lunch we decided to drop in for a dozen dumpling before heading off to Sweeny Todd, the restaurant is scrupulously clean, we were given menus and shown a table, wine glasses quickly arrived for our byo bottle, so it was one dozen dumplings, 1 kang bo chicken and one beef with pepper sauce , delish is all I can say about the dumplings they were succulent on the inside and crisp on the outside the ground chilli just enhanced the flavour, chicken and beef dishes on rice were tasty piping hot and very fresh the beef with pepper was one of those dishes that you just kept picking and picking at even after saying you have finished chicken was juicy with a nice heat, certainly intend returning in the near future total cost of the meal $34.00 unbelievable value
I went to China Kitchen as my work colleauges suggested their soups and when I went to China kitchen and ordered, I actually ended up changing my mind and picking a curry. The curry was exceptionally yummy! so greatly cooked and flavoured! I ended up going back for dinner and getting the curry again and the dumplings.
The dumplings are so delicous as well as the curry! I hope they never close. Now, I go China kitchen all the time.
China Kitchen is awesome - we LOVE the dumplings!! For value for money, you can't beat this place. The food is really tasty and doesn't take long. The flavours are great and the menu has a good selection. We go there regularly and it's always fabulous.
I heart china kitchen. It is one of my favourite cheap and cherry places to dine. Most of the dishes are around $10. Please start with the dumplings they are crispy, tasty, and delicious. I heartily recommend the chicken curry, the sweet and sour chicken, the honey fried prawns are pretty good too. Please note the dishes marked hot are!! On my first visit there I went to say thanks to the woman who wons it, because while I can be critical of food outlets I always give positive feedback when it is deserved. Anyhoo she said to me something along the lines of "if you like my food tonight you will always like me food because I use the best ingredients I can all the time" She was bang on the money. They have just done a bit of a paint job which I think the place benefits from. The food is tasty fresh and delicious, the service punctual and the place is filled with asian people which is always a sign of a place doing well. I have introuduced so many people to the china kitchen and everyone of them has been pleased I have. A little hard to find its on Hereford Street in a little laneway that goes through to Cathedral Square. Oh and its byo too.
CK is run by the very lovely Stella and her husband - more a cafe than a restaurant proper, so bear in mind that if it's high-dining you're after rather than delicious well-prepared unpretentious & authentic asian scran with a Cantonese (Hong Kong style) lilt look elsewhere.
CK is clean & well-presented - an open kitchen lets the diner see all the action as it happens on the burners.
Specialities of the house are jiaozi or traditional dumplings (pork & veg) which I can attest are not only amongst the best to be had locally - certainly the best in Christchurch - but having travelled extensively I'd say these are some of the best dumplings for my money that I've ever had anywhere - great value for 6 or 12 pieces ($4.50/$9)
The appetizers are fairly standard - spring rolls, aforementioned dumplings, butterfly prawns, hot & sour soup is a winner - all at exceptionally reasonable prices...
The mains are a slightly schizophrenic take on fusion however the core dishes are as authentic as you could wish for - charsiu on rice, 'teriyaki' chicken on rice (for that read Chinese soyed chicken or as close as), some wonderful veggie dishes too, squid with black bean sauce on rice - a plethora of noodles to choose from - plain or with spicy chicken & veg... there are a few Japanese references on the menu, but that doesn't detract (or distract from the clear overall quality of the food presented) at all.
All in all I can only commend Stella & CK on her great format family-run cafe - the place is usually packed throughout the week at lunchtimes although we sometimes head there towards the end of the day (open 6 days 11am-8pm - closed Sunday) with our 3 boisterous boys who love the place... and its owner! :)
My other half has raved about this place - he goes to Christchurch a fair bit for work, and someone had told him about this place, and it is quite tricky to find (even though he's been there numerous times before, we still had to make sure we'd gone down the right alley!). His favourite is the fried dumplings and now they are mine - a dozen for $9 is awesome value, and they are so tasty. We also ordered one main between us, and that was more than enough food. The place is nothing flash to look at, but the food is amazing! Definitely a place to go!
With the usual unbounded exuberance and a spring in my step I was making my way along Hereford St in the central city with what I believed to be the unalterable intention of dining at a certain restaurant in the area, as yet unreviewed by the writer. My eye was caught by the wording on the China Kitchen sandwich board which read, " Fresh, authentic Chinese Cuisine. The Best Dumplings in Town!"
Well, no self-respecting Sinophile, let alone me, could possibly contemplate pretending to be unmoved by such an exciting proclamation so, with not an ounce of trepidation, I braved the alleyway leading to the entrance and on entering said establishment found myself instantaneously in a side street in the bustling Hong Kong suburb of Shuen Wan. Authentic in smell and appearance, this little inner city gem looked and felt wonderful. The tatty, scatty decor and the busy, busy behind the counter, in the kitchen activity, the steam, the sizzling of the woks and the Cantonese chatter all made me think of the times I have been in cafes just like this one in Hong Kong and throughout many parts of China.
I flicked through the picture book menu and read the others on the whiteboard on the wall before choosing a serving of six fried dumplings, Kung Bo Chicken on Rice with a dash of spice and my old faithful fried rice (Chau fan)which here was described as Young Zhou fried rice. The mains were a more than tolerable $9.50 each. I think the staff thought they were catering for the Incredible Hulk's brother as the waitress asked me when I expected the 'other person' to join me. I might eat like a pig and look like a horse so One can't blame her entirely for this......
The dumplings were nice, evenly cooked, hot through and laden with the usual pork, cabbage and chinese mushroom making them a very desirable target for my snapping chopsticks. The fried rice was a blaze of natural colour, clean, not gluggy and not too dry, just right - a truthful, decent rendition of this mainly southern China favourite to be found across that great land from Shenzhen to Zhongdian and pretty much everywhere else. (Not such a staple in the north though).
The Kung Bo was hot & spicy, nice and ricey, not too pricey but did I likee? It was good but not that good!
All of this for under $25 has to be attractive and at 7.30 on a wednesday evening the China Kitchen was doing an enviable trade both in dine-ins and takaways. lu先生愉快地推薦此餐館給您全部
I was tempted to rate it badly to keep people away. Having moved from Auckland earlier this year we were used to having lots of "cheap and cheerful" Asian restuarants to choose from (I'm talking under $10 mains). We finally found one in Christchurch! China Kitchen is real, homestyle Chinese: juicy, home made dumplings, simple steamed chicken with ginger & spring onion, some spicy Szechuan dishes. Nothing flashy, but tasty, cheap and fast. They also serve lovely toasted rice green tea - be sure to have that it's delicious too!
China Kitchen is tucked away down an alley between the back of Christchurch Cathedral and Hereford Street. If the setting was any more unpreposessing, it would be in a tent. The food, however, is spectacular - I'd wager this is the best Chinese food in Christchurch, and the large number of Chinese students who frequent the place are a testimony to that. It's also alarmingly good value for money. A dozen of the best fried dumplings in Christchurch - plump, pork-filled, gingery and delicious - for $9. I work nearby, and there is always the temptation to pick up a takeaway on the way home at night.
Well worth a visit. If you can get over the mismatched furniture and the 1970s vintage unbreakable glass mugs by the water cooler, the food is exceptional, the service is efficient and friendly, and I doubt if you'd find better value in the city.