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The China Kitchen

17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
+64 3-354 6818
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“dumplings” (40 reviews)
“prawn toast” (2 reviews)
“pork” (6 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8052, New Zealand
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Reviewed 19 August 2017 via mobile

Dumplings... Best in town. Satay... Outstanding (in any of it's forms, there are several satay dishes). Sichuan Chicken... Taste sensation. Chilli and Garlic Prawns... Grand. I could rave some more but I wont, get on in and try some dishes for yourselves.

Thank Leighton R
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We did a take out last week here and it was so good. The honey bbq pork was Devine and the dumplings were wow! Must go for a dine in meal. It is also byo licenced so bring that great bottle of reisling or another...More

Thank Graeme M
Reviewed 21 June 2017 via mobile

This restaurant pushed itself as the best dumplings in Christchurch. The Papanui placed restaurant does excellent dumplings. The rest of the menu is pretty run of the mill Chinese food ...westernized. I only go there for dumplings.

Thank 23fussyfoodie
Reviewed 16 May 2017

The best dumplings in town and a good range of dishes to suit everyone. We have been visiting since they were in an alley off Hereford st and the food has always been excellent.

Thank Dustin P
Reviewed 15 May 2017 via mobile

We went with friends including our kids aged 5 and 7. We got the set menu which we were allowed to vary slightly. Good service. Yummy dumplings and entrees. Very good mains. Average ice cream and fruit salad. All up, good value and we will...More

Thank 410TommyG
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

The best Chinese ive ever had and excellent service, highly recommended if I lived in New Zealand would make it a regular.

Thank Neil G
Reviewed 5 May 2017

Having toured China it is hard to find a restaurant when you come back to Christchurch that is truly authentic to the Chinese cuisine and general atmosphere. The China Kitchen is as close as you will get. Service is slick and very welcoming, I liked...More

Thank bugsey23
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Hi bugsey23, Thanks so much for your amazing review! We're so happy that we were able to transport you back to China with our food. Yes, we do have large a menu, so we hope to see you again soon so you can try something...More

Reviewed 26 April 2017 via mobile

This place was recommended to me by a new colleague so we went there today for lunch. I had pork dumpling & prawn toast both were delicious. Someone else in our group had the vegetarian dumplings they were huge & apparently really good another person...More

Thank Annette B
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Hi Annette B, Thanks so much for your review! We're glad you all enjoyed our food, and especially our dumplings. We hope to see you again next time you are in CHCH. Kind regards, Stella Li Owner

Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

We had lunch at the china kitchen and it was good. The service was excellent and the food prepared quickly and was fresh. A good meal

Thank Praxmeyer
Reviewed 4 April 2017 via mobile

The China Kitchen was busy, about 60 people with others getting takeaways. The food is sooooo good, very reasonable in price, the service is good, however on Saturday it was busy and we waited for 45 minutes for our first course after ordering. This delay...More

Thank David Q
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 31 May 2017

Hi David Q, Thanks for your review. Sorry you had to wait a while for your mains. Our little kitchen is working as hard as it can to get your meals out to you as soon as possible, while not compromising on taste, quality and...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, 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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