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Big Thumb

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9 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
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Whitianga, New Zealand
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On entering Big Thumb the decor was very bland- beige walls with nothing on them. Having been given the menu it was dirty and dogeared almost as if the rats had been chewing at it. I think the management needs to seriously look at this first impression. The food however was excellent in all the four courses we selected.

Thank Grandvisitor
Norwich, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I live in a peaceful rural area after leaving London 12 years ago, so my views are probably skewed. We ducked into this place on the evening of November 5, just before the firework display on Wellington Harbour nso it may have been more crowded than usual. It was clearly extremely popular. I should have left straight away but it... More 

Thank Peter D
new zealand
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

Always good food. Great selection and if it's not coming out they will make to order. Chili beef is amazing as is all the steamed selection. Sit near the kitchen door to secure the best, fresh, hot samples. Busy days like mothers day will require a booking.

Thank kiwitravlers
Wellington, New Zealand
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I went here for dinner last week and ordered spring rolls, prawn and chive dumplings, stir-fried vegies and chicken with cashews. The spring rolls, the dumplings and the vegies were excellent. Really tasty and they came out fast. The chicken with cashews took a long time to arrive and when it did it was well... strange. The texture was not... More 

Thank EuryaleGorgon
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

My favourite byo and to be honest the best Chinese I have ever had! So authentic it's scary !!!! The orange beef is out of this world!!!

Thank giancarloc953
Auckland, New Zealand
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34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

Yum Cha, is a great way to have a light lunch My cousin took us there for yum cha, easy to find and car parking metered outside Not so well known but locals enjoy eating there. like in Hong Kong or Canton [Guangzhou] older-parents and those with families go there. dishes are reasonably priced , if you go early,, just... More 

Thank dave w
Wellington, New Zealand
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105 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

After giving up queuing on the waterfront for the noodle market we headed into town and gave Big Thumb a go. It was very busy and the wait staff took long time to get to the table. They seemed to be woefully under staffed for the crowd but that might have just been people like us coming from the market.... More 

Thank NZMidds
Hastings, New Zealand
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

Had never eaten yum cha but am now a convert. Such friendly staff and absolutely delicious food - what a variety!! We will be back.

Thank C3PW
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016 via mobile

Great variety of food. The food is delivered on trays / trolleys and you just select which dish you want. Price is very reasonable.

Thank Robyn T
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016 via mobile

Great food, the duck was very nice , we had several mains on the table, all very tasty, 7/ 10 , byo which made it cheap night out, a hard to beat Chinese for large groups

Thank Gazzeroni

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9 Allen Street, Wellington 6011, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Greater Wellington  >  Wellington
  • Phone Number: 384-4878

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