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The China Kitchen

17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
+64 3-354 6818
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average5%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“dumplings” (42 reviews)
“prawn toast” (2 reviews)
“chicken” (6 reviews)
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Chinese, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8053, New Zealand
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Me & my husband dropped in at this restaurant on a Saturday evening without any booking. They were happy to accommodate us. Ordered dumplings (steam & pan fry both) which had a pretty thick flour layer, and needs improvement. The mains including Sichuan chicken, spicy...More

Thank Parul K
Reviewed 1 week ago

We dined at The China Kitchen mid-week during winter. The restaurant was quiet when we arrived but many tables filled over the course of the evening. The four of us shared shared a combination entree of wontons, dumplings, spring rolls, and crumbed shrimp. This was...More

Thank travelmadj9
Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

..... And the food was even better! The food was fresh and do tasty. Service was quick once you got through on the phone. This was the only negative as I tried 5 times before I got through.

Thank Graeme M
Reviewed 11 April 2018

As always, excellent food, very quick service. The best Chinese food in Christchurch! What more can I say?

1  Thank Ann H
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Six of us enjoyed a great meal last night. None of had dined here before and booked on recommendation. Service was excellent and cheerful. We started with some of their wonderful dumplings, prawns and spring rolls.The dumplings won I think. I loved my Manchurian lamb...More

Thank john f
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

Had yet another great takeaway from China Kitchen again tonight. We had 6 dishes and all were delish! That also have Bau's freshly made for $2 you can take home and steam yourself. Yummy!

Thank Graeme M
Reviewed 5 November 2017

This restaurant has become some what of a regular for us. We absolutely love the Chicken and Spinach dumplings and the sweet and sour chicken is also incredible. Food is always of a high standard and never disappoints. Can't wait for my next visit!

Thank jackyjack6163
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

I was told that the dumplings were good but oh my, they are fantastic! Perfect amount of filling and flavor combination !!

Thank Frosty T
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Frosty T, Thanks so much for your review. Glad you loved our dumplings! We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards, Stella Li Owner

Reviewed 3 October 2017

I have had lunch here on a number of occasions. The staff are always friendly, the restaurant clean and the food is delicious.

Thank SueSteveYoung
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi SueSteveYoung, Thanks for your review! We hope to always keep it this way. See you again soon. Kind regards, Stella Li Owner

Reviewed 2 October 2017

When we orded our meal we asked for one big bowl of rice enough for 6 people and we asked for a large bowl of Chicken Corn soup enough for 6 people. After waiting a very long time for our main we had to end...More

Thank Louis K
Stella L, Owner at The China Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded 9 October 2017

Hi Louis K, We're sorry you felt this way about your meal and experience with us. You and your family did order food and drinks to the value of $193.50. From memory, your table ordered 3 dozen dumplings, 1 dozen crispy prawns, 1 dozen spring...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
11:30 AM - 9:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 17B Main North Road | Papanui, Christchurch 8053, 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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