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Best of Canberra – Chinese

By Bec Cuzzillo - 25 August 2015 45

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Chinese food is an old favourite of mine – I grew up going to Chinese restaurants and slurping down chicken and corn soup by the bucket. Needless to say, I’m a little more adventurous these days.

It’s been a little while since we’ve looked at international cuisines and this week I’m on the hunt for Canberra’s best Chinese. Whether you’re into something sizzling or prefer it sweet and sour, maybe you enjoy takeaway or like to dine-in – no matter which way you go, I want to know where you go for a good Chinese feed in Canberra.

To vote, let me know your favourite Chinese restaurant in the comments below. I’ll try the two most popular places and let you know the verdict in next Monday’s Taste Off article.

What’s Your opinion?


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Best of Canberra – Chinese
jsm2090 11:31 pm 25 Aug 15

Bambusa in Manuka- stellar Peking Duck, with the full 3-course experience. Great soups and dumplings too.

JJC81 11:08 pm 25 Aug 15

I’d love to see a Sammy’s Kitchen versus Jimmy’s Place taste off. My vote is for Sammy’s though!

Leelamb 9:46 pm 25 Aug 15

I love sammys kitchen in civic, my favourite is the Deep fried boneless chicken with chilli Szechuan pepper. Yummmmm

Talkative 6:28 pm 25 Aug 15

Oriental Terrace at Erindale has nice Chinese food.

rubaiyat 5:10 pm 25 Aug 15

montana said :

If you want a nice quiet atmosphere with top class food and service, try The Chairman and Yip on Bunda Street.

3 strikes and they were out for me.

It was like digging through a Country Town Salt Mine.

That was a while ago but whilst it is popular I look at who is recommending it and have not changed my mind.

Holden Caulfield 4:56 pm 25 Aug 15

+1 for Wild Duck.

montana 4:52 pm 25 Aug 15

If you want a nice quiet atmosphere with top class food and service, try The Chairman and Yip on Bunda Street.

John Moulis 3:23 pm 25 Aug 15

Jimmy’s at Dickson used to be my favourite but I noticed last time I went that they have a new menu with less than half the dishes they used to have. Ginseng at the Hellenic Club is really good and – although it isn’t strictly Chinese – the Saigon Restaurant at Pearce Shops is also good with cheap prices and good food.

rubaiyat 12:10 pm 25 Aug 15

blandone said :

Bambusa, Manuka

I will second Bambusa. I was blown away by just how good they are.

Finding excellent Chinese in Canberra is not easy (frustrates my wife who is chinese), there have been the occasional shots at it and then fading, usually as the chef departs. As was the case with Mr Wei. When they started their dishes were absolutely exquisite, we ate there repeatedly.

Tang Dynasty in Kingston Foreshores is not bad and is currently running a discount on its Peking Duck.

We did Chinese New Year at Wild Duck Kingston, but were very disappointed in the food. The entertainment they put on was quite good though.

King Fook in Florey used to do an OK and very reasonable Peking Duck but there is no mention of it in their menu now, so maybe someone can let us know if it is still on.

mcs 11:51 am 25 Aug 15

For cheap and cheerful, I always enjoy going to Dickson Dumpling House – but as others have suggested, Jimmy’s is not bad either.

Timmytron 11:09 am 25 Aug 15

If the fine dining style of Chinese restaurants are included, then I think Wild Duck should definitely be considered. However, I don’t think its fair to compare a fine dining style restaurant with one that is not, so best leave that out for your comparison along with all the other new Asian-fusion fancy places.

My southside vote goes to Emporer Court in Yarralumla. They do well priced lunch meals and their duck pancakes are top notch.

My northside vote goes to Jimmy’s in Dickson. I particularly enjoy going there for mud crab.

There are quite a few others which are very decent and I have no hesitations eating at. I think you would do best to sample the top 10 over several weeks and do a more extensive review rather than just the two most suggested in the comments section here. You could even order the exact same dishes at each of the restaurants and compare apples to apples (best fried rice, best sweet and sour pork, etc)

blandone 10:33 am 25 Aug 15

Bambusa, Manuka

Kerryhemsley 10:03 am 25 Aug 15

Jimmy’s at Dickson is not bad for the traditional Chinese restaurant experience.

Dame Canberra 9:08 am 25 Aug 15

Noble Palace at Woden used to be my go to Chinese restaurant, and we’re still looking for a new favourite after it became Eastern Tiger a few months ago.

China Town at Cooleman Court is a good backup, but I’ll be watching this thread with interest!

littlevixen 8:30 am 25 Aug 15

a year ago I would have said Chinese Kitchen in Woden – simple, unpretentious, delicious food. But then they moved into their new premises, prices went up and it got super popular. and there’s something odd and uncomfortable about their tables – my 6 foot 3 other half can’t get his legs under the table!

so we’re, sadly, on the hunt for a new Chinese fav.

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