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© Rob Greig

A long-standing feature of Chinatown, this unassuming café changed hands in 2012, losing it a few of its more ardent fans. The dishes we sampled a few months later suggested why.

The best came first: a great-value ‘starter’ portion of wonton soup, which translated to a large bowl of broth containing five juicy pork dumplings (costing a mere £3.50). We also enjoyed a plate of barbecued duck, warmed and removed from the bone, but were disappointed by the accompanying sauce, which was swimming in oil. A plate of salt and chilli squid delivered on texture, but the dish was marred by an excess of sodium.

Our advice? Stick to the one-bowl, rice-with-meat dishes, which are served the traditional way (with the rice warm and the roast meat cold), and at £5.50 remain an eminently wallet-friendly meal.

Service was pleasant, and the space unusually calm by Chinatown standards, helped by the easy-listening Cantonese soundtrack playing in the background. The setting is simple: just a single room, decked out in neutral tones and wood-veneer furniture.


Venue name: Canton
Address: 11 Newport Place
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11.30pm daily
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
Price: Main courses £5.50-£10. Set meal £14.50-£23.50

Average User Rating

2.6 / 5

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Steve R

Only really order a meat-with-rice dish at this place - their speciality. It's not a place for a long, drawn out meal with a load of dishes. Crispy pork and rice with tea is delicious and comes in at £6.50. Service is dire - I haven't seen a smile from the waiting staff in the last three years - but then this isn't La Gavroche.

Enzo Morrati

I had been going to the Canton for a least 30 years. Has change ownership from January 2012. They fired all the chefs (what a big mistake). The food is not the same, and all those familiar faces are long gone. R.I.P Ps: New owner change the name the Canton is dead.


Never got round to try their food, because after 25 minutes of waiting, and 2 lots of table for 2 got table before I did when I (table for 1) got there before them, they told me they don't serve table for 1 that evening, appealing service!


Good place for a quick in-and-out sub-£10 meal, but the food has gone downhill since the new ownership changes. Bring back the proper decent pork and rice!