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Restaurants, Chinese Chinatown
3 out of 5 stars
(7user reviews)
Canton, Newport Street, Chinatown

Time Out says

A faithfully un-modernised old friend serving satisfying one-dish meals based on rice or noodles.

This plainly furnished Chinatown veteran seems be getting even more ragged around the edges. But don’t be misled by looks: Canton has become reliable once again for one-bowl dishes of rice-with-meat or noodles-with-meat. Rice comes in generous portions and is proudly served the traditional way (warm, with cold roast meat). Prices range from £5.80 to £7.30, making for an eminently wallet-friendly meal. But don’t overlook the list of hand-pulled and hand-sliced noodles, available with a range of toppings for £6.80-£8. Service is friendly and accommodating by Chinatown standards – we watched in admiration as staff tried to find something suitable for two elderly and rather demanding vegetarians.



Address: 11 Newport Place
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3 / 5

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A convenient place to come grab food if you're in Chinatown and don't want to wait for a table. My friend and I were seated right away and although the restaurant doesn't look very large, the turnover is quite fast, as the service is quick. 

Between the two of us, we shared:

1. Xiao Long Bao - These Chinese meat and soup dumplings are so fun to eat, as you can either bite the top of it and suck the soup out or use your chopsticks to poke a hole in the side and drink it from your spoon. However, the dumplings here were too dry to do this and the dumpling skin was disappointing, as it was too thick! I ended up just eating the meat filling since that was tasty.

2. 1/4 Crispy Duck Pancakes - A typical Chinese dish and one of my favourites! I liked the version here, as the duck skin was super crispy, the meat was tasty, and it wasn't dry. It came with enough pancakes, cucumber, spring onions, and hoisin sauce. 

3. Beef Hor Fun - This version consisted of the sliced beef, onions, and peppers stir fried in a thick black bean sauce, which was delicious! It wasn't too salty, it was clearly stir fried to order, and had that wonderful wok smell! I liked how the noodles weren't actually stir fried with the beef but cooked separately. The beef sauce was simply poured over the noodles and left to us to mix together. 

Along with our meal, we had some typical Chinese Jasmine tea, which I liked as it was light, nicely brewed, and hot when served. It went well with the food and helped cut the oiliness from the food. 

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.

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!

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