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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.

By: Richard Ehrlich


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
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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!