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Chairman & Yip Restaurant
91/100 (1384 ratings)
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Hot Pot
"Highly recommend for a special night out. The atmosphere and welcome and attentiveness of the staff reminds you of the best Chinese restaurants in..."
"There is no better place to be in Canberra if you are a foodie and even if you’re not a foodie than The Chairman and Yip! This place knocks your..."
Arijit Das
"If anyone just wants a summary, here it is: modern Asian food, ambiance and service all superb. Price very reasonable. Conclusion: a magnificently..."
Two Sheds
"Really delicious Chinese cuisine, friendly service, great neighbourhood gem with lovely ambience. The beef and scallop hot pot is a favourite dish,..."
"I have been meaning to try the Chairman and Yip for quite some time and it was definitely an enjoyable night. The service was attentive and..."
"Hit and miss for me but overall a decent night. The quality and taste of food was there but definitely at the pricey end. Service was very attentive..."
"I've always been skeptical about fantasising Asian food until I tried The Chairman and Yip. I mean, who would have thought beef and..."
Absolute Vy
"What an awesome restaurant! From even before we walked in, I knew it was going to be great because they rang me that afternoon to confirm my booking...."
Emily Johnson
"First visit to the Chairman and was super impressed. Food was fantastic. The service was good, but felt a little rushed at times. The only downside..."
UnCovered Oz
"The move from Civic seems to have sparked things up a bit -- the menu is similarly inventive -  slow cooked eggplant on sticky rice, duck pancakes..."
"This venue has moved from Civic to the Realm/Burbury Hotel complex in Barton (where Malamay used to be). The service was prompted and professional on..."
"The Chairman and Yip retaurant has been in Canberra for a longer time than many Canberrans have lived here. Prices are a little higher than the..."
Canberra Vegan
"Consistently exceptional, love the duck pancakes and the stuffed mushrooms. Have been here for intimate datez, and with larger groups. Either way,..."
Tales Of Rose
"Amazing Asian fusion. As soon as we walked in, I loved the ambient of the restaurant. Its very cozy and rustic. We ordered tasting menu and being a..."
"My favourite restaurant in..."
"Never disappoints. Been to the chairman quite a bit. Experience was totally consistent with the last dozen or so times I have been there...."
"Best meal in canberra I've had. Faultless service and food. The maître d was fantastic in offering guidance on choosing meals and even offered us a..."
"Amazing meal, exceptional service. Cannot speak highly enough of our experience last night. we had the Christmas feast menu, and each of the many..."
"Early bird dinner - great value and enjoyable!. First visit and enjoyed every second of it love the vibrancy of the modern twist on traditional..."
"Fantastic food and wine. You can't go wrong and I thought the prices were spot on at 210 for 3 ppl for dinner and an excellent bottle of..."
Amy Goff Becker
"Great food, great service. We went with their early bird menu as we had young kids and it was good..."
Steve Parker
"So so asian cuisine and overpriced. This meal was enjoyable but it really wasn't worth the extra money given Sammys is across the road for much..."
"Ohh so tasty. Love the Asian inspired menu. If it's you're first time I strongly suggest the dinner for two, that way you get a taste of all the best..."
"Goog, always Good!!!!. What a wonderful night! The taste of the food was amazing and staff were excellent!! I would go back time and time..."
"Consistently the very best in Canberra!. Without fail, Chairman & Yip is the very best restaurant in town. Fine food, consistently good, clean and..."
"Wow! This place is a must. Fantastic wines as well as food and service. I will be..."
Food Lover 101
"Friendly and good food. We phoned on the day and they managed to fit us in, they were very friendly and professional and the food was good. It's..."
"An amazing culinary experience. If your in Canberra it is a must dine..."
Jewels Hackett
"Visited Canberra and this restaurant was..."
Acacia Cherry
"Fantastic. easily one of the best restaurant a in..."
"This place is ah-mazing, gorgeous looking and with good service. The a la carte menu is pricy but the trick is to go for the early bird special..."
Annie Belle
"Reliably excellent. Yes, it's expensive. Yes, there are now others offering a similar style of food. But somehow, you just can't beat the..."
"The food is spectacular and the service is great. I would eat here every week if I could afford..."
"Especially good were the duck pancakes and vanilla bean..."
G McFeat
""always delicious" I come to Canberra a couple of times each year and always eat here. Excellent modern Asian at reasonable price for the quality..."
"Enjoy it every time. I've visited the Chairman a number of times over the past couple of years and it has never failed to please. I'm consistently..."
"Chairman and Yip is a must do for anyone serious about eating in Canberra. A very worthwhile restaurant to..."
"Rating: 8/10 – The food type is probably described as Modern Chinese Fusion for Australian’s. The food is quite delicious, food came in on time,..."
Madam Woo
82/100 (811 ratings)
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"Great food. Get the laksa and ayam goreng! Customer service is also..."
John Rodríguez
"The service was great, food was great, price was great, deff would go..."
Nicholas Russell
"Delicious food. Very accommodating. Friendly service. Thanks for taking in 9 people without a..."
Sue Antoniolli
"Ate here with the family last night. Quite nice food, nice decor but service a bit hit and miss. We had the green chicken curry (yum!!), beef kung po..."
Melissa Cooper
"This is a nice little place. The service is quite funny but very welcoming. I came for a quick lunch and tried Tom Yum with pork dumplings. It was..."
"Dinner with the girls. We wanted good food, great service and to avoid the Foreshore scene.Madam Woos didn't disappoint. No pressure to order..."
"Good food, good value and quick service. The only negative is the $20 minimum to use a credit..."
Craig Snyder
"This is my favourite local takeaway place when I finish late on a weekday and just can't be bothered cooking. Their specialty - the coconut & line..."
"At first I thought we'd made an error in trusting good reviews when I saw the milk bar decor, thinking the food would be similarly uninspiring &..."
Fiona Fee
"Love this place, mostly for take away. Try the special (line and chilli chicken) - it will change your..."
Annie Belle
"Smiles All Round. Excellent service with a smile- the owners will bend over backwards to accommodate your every need.I've been here with a..."
My Friend Hannah
"Great Takeaway. I've been staying in Canberra for work in Kingston and I've walked past this place nearly every night that I've been here and not..."
Devil's Advocate
"Great lunch spesh'. Tender as beef rendang with excellent flavour. A real winner in..."
Dene Neilsen
Portia's Place
82/100 (508 ratings)
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Hot Pot
Hong Kong
"Excellent service and yummy food. We had a few types of dumplings and the crispy duck pancakes. The staff were very attentive and quick...."
"Our favourite Chinese restaurant ever.We frequented Portia's Place regularly over the years we lived in Canberra and again now, when we returned..."
"Spare of the minute decision to get takeaway from here and thankful we did. We expected stock standard Chinese takeaway when we ordered chicken chow..."
Sir Tresman Barrington
"Amazing food, amazing service! If you don't know what to order, ask the staff who will recommend dishes that will definitely please. The duck..."
Dayna Scott
"Always time for Portia's!. We love this place! Have been there five or six times in recent months and never disappointed. Most menu items are worth..."
"The staff were really nice. The food was good, best so far that we have had in canberra (and we have eaten a lot of places). The food was slightly..."
"The food & the service is always amazing! I normally order mostly from the Favourites menu & have not had any food that wasn't fantastic. Will miss..."
Yvonne & Steve
"I took my wife & two little girls both under 4 & I would have to say all the staff where great, A must try is the duck pancakes & definitely the..."
Michael Sturgess
"Good Old Favorites. Called in on a Monday night, service was friendly and efficient. We ordered some old favorites of Mongolian beef and chow mein..."
"Best food in Kingston the place is an institution. Good for everyone, kids too. The food is epic, the crispy chicken special will electrify your..."
Andrew Thomson
Red Chilli Sichuan
70/100 (520 ratings)
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Hot Pot
"Pleasantly surprised. The century egg dish was my favourite, the chilli sauce paired excellently with the creamy egg. The beef hot pot was yum also..."
Kate La
Yue Wang
"You know it is the best restaurant in Canberra. The spicy pot is a good choice if you can eat spicy food. Stir fried beef slices with sweet and sour..."
Teng Tu
"I was craving dry mala and this satisfied my craving. I ordered medium spicy level and it wasn’t really that spicy. If you really can take spicy..."
"An excellent Chinese restaurant. Food was extremely flavourful and portion sizes were generous. Only criticism was it took some time for my..."
Nathan Webb
"Nice place! The food were really good and we all enjoyed the seafoods. The services as nice as well. Definitely recommended to go for a..."
Edmund Xia
"try some special food from this shop, they r all amazingly tasty, the roasted duck is one of my favourite, n also they cooked the seafood like..."
"Everything was flavourful , good customer service, quick and efficient. Highly recommend Boiled Choysum with wheat and stir fried green..."
Kevin Sheng
"I eat the dinner special here 3-4 times a month - my go to dish is the ma po tofu. Occasionally I'll get their famous hotpot beef and hot pot fish...."
Nick Huang
"Food was amazing. Had the hot pot fish and fried rice and they were delicious and nicely presented. The waiters were professional and their service..."
"As a Sichuan food-lover, I finally found the place which best suits my stomach.  No word could express my feelings when I tasted the dishes. Every..."
Jenny Chen
"we tried the dry hot pot. it was very spicy but with the coke, it was very very apetizing! We also had the dumplings with sichuan chilli sauce and it..."
"cheap!very cheap!so yummy!i travelling this city,my parent want eat hotpot fish,find this restaurant,order 6 dishes only..."
Joyce Li Gao
"Had the lemon chicken which is very crunch on the surface and juicy in the middle. Lovely presented and served. The dry chilli chicken is very good..."
Emily Chan
"Dry hot pot is so goood!!!! Fish ball with crab toe is my favorite and the pickled chili fish is awesome as well! Friendly staff and good..."
"its very good sichuan restaurant in the town, every time went there are busy😊😊😊the service here is very good, everyone make me feel..."
Ally Lin
"very traditional Si Chuan restaurant, my favorite dish is deep-fried chicken cubes with dry chilli, stir-fried celtuce. reasonable price and good..."
"i visited my friend last week and this is a best shop i had dinner in in Canberra. The spicy mixed pot is very good with lots of selections. wish to..."
Songqi Yang
"I like to eat spicy food, and I think it is a good place for me. I think the hot pot beef is very delicious. Meanwhile, I think this restaurant need..."
Shuman Jiang
"i really love it,We ordered pickled beef tendon with millet pepper, fish fillet hot pot, stir fried asparagus lettuce with sliced pork and stone..."
"I love Redchillis and I have read some of the bad reviews and it is hard to belive given that I have visited this restaurant on more than 4 ocassions..."
Zhu Nick
"a Nice meal in RED CHILLI RESTAURANT 🌝🌝🌝🌝The price is affordable Usually costs $30 for per person RECOMANDED:HOT POT..."
Yinglei Xu
"This was an excellent meal in a what has been a wonderful gastronomic tour of Canberra. A busy, bustling restaurant with modern classic Chinese..."
Kan Do
"It is really a good place to eat Chinese food, really delicious; the environment just like a traditional Chinese thing is that..."
Alex Wang
"Props to the service, and the BIG smiles brought along. The food speaks for itself, so if you haven't had a bite of REAL Chinese food, this is the..."
Gregg Chaw
"Good food and service. Tea smoked duck is so nice although it is not boneless. Tea smoked duck seems like one of the chief's sepecial dishes in..."
"The foods was amazing here, we ordered Ma Po Toufu, special fish and asparagus lettuce, all dishes were so good! Have to try, best..."
"Was quite a nice place and still has the Sichuan flavor to it. Great place to eat, especially dinner! Overall this place is must try and customer..."
Sam Zhang
"Really a nice restaurant for enjoying chinese cuisine. The food there is delicious and spicy and is definitely the authentic sichuan style cuisine.I..."
"The food's gorgeous and so hot ! We ordered kongpao chicken and it's sweet and spicy, definitely recommend this restaurant to my friends and the..."
"非常棒!good. ..."
"Great place to go if you like Chinese food, especially spicy food! Really fast service and fast response to your request! Always packed with people,..."
Dongxu Li
"Delicious! If u like hot and spicy, good try. Kung Pao Chicken is my favorite.  Spring rolls is crispy and sour and sweet sauce has a little..."
Lucas 杨
"Tried on the 2nd of Feb 2017. didn't know they have a Canberra shop before. opposite to the melbourne building. I've tried their other shops in..."
"If you love or want to try some traditional Chinese dishes, it should be the best choice in Canberra. I really love the Chef's Special Fish with dry..."
Rechard Smith
"Had a really great supper here with my friends!  You know when Chinese new year comes,  we Chinese students studying in Australia always..."
Yingying Shu
"Tried this out with friends last week. It was so GOOD - the food and the services!!!  Would definitely come back. Spicy chicken dices with dried..."
"very good restaurant,especially for its hot pot,love it. To be honest,i am very into the hot pot fish and the wonton with chilli ,really..."
"good service,food was amazing!!! ..."
"Make reservation before you go this restaurant if you don't like waiting a long time when you hungry ! It's very popular! Very nice people and very..."
"It’s always packed with people who look like they know what they’re choosing and it’s got great energy. Feels like you could really be in..."
Michele Walton
"Always busy and fast service. A great range of dishes to choose. The Chef special fillet and deep fried chicken was awesome. A nice staff recommend..."
"It’s always packed with people who look like they know what they’re choosing and it’s got great energy. Feels like you could really be in..."
Michele Walton
"A very popular place for spicy Sichuan food and hot pot. The flavour is good but not as good as before. The speed of service is very fast. ..."
Shijing Wang
"Really not a fan of chilli but after reluctantly followed friends to lunch. Now I am converted. Chilli flavours were subtle not unmanageable. Well..."
"Spicy and delicious. Been here heaps of times. The chicken in chilli (the whole plate of dried fried chillies) is just unreal. Popcorn chicken in a..."
Dani R
"A wonderful experience! We had the hot chilli wontons and the fish Sichuan hot pot with a bottle of house Riesling. Everything was delicious. The hot..."
"Food was great but most of the staff can't understand English & the female staff need to act like they want to be there,Oh the funniest thing..."
Michael Sturgess
"I loved it! The decor was amazingly beautiful, the staff where lovely and the food was so tasty! Amazing flavours i'd recommend giving it a..."
Jessica Vonhearst
"I enjoyed my meal yesterday, was pretty tasty and spicy! Waiter and waitresses are polite and prompt.Food came out very quick..."
Jenifer Lopez
"Not bad. It was a busyy day for the restaurant as it was mooncake festival. We came with a group of 10. They were really busy and gave us a small..."
Jo W
Happy's Chinese Restaurant
81/100 (996 ratings)
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"We ordered deep fried chicken. Satay chicken. Chicken chow mein. Salt and pepper squid. Fillet steak in chinese sauce. Curry chicken and a few extra..."
Allison Laidlaw
"I have been going to Happy's for many, many years. First time was in the early 80's. I have never had a meal that I didn't like, the service is..."
Phoebe Sara
"Exellent food, good mix of different dishes. Friendly staff and short wait for meals. We always have a good time at..."
Jarad Brown
"Great place! Awesome food! Amazing staff! Highly..."
Fiona Lampard
"This place is the best dining out Chinese you will ever get! Definitely one place to visit when in the..."
Daws N Barb
"No complaints at all, staff were awesome and chilled out, food was excellent and fast. Definately going again..."
Tim Sheppard
"Gavin and the team make it very welcoming for new and old customers, having been there many times I feel more like family than a customer. Highly..."
Nick Livingstone
"Sensational food with great prices banana chicken..."
Colin Kerr
"Claims to be oldest Chinese eatery in Civic. It maintains a consistent quality. At least 50% of the customers are native Chinese..."
Terence John Quinn
"Lovely staff, great service, quick at getting meals out & tasted awesome. Definitely going back next time we are in..."
Catherine Tellefsen-Fraei
"I love this restaurant. Delicious food and beautiful people. Highly..."
Katherine Goode
"Seriously love this place! Great services, great food and a very cute and quirky..."
Ellen O'Neill
"Beautiful meal and beautiful views. Friendly..."
Priscilla Maureen Reeve
"Love the food here, the banquet is enough to feed an army! The pick is the sliced fried pork in plum sauce, it's a family..."
Sam Livingstone
"Very nice restaurant in the heart of Canberra mine host and staff wonderful. Excellent food great range of food on menu Bring your own or have at..."
Glenn Harbeck
"I’m always looking for good asian food and this place totally satisfy my taste buds. I always order noodles here cause I love their noodles. But..."
"Warning, you need to make your way down around two flights of stairs to get to this basement restaurant. Inside is a very dim lit but quaint gem...."
"Finally got around to going to Happy's Chinese restaurant. The entrance is not inviting, and the restaurant is situated in the basement. Once you get..."
"We came, we saw and I conquered a beautiful banquet. I really enjoyed our meal here and it is very good for what it is, which is a simple family..."
Steve Brimblecombe
"Yuuuum! I highly recommend the sizzling duck with plum sauce. We ordered a couple of other dishes that were good too. The very busy restaurant..."
"We have been regulars at Happy's for almost 10 years. It's a great spot -- cheap, cheerful and the food is fantastic. One of Canberra's oldest..."
"This was a terrific little Chinese restaurant hidden within Canberra's 'underground' CBD.  We were 2 families with young children on a Monday night..."
Roger Rocket
"Salt, pepper and Tsingtao at Happy's Restaurant, a Canberra eating institution feeding our nation's leaders since 1962. Happy's Restaurant is in..."
Mr Shawn & Miss Chicken
"‘J’ and I have just moved into Inner North very close to Civic and we have eagerly begun to explore the many restaurants in our new realm...."
"I love happy's so much. It is a sad week where I am not there. The food is great, fast, generously portioned and FANTASTIC. The staff are all very..."
Andrew Wright
"Good food at decent prices. Happy's has pretty good Chinese food, good portion sizes and at a reasonable price. I had a birthday dinner here and..."
"Fair and economical. MrsPatel has never had bad food at this restaurant. The ambience is (unsurprisingly) diminished by it's cramped underground..."
"Happys has been down stairs probably longer than Canberra has been upstairs. Great 1973 decor. Huge menu, friendly service, reasonable price booze..."
Kevin McDonald
"Popular hidden restaurant. Nice little Cantonese restaurant hidden underneath Garema place, which is fun. A mural wall prevents it from feeling too..."
Kathleen Cobcroft
"Located in the heart of the CBD, Happy's was the very first Chinese restaurant in Canberra and has been operating from the same location for the past..."
"One of the reasons my non-Asian friends like Happy's is the existence of the banquet deals. With banquets ranging from $18 to $28 per head, you can..."