Quality Eats to Please Any PalateColumns Foodie Fare
November 18, 2012
Story By: Christina O Connor | Photos by: Lawrence Tabudlo
It seems that Chinese restaurants get something of a bad rap these days. But at Canton Seafood, it’s clear from the minute you walk in the door that it’s time to do away with any preconceived notions. Here at Canton Seafood, you get tasty, quality food within an elegant, yet welcoming and comfortable dining room.
Canton Seafood serves up traditional, authentic eats in the Canton and Hong Kong-style — and it has a regular customer base to vouch for its authenticity.
“A lot of Chinese people especially love our food,” assistant manager Peng Gong says. “They say that it’s almost the same as in China. There are a lot of people from China who come to eat here.”
Popular dishes include The House Special Chicken with Flavor Sauce ($15.99 for half) and Live Lobster with Ginger and Onion (market price).
“We concentrate a lot on our seafood — and we use only the highest quality lobster, clams, shrimp and fish,” Gong adds.
For one dish that showcases a lot of Canton’s seafood, try Shabu Shabu ($49.99 for regular, $59.99 for large), which features clams, scallops, fish, shrimp, beef and spinach.
For daytime and late-night diners, some of Canton’s seafood dishes also are offered as lunch and late-night specials, including Shanghai-Style Fried Mochi ($7.99 as a lunch special/$8.99), which features mochi, Chinese cabbage, bean sprouts and pork.
“This is very good,” Gong says, “and not a lot of other restaurants have it.”
Another lunch/late-night special is Seafood Fried Noodle ($7.99 as a lunch special/$8.99), which is a tasty medley of shrimp, scallop, fish, squid and vegetables.
Additional specials start from just $5.99.
Canton Seafood has a huge menu, so it’s hard to pick just one dish to order. But other customer favorites are Pork Chop with Salt and Pepper ($10.99), topped with garlic, onion and bell pepper, and Chicken with Satay Sauce ($12.99), which is seasoned with sour and spicy flavors.
Canton’s kitchen staff is always thinking up new dishes to feature. The restaurant offers various specials periodically and recently unveiled a new vegetarian menu.
“Right now, people are wanting to eat healthier,” Gong says. “For this menu, we use a lot of tofu, soybeans and vegetables.”
On the Side
Although it just opened last April, Canton Seafood Restaurant has already managed to garner a reputation for appeasing even the pickiest of palates.
“Our chef is a very talented chef,” assistant manager Peng Gong says. The breadth of Canton’s menu can attest to that claim. With hundreds of dishes, the restaurant features just about anything you might be craving.
That type of variety is just what you need when planning a large holiday party filled with family and friends — all who might have different tastes.
With an inviting dining room that holds up to 130 guests and a reasonable party menu, Canton Seafood is somewhere to keep in mind as you plan your holiday gathering. Smaller parties can rent an enclosed area in the restaurant.
Canton Seafood offers a variety of set party menus starting at $188 for 10 to 12 people. That menu includes Peking Duck (whole), Live Lobster with Ginger and Onion (two) and Chinese Broccoli with Dried Fish.
The restaurant also offers the option of swapping out dishes to each party menu, but requests need to be made in advance.
923 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Open daily, 10 a.m.-midnight