A Cantonese-style celebration
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As Canton Seafood Restaurant general manager Henry Gong puts it, “Our signature style of cooking is Cantonese. It’s the same as Hong Kong-style, which means that we use less oil and salt — almost no MSG, so it’s healthier — and flavors aren’t as spicy as Northern Mandarinor Sichuan-style.”
Canton Seafood stands out among the bustling assortment of Asian-food establishments on Keaaumoku street. Clean and welcoming, the restaurant seats up to 140 people with its large, round tables, and serves more than 180 dishes from its extensive menu.
During the holidays, many local families gather together at the restaurant because they find Canton Seafood the perfect place for a celebration. The Party Menu ($188) is ideal for big groups because it serves 10 to 12 people and has nine different items: Seafood Tofu Soup, whole Peking Duck, Fried Shrimp Canton, Steamed Sea Bass Fillet with Ginger and Onions, Tenderloin Steak with String Beans, whole Crispy Garlic Chicken, Black Mushroom with Vegetables, Fried Rice “Young Chow-style” and a dessert of the day, which can be annin tofu — a traditional Chinese jelly dessert made with almond milk, agar and sugar — or sweet red bean soup. For higher prices ranging from $238 to $398, you can upgrade the party menu to include more seafood like lobster or shrimp.
“This party menu is perfect for family and friends during Christmas. Portions are large, and the price is very reasonable for the amount of food you get,” says Gong. “You can order the menu for either takeout or dining in.”
He also adds that the eatery is mindful of customers’ preferences, and would be willing to accommodate if they would like to switch out certain dishes such as beef or seafood.
“Customers always come first at our restaurant,” says Gong. “We want to say thank you to everyone for eating with us this past year, and we look forward to seeing you again next year.”
Canton Seafood Restaurant
923 Keeaumoku St., Honolulu
Daily, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.