K/W's Top Chinese Restaurants
KWMotion, December 26th
Chinese food is an incredibly popular choice for takeout meals all throughout Southwestern Ontario. It may surprise you that there are close to 40 restaurants in Kitchener/Waterloo that offer Chinese fare. It’s important to note that “Chinese food” is a disambiguation complicated by the influence the cuisine has had, and the way its been influenced, internationally. As such, this list will attempt to relate to the popular idea of Chinese takeout in North America.
As per usual, this list will focus on independent restaurants in our region. The next time you are looking to order Chinese food in, or for dining out, you will likely be pleased by going with one of the options on this list. If you’re interested in a restaurant, click on the header or image to be linked to their page.
PC: Chaitanya Uttarwar
Cameron Chinese Food won’t be uncommon to any alumni of Cameron Heights Collegiate Institute, as it is located directly across from it. The restaurant offers meals similar to the Chinese food restaurants throughout Canada, additionally offering dim sum and seafood. Cameron is a regional favorite, as they have long existed in K/W as a reliable choice for Chinese take out and dining.
PC: Arnold Hu
Better Chef features home style cooking, with a diverse menu that is sure to provide some new and surprising meals for those looking to try something different. The food is consistently delicious. If you’re dining in, you will find the service to be timely and pleasant, and the presentation of every meal immaculate.
PC: Shonna De Greef
Jumbo Dragon is a popular choice for Chinese takeout in the region. It is a family run business that has earned it’s popularity by belonging to the community for a long period of time. Over this time, their meals have been consistently flavorful and well executed. Jumbo Dragon is sure to satisfy your expectations for what Chinese takeout looks like, and will certainly exceed your expectations of taste.
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PC: Sohamjit Das
PC: Mansour Ganji
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Mr. Wok Chinese Restaurant is located in the Highland Park Shopping Centre, right at Westmount and Highland. It is quite possible that you are familiar with the area and haven’t heard of Mr. Wok, as the restaurant is tucked tightly into the shopping plaza. The restaurant is however by all means remarkable. The service is phenomenal, as it is a family run business (and this shows), the portions are large; this culminates in a phenomenal tasting dish that ultimately creates a great experience of a meal.
PC: Mo V
Out on a plaza on Columbia Street in Waterloo, you can find Wok Wagon Express. Wok Wagon Express represents the classic experience of ordering Chinese takeout, thoroughly enjoying it with the family, and having enough leftovers to feed the family the next day. With that being said, the superb taste of Wok Wagon’s Chinese food may create the new experience of finishing these large portions the night of. What is additionally noteworthy of Wok Wagon is their great range of options for Vegan/Vegetarian meals.
PC: Miles Leo
126 Chinese Restaurant is a reliable local favorite. Their exquisite meals are made from scratch, and the care and attention towards the food’s quality is apparent in the taste. Whether eating their mixed combinations, or having a large dish of their Beef Ginger, it is quite clear that taste is a priority. In terms of Chinese takeout that will fulfill your expectations of what is popularly served, 126 Chinese Restaurant has earned the right to be considered.
PC: Jason Angst
China Taste is incredibly generous with their portion sizes, and their dishes feature bright and interesting flavors that set themselves apart from the other Chinese restaurants in town. All of their food is fresh. Ordering from this restaurant will surely delight you with their great tasting dishes, and the large quantity of their great food that you’ll receive. It is safe to consider China Taste as a well rounded spot for Chinese takeout in K/W.
King Tin has some great choices when it comes to dim sum. They are additionally well known for their lunch buffet which has managed to survive the pandemic. Currently they are also offering several frozen meals that can be purchased and enjoyed at home. Their dishes range from Cantonese-style deep-fried chicken to Hakka-Style casseroles. Whether it’s dim sum, the lunch buffet, or frozen meals, King Tin is deliciously tasty, decently cheap, and certainly worth a try.
PC: Agnel J D’Cruz
Like many of the places on this list, China Bowl presents a wide range of options within their menu. The vegetable, shrimp, beef, chicken and pork (respectability) based meals allow for great combinations when it comes to a large order. The meals at China Bowl can undoubtedly be characterized as authentic, largely due to the rich palate of flavor created by the depth of their dish’s taste.
PC: Fawaz K
Hem’s Hakka Restaurant focuses on a distinguished, and distinct specification of Chinese food, Hakka cuisine. Like the modern distinction of “Chinese food”, Hakka cuisine has evolved over the years to encapsulate various meals and techniques, though traditionally it is characterized by the use of preserved meats and vegetables. In K/W, residents have expressed fondness for the unique seasoning present in Hem’s dishes, as it distinguishes the restaurant from other Chinese spots on this list. For tender flavorful beef, or mouthwatering chili chicken, Hem’s Hakka Restaurant is certainly a worthy choice.