We’ve passed by this restaurant numerous times for many years now and didn’t really give it a second thought. From the exterior, it appears quite plain. Advertisements covering their windows showed exceptionally low prices for Chicken and Lobster. We were a bit hesitant as it’s situated right next to a gentlemen’s club (939)...but am glad we finally gave the restaurant a try.
Though their parking lot is quite small (I counted about ~9 stalls), so plan to arrive early.
The restaurant seemed a bit understaffed (2 servers for the entire place which seats about ~ 120 people),
but they were very nice and friendly. They made sure to check on us several times even as the dinner crowds started to fill the restaurant.
The menu looked really good so it was hard to decide what to order.
We were about to order the Salt & Pepper Shrimp, but our server kindly pointed out we had ordered the Lobster in that style already. Which was a good thing because we had ordered too much food at this point-- which was apparent when we asked him if this was enough food-- He shockingly responded “you can finish all of this?” ;)
We started the meal off with the Wor Won Ton Soup- $9.99
For $10, it was quite filling and a nice starter to the meal.
Next arrived the Sizzling Tenderloin with Black Pepper- $14.99
The star attraction that brought us here was the Lobster Special ($14.99 with purchase with one regular entree).
Next, my fiance wanted to try the Foo Kin Fried Rice- $12.99.
There’s no description on the menu, but their version includes
Shiitake Mushrooms, Choy Sum stems, Eggs, Shrimp, diced Chicken, tiny Scallops, and a gravy.
It tastes similar to Yang Chow Fried Rice but with a thicker gravy on top
(which reminds us of the sauce for cake noodles).
It’s so “fook-ing” good (sorry, couldn’t help myself). *wink wink*
One of our favorite dishes to order when we go out is Mabo Tofu-$9.99.
We ended the meal with a refreshing Almond Tofu float- $1.75.
(The other dessert choice was a hot Red Bean Soup).
Overall, we found Canton Seafood Restaurant to be a hidden gem among the Chinese restaurants on Oahu. We often think that you need to venture into Chinatown to find authentic Chinese cooking, but Hawaii has such a diverse and rich culture that you will find authentic dishes all over the island. The food was very flavorful without the seasoning being overly salty like some other restaurants. We are already thinking about when we will return to try their other dishes.
One of the biggest surprises for us was their reasonable prices
and the variety of dishes available.
Set & Catering Menus
If you are looking to hold an event or gathering, they have Set Menus for groups of 4-6 from $59.95-79.95.
For groups of 10, their 9-10 course meals range from $198 to $398. It is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area. Maybe we need to throw a party now so we have an excuse to order catering from here too!
*Click Menu images for full-size view.*
Honolulu, Hawaii 96814
Have you tried out Canton Seafood Restaurant and what did you think about it?
Feel free to name your favorite dishes below!