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$30 - $78
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Chinese, Asian
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Reviewed 27 November 2023

The restaurant is located on the corner of Jervois and Herne Bay Roads. They do have a small parking lot behind the building but we ended up parking on the street along Herne Bay Road. We came by for dinner and did book, which seems...to be required since the place was packed. The tables were jammed together and they were all full, across the many rooms in the restaurant. The food is quite nice with standard Chinese options. The peckin duck was nice but I personally found it to have a bit too much meat. The second course with the lettuce wraps were nice. The fried cod and tofu were also nice. I did find the roast port a bit salty though. The best part is that they did have deep-fried ice cream for dessert and it wasn't bad. The batter was crispy but the ice cream did meld with the sponge. It is quite a nice place for really tasty Chinese food.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 10 September 2022

One of the worst meals out for over 10 years. Service was terrible. First dish arrived after 1 hour and sat for 20 mins as we had no plates or any other dishes. They seemed to take offense when we demanded they take back the...disk as it had gone cold. Rice. Boiled rice. Was the last dish to arrive and only after we again asked. Will never go again. And dare i say that other customers of a different ethnicity got their food way faster and had way better service. Food, when they bothered to give us any, was pretty average. Don't waste your time. The hype around this place is rubbish.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 17 April 2022 via mobile

Over the years, I have dined here on many, many occasions, never to be disappointed. This visit was the first in a few years, my prime concern was the quality of the food although this concern was quickly resolved when the first course of spring...rolls were served. Possibly some of the best spring rolls I’ve eaten! We moved onto the Peking Duck and once again were extremely impressed, will continue to dine at this establishment when in Auckland.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 1 January 2022 via mobile

We’ve been coming to this restaurant for many many years, but hadn’t actually been since the change of ownership a couple of years ago. We were delighted to find that the food was just as incredible as it has always been and the staff were...very friendly and helpful. Service was excellent. The only fault is that, as a family we couldn’t hold a conversation across the table as it was so loud!! Probably the lovely high ceilings don’t help acoustics but perhaps more soft furnishings / sound baffling needed as it sort of spoiled what could have been a perfect evening.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed 11 July 2021

The restaurant was noisy and raucous. The service average. Overpriced for what was on offer. After trying some food my stomach turned and left me sick. Still recovering the next day. Would not go back.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed 12 February 2020 via mobile

Thank you for the most fabulous experience of enjoying your delicious Peking Duck. We have always the corn & chicken soup followed by Peking duck 2 ways. Excellent service from happy staff.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed 31 December 2019 via mobile

We are keen Chinese food lovers and were totally pleased by this experience. We were offered the opportunity to share a duck with a larger to our greatest joy

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 12 October 2019 via mobile

Lack of communication in regards to large booking. Firstly: I was told to RSVP the Pecking duck order and not the entire order. Secondly there is a time limit of seating, which we found out less than 24 hours and they weren't accommodating at all....So we cancelled!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 August 2019

Checked out this neat little restaurant yesterday for lunk and must say it's certainly among the top 3 in Auckland. The food was amazing and the service too was OK.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed 1 May 2019

We love the welcome as we went in. The food as usual was very good.We had Peking Duck and again,delicous. This time they had more staff so we didnt have to wait too long for our food which was a bit of a problem last...time we were there.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed 13 February 2019

We tried Empress Garden after a recommendation. The staff are super efficient, the decor basic. The food was good, and the deep fried ice cream was heavenly. Going back just for that! The menu is HUGE - with everything from a prawn dumpling to cold...jellyfish with cold boneless chicken feet... so there is something for everyone from Westerner to traditional taste buds. Accommodating and quick, the food and service were good although a little rushed as we were eating late. Friendly staff. The specialty is Peking Duck and the menu had about two pages dedicated just to ways of having your Peking Duck, but we did not have any as you had to pre-order it when booking. Go for the food, linger over the dessert!More

Date of visit: February 2019
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Reviewed 29 January 2019

Excuse the pun, but the duck is the highlight here. Duck skin with meat comes with a lovely sauce, a pile of small pancakes and some cucumber and spring onion. When these are combined it makes for a yummy morsel of food great fir sharing....It was a Tuesday night and the restaurant was nearly full so make sure you book ahead. This place was a local favourite for many years then it changed hands and went downhill. It has now recovered and become a popular food destination. The other items on the menu we tried were very good and there were no disappointments. We will be back.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed 27 November 2018

What a find this place turned out to be. Excellent service (with lots of smiles), plenty of choices and obviously liked by groups of Chinese people. Take your own preference price wise too! Not sure which one they focus on, Szechuan or Shanghai, Hong Kong...or Cantonese since I have never been in any of these areas ..... but it was Yum and we will be back.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 22 November 2018

Peking Duck are quite good. However other dishes are no that good. If you are looking for fine Chinese food I will not recommend. Located in Herne Bay residential area .

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed 9 August 2018

Went there with family we had the Peking Duck which was excellent and several other dishes which were good but not outstanding and quite over priced. I have been going to the Empress Garden for years. They need to upgrade the decor as it is...looking very tired and shabby. And the wait staff should not be in sweat shirt type attire. But will return again for the Peking duck.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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EMPRESS GARDEN, Auckland Central - Herne Bay - Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews

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Empress Garden is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4