Opening TimesWeds: 5pm - 10pm
Thurs: 5pm - 10pm
Fri: 5pm - 10pm
Sat: 5pm - 10pm
Sun: 5pm - 10pm
Delectable Cantonese Cuisine
Pass by the Canton Chef during opening hours and you’ll be treated to a deliciously tempting aroma of Chinese food. Except, according to owner Roy Lau, most of the dishes shouldn’t be described as ‘Chinese’.
Roy, who opened The Canton Chef in 2006, explains that the dishes many people think of as Chinese are more accurately described as Cantonese.
Most of the popular choices, including sweet and sour, chow mein and black bean sauce are Cantonese cuisine. Spring rolls, dim sum and crispy duck are also traditional Cantonese dishes, as Roy explains:
“The Canton region of China has a rich history and tradition of food and cooking. Cantonese dishes are so popular that they’re eaten all over the world.”
Roy grew up in the Canton region before moving to the UK where he’s spent the past 3 decades working in restaurants. Initially, Roy worked front of house, but developed a passion for cooking and trained as a chef. He’s worked in London’s China Town before moving ‘up north’ and eventually bringing his delectable dishes to Honley.
A warm welcome
Canton Chef is truly independent, which means that Roy is usually around to give everyone a warm welcome. It’s one of the reasons – as well as the amazing food – why so many customers return again and again. In fact, Roy has come to know his regular customers so well that he says it feels more like having friends for dinner.
Roy is always keen to encourage his customers, whether they’re regulars or new, to step out of their comfort zone and try something new.
“Most people order the same dish every time, but they don’t know what they might be missing out on. I try to encourage people to choose a different dish. I love seeing people enjoy my food. And if they follow my advice but don’t like the new dish, it’s not a problem. I’ll replace the meal without any extra charge,” said Roy.
Authentic Chinese food to eat in or takeaway
Roy sources authentic ingredients for his dishes, which are always prepared fresh to order. As Roy still spends time in the kitchen working as a chef, he knows exactly what ingredients are in each dish and can offer advice regarding allergies and intolerances, without needing to check.
It’s always wise to let staff know in advance if you have any special dietary needs. That means they can prepare for your visit and make sure that you’re taken care of.
As all the food is prepared fresh, the takeaway menu has all the dishes you’ll discover if you’re dining in the restaurant. Added to this is an extensive drinks menu, including the traditional Tsing Tao beer, bottled in China.
Whether you call it Chinese food or Cantonese food, a visit to Canton Chef is a culinary experience you’ll adore.