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The restaurant is situated just around the corner from the "Golden Fish" gaming area, in a quiet corner shared with a few other restaurants. A long glass-tiled corridor leads into the main dining room, with soaring ceilings and red and black Chinese-inflected accents, the vase being a recurring motif. Plush banquettes and beaded curtains as well as small dining nooks offer a sense of privacy, although the acoustics can be a bit distracting due to the tiled floors. The little red dining nooks, while sweet, have precariously placed speakers, causing music to blast into diners' ears. Private rooms are also available.
As the name of the restaurant suggests, Cantonese food is the speciality here. It is executed with precision and, at times, aesthetic flair. Cantonese meals are often designed for sharing by large groups, although Canton handily offers sets at both lunch and dinner for single diners. At lunch, there is a selection of dim sum as well as a la carte dishes, and the menu contains some interesting items, such as rice sheet rolls with garoupa fillet, conpoy and coriander, which are cooked perfectly, despite the delicate nature and different cooking times required by each of the components, especially the garoupa. More standard offerings such as the shrimp and vegetable dumplings are delightful, with a light, delicate wrapper and juicy, well-seasoned shrimp. Many dishes on the a la carte menu go the creative route. For instance, the steamed bamboo fungus stuffed with vegetable and pumpkin is not only aesthetically pleasing with its neat bundles of spinach laid out like a fan, but use of pumpkin in the sauce means it adds texture and sweetness without heaviness, keeping the dish fresh and clean on the palate. Meanwhile, perfectly crisp and juicy nuggets of sweet and sour pork with tropical fruit show the kitchen's excellent grasp of the classics.
The restaurant's regular drinks list is rather standard and, disappointingly for a Chinese restaurant, the choice of teas is uninspiring. The unknown age pu'er is a little more fragrant than normal, but hardly worth the doubled price tag compared to regular tea. However, oenophiles can rest easy in the knowledge that the Venetian complex has an extensive wine cellar, which is accessible to diners at Canton.
Better team spirit may add more smiles on the faces of servers and diners at Canton. They seem disinterested in being there, many audibly dragging their heels on the tiled floors. Dishes are rarely introduced when they are set down.
A meal for two, including premium tea comes to around MOP800, which is good value considering the high quality of food, although the service could be improved.