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Hesheng Chinese Restaurant

Hesheng Chinese Restaurant
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Cost
R65 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Food
Asian, Chinese
Corkage
No BYO

Critic's review

Kathrine Pope

Run by a family from Nothern China, this small Chinese restaurant is one of Sea Point’s hidden gems – and is fast becoming a cult favourite.

Food
While the owners hail from the north of the mainland, Hesheng serves up classics from all over the country. The menu is extensive – so it’s advisable to order a range of dishes to share, family-style.

Begin with the feather-light dumplings – fried potsticker-style or steamed in bamboo baskets. They’re made freshly each afternoon for the evening’s service –your waiter will let you know what’s fresh that day. The beef dumplings are glorious, dipped in a combo of vinegar and soy, available on all the tables.

Another highlight are the leek pancakes: golden, flaky dough conceals a layer of sweet leeks.

Tuck into melt-in-the-mouth eggplant in brown sauce (an oyster sauce) or nibble on the firm, jellied pig’s ear salad – laced with chilli.

Finish with a glorious bowl of Sichuan beef. It arrives steaming, the broth swimming in chilli, and the beef full of scrumptious flavour. You might recognise the unique citrusy flavour and tingly mouthfeel of the Sichuan peppercorn from five spice, where it’s commonly used.

There are no desserts on offer.

Drinks
The winelist is very limited. Rather take your own for the very reasonable corkage cost of R40.

Service
Staff are friendly and welcoming. They’re happy to recommend dishes and guide you through the menu. Food comes out fairly swiftly, as it’s ready.

Ambience
There’s usually a warm buzz inside Hesheng – and if you’ve got your heart set on a table – it’s advisable to book.

Best for...
A Chinese feast that’s easy on the budget.

(2018)

Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food
  • Katharine Pope

    Food

    This small Chinese restaurant is one of Sea Point’s hidden gems – and is fast becoming a cult favourite.

    While the owners hail from the north of the mainland, Hesheng serves up classics from all over the country. The menu is extensive – so it’s advisable to order a range of dishes to share, family-style.

    Begin with the feather-light dumplings – fried potsticker-style or steamed in bamboo baskets. They’re made freshly each afternoon for the evening’s service – your waiter will let you know what’s fresh that day. The beef dumplings are glorious, dipped in a combo of vinegar and soy, available on all the tables.

    Another highlight are the leek pancakes: golden, flaky dough conceals a layer of sweet leeks.

    Next, tuck into melt-in-the-mouth eggplant in brown sauce (an oyster sauce) or nibble on the firm, jellied pig’s ear salad – laced with chilli. Finish with a glorious bowl of Sichuan beef. It arrives steaming, the broth swimming in chilli, and the beef full of scrumptious flavour. You might recognise the unique citrusy flavour and tingly mouthfeel of the Sichuan peppercorn from five spice, where it’s commonly used.

    There are no desserts on offer.

    Drinks

    The winelist is very limited. Rather take your own for the very reasonable corkage cost of R40.

    Service

    Staff are friendly and welcoming. They’re happy to recommend dishes and guide you through the menu. Food comes out fairly swiftly, as it’s ready.

    Ambience


    There’s usually a warm buzz inside Hesheng – and if you’ve got your heart set on a table – it’s advisable to book.

    (May 2018)

    Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

    • Ambience
    • Service
    • Food

Facilities

  • Child friendly
  • Parking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian

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