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.
The winelist is very limited. Rather take your own for the very reasonable corkage cost of R40.
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.
There’s usually a warm buzz inside Hesheng – and if you’ve got your heart set on a table – it’s advisable to book.
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