PRON Restaurant (People’s Republic of Noodles)

PRON Restaurant (People’s Republic of Noodles)
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R85 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Asian, Vegetarian
Mastercard, Visa
R50 (wine) R80 (champagne and sparkling wine)

Critic's review

Sandiso Ngubane

PRON whips up tasty Asian deliciousness you’ll want to keep coming back for in the foodie haven that is Linden, Johannesburg. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, there’s something here for everyone in generous, affordable portions. Their tapas – from shaved beef with plum chilli sauce, to pig’s ear salad and tofu cubes in a spicy sauce – are a delightful mix of unusual flavours. The wood ear mushroom salad, an edible black fungus, is a popular Chinese dish that may not be great for the uninitiated Westernised palate, but is hugely satisfying for the gastronomically adventurous.

Other options include bean paste beef noodles, dandan with pork mince, zachai (a pickled mustard vegetable) pork soup noodles, tofu, seawood and sichuan chilli chicken soup. Overall, not checking out this gem of an establishment is doing yourself a major injustice as a food lover.

There are no desserts on the menu.

PRON offers beers, a full bar and some quirky Asian drinks like lucky Buddha. There’s a small wine list for those who are so inclined.

Emma, the owner, is often around on the floor, and it’s perhaps best to chat to her about what options are the best – especially when sharing, which the menu and dishes encourage, if only because of the generous portions, but most importantly for a fuller experience.

PRON is quite popular, and often filled to the rafters on weekends. The décor is kitsch but cool in this overall pleasant spot in leafy Linden.

Be sure to making a booking and go with friends. For a more upmarket experience, there’s Red Chamber in Hyde Park, also run by chef Emma Chen of PRON.

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(August 2018)

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User reviews

  • Having lived in China and Taiwan for 10 years I am wary of Chinese restaurants in other countries. Understandably, the tastes and flavours are modified to suit local palates, but that means I am disappointed! PRON however is an excellent place for noodles. They even offer Dandan noodles, my favourite and spicy friend green beans, tasting just as I remember them. Cleverly, the chef does not try to offer a multitude of dishes. Just a few varieties of well cooked noodles topped with fresh ingredients and sauces. Surprisingly, they offer “TAPAS” starters. In truth these are mainly small portions of Chinese dishes. Do not expect to be transported to Barcelona by the Tapas. The food is Chinese all the way. The decor is kitsch Chinese, which adds to the atmosphere. The restaurant is not five star fancy, it is more like a traditional homely noodle shop that can be found across Beijing and the Northern regions of China. It feels genuine. I enjoyed my evening at PRON and plan to go back – often!
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  • Food is so so good.
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  • Serves food
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