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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