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Hesheng Chinese Restaurant

5 Reviews
Asian, Chinese
Phone Number 0214330739 Opening Hours Lunch Dinner

Lunch: Wednesday to Monday 11am to 3pm

Dinner: Wednesday to Monday 5pm to 9pm

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Menu

Menu - Hesheng Menu  - Updated July 2019

Details

Cost
R65 avg main meal
Food
Asian, Chinese
Corkage
No BYO
Cost
R65 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Quick meals
Facilities
Child friendly, Parking, Takeaways, Vegetarian

Location and contact

269 Main Road Sea Point, Cape Town

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

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)

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User reviews

5 Reviews
    There are no frills here other than the table cloths and chair cosies. It's a hidden gem in Sea Point and a great spot for dim sum and other Chinese dishes. I wouldn't recommend their soups but their steamed pork and leek dim sum is amazing. And 12 pieces for about R40 you can't go wrong. They burst in your mouth and are delicious, nothing fancy. The beef and shallot roll cake is also great and the sizzling beef. A great midweek, authentic and quick place to eat.
    So I am Chinese and very picky about where I eat out but after discovering this place, this has to be the best Chinese food in Cape Town! Definitely my go to for authentic Chinese. Family that runs the place are very friendly and for the price it is good value for money. I recently took my visitors from Hong Kong there and they enjoyed the food too. They make very nice dumplings, deep fried prawns and seaweed salad. I highly recommend.
    The real deal! An authentic Chinese food and service place. Simple, cosy and personal. Very reasonable and extremely satisfying portions of the most delicious varieties of meat and vegetarians meals.
    After searching for authentic Chinese food we miraculously discovered Jing-Jing, a traditional Chinese restaurant with red lanterns and plastic covered tables. The reasonably priced, dare I say cheap(?) food was superb. The beef and shallot pancakes were unbelievable! With quick friendly service, its a great spot to try for foodies.

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