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Located among the array of Chinese restaurants in Sea Point is Hesheng, a dumpling haven that’s gained a strong following. While the menu offers a vast number of options, dumplings are the star of the show. On quieter evenings the owner can be spotted folding them at a dedicated table.
The dim sum can be enjoyed fried (potsticker-style), steamed or boiled. The pork and prawn dumplings are delightful, with beef coming a close second. Black vinegar, soy and spicy chilli oil complete each mouthful. Portions are large, so order to share.
Also recommended are the scallion pancakes – layers of crispy golden flatbread with nuggets of scallion hidden in between. The lip-tingling, saucy Sichuan beef, served with a bowl of steamed rice, is another a superb sharing option.
Take a stroll down the Sea Point strip for a sweet ending as Hesheng doesn’t serve dessert.
A limited wine list with basic options is on offer, but corkage is available for both wine and whiskey, so it’s advisable to bring your own.
Efficient service, although it could be a bit friendlier.
The décor is an eclectic mix of salvaged, doily-covered furniture. Plastic tablecloths adorn the tables with the iconic lazy Susan revolving with your dishes.
A dumpling feast.
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