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Since 1989, Emma Chen’s Red Chamber has been cooking up Authentic Asian fair in the heart of Hyde Park.
With a commitment to MSG-free cooking, dedication to quality produce and a celebration of herbs and spices, it’s no surprise Red Chamber keeps Joburg coming back for beautifully fragrant, fresh and tasty authentic Chinese cuisine.
In line with Chinese customs, it’s best advised that guests share a variety of dishes – as the menu explains – to achieve harmony of taste, texture, colour and aroma. Start with a selection of dim sum and starters – the crispy sesame prawn toast and flaky spring onion thin pastry are must-haves; add the spicy cucumber salad for a fresh and zingy side. Moving onto mains, the signature peking duck with paper-thin pancakes, julienne cucumbers and sweet and sticky plum sauce is a great dish for sharing, with everyone wrapping up the tender slithers of duck – complete with crunchy skin and beautifully rendered fat – with the fresh greens and a dash of the sweet sauce. The crispy beef tossed in ginger garlic and chilli sauce is too a flavour explosion and another taste of what Red Chamber does so well, beautiful simple food packed with flavour and texture. Pair the sweet and sticky dish with a bowl of egg fried rice.
The extensive menu also caters to the health-conscious and vegetarians, with dedicated sections each offering numerous health and veg dishes. End off the meal with one of the beautiful Chinese teas. It’s also worth asking about their special duck and crab nights, which happen sporadically throughout the year.
A carefully considered wine list of popular local wines and a few champagnes all chosen for their ability to complement the food and flavours on offer.
The mainly Chinese team of waiters and waitresses are well-versed on the menu, happy to offer recommendations and point out signature dishes. Food arrives hot and timeously.
A contemporary and modern space that pays homage to the restaurant’s authenticity, with touches of Chinese detailing and red accents.
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Dear Emma. Your staff, floor and kitchen, have once again let you and the reputation of your establishment down. I was taken there last night as a birthday present. A great disappointment. The food was below average and the service just deteriorated over the course of the evening. This is the second time that I have experienced below average standards within a very short period of time and I feel I should make you aware of the fact that The Red Chamber is no longer a great place to go for a Chinese meal. Great pity.
We ate at the Red Chamber last night (June 2013). Very good service. Sue was our waitress. Food was excellent. Deep fried calamari with black bean and one of the prawn dishes. The calamari was better than the prawns. We ordered off the chefs recommendations. Quick service. Very attentive. Look forward to trying out some other dishes.