Red Chamber

6 Reviews
Phone Number 0113256048 Opening Hours

Monday to Sunday 12.30pm to 10pm

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Menu - Red Chamber - Menu - Updated July 2018


R130 avg main meal
Corkage R78
R130 avg main meal
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Accepts credit cards, Booking required, Dinner, Food, Functions, Licensed, Lunch, Parking, Takeaways, Vegetarian, Wheelchair

Critic's review

  • Ambience
  • Service
  • Food

Steve Steinfeld

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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(August 2018)

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User reviews

6 Reviews
    Haven't been to red chamber for a while. The food seemed to be going downhill. So was very please to find they seem to have turned it around. Today's meal was a welcome return to form. The chicken three ways was excellent, as were the pork chops. Excellent, fast efficient service. I'll be back again from now on.
    We had our first meal at Red Chamber since they moved to new position in Hyde Park Centre. The meal was disappointing, duck was tough, kingklip was mushy and stir fried veg swimming in water. Also, all dishes lacked flavor.
    This used to be one of my absolute favourite restaurants in Joburg but it has declined in the last 5 years. I even used to celebrate my birthdays here. The food has become bland and is not as well prepared as it used to be. For instance, the crispy seawood had huge lumps of uncooked sugar in it. The garlic&chilli beef was dry and tough. The Peking duck was dry but not crisp. The service is the same. I like the waiters- quick and efficient. The place could use an update, but at the same time, it isn't shabby. When I first started going to this restaurant about 10 years ago, it was always packed and you couldn't hope to get in without a reservation. I think the fact that it isn't shows that people agree with me.

    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.

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