After running Red Chamber, one of the best Chinese restaurants in Johannesburg for 25 years, Owner and Head Chef, Emma Chen, decided to go back to her roots and open a new restaurant that would pay homage to the tastes of her childhood. PRON (People's Republic of Noodles) was thus launched in 2015. Emma's parents came from the North of China (while rice comes from the South) and she was brought up on noodles and bread, instead of rice.
Other than the occasional wedding banquets that she and her family attended, most of the time they would frequent eateries which serve a few tapas type of dishes (literally called “small dishes”), some hot and some cold. To her, this was the food for the people.
The abundant use of spring onion, coriander, garlic, chilli and Sichuan peppercorns in the Northern food means that dishes are strong in flavour, yet refreshing at the same time. PRON focuses on another kind of authentic Chinese cuisine by serving casual street food style dishes. There is nothing deep-fried in batter, no sweet and sour sauces and no spring rolls. All the bread and noodles used in the dishes are made in the kitchen at PRON to ensure great quality. Emma mentions that her favourites dishes include the Green Bean Salad and the Hard Break Bread.
The interior at PRON is bright, colourful and nostalgic. Soft mint green walls provide a fresh backdrop and beautiful wooden tables and chairs fill the restaurant. Box-like shelving across one wall is filled with childhood toys and knick-knacks - slinkies, colourful fly swatters, Chinese pencils, smiley face balloons, white paper lanterns and traditional hand-held fans. On another shelf sit traditional Chinese condiments and cookware.
We invite you to take this journey with us and challenge your taste buds.
Head southwest on N1 Western Bypass (toll road) and take exit 80 for 14th Avenue toward M8. Continue on the 14th Avenue which will merge onto Weltevreden Road for 1.3km. At the T-junction of Pendoring Road take the 3rd exit onto Weltevreden Road. Continue on Weltevreden Road for about 1.7km and then turn right onto Republic Road/M20. Continue to follow M20 and then turn right onto 7th Street. PRON restaurant will be on the right.
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69, 7th Street
Monday - Saturday:
12:00 - 15:00 & 17:30 - 22:00