Location : 7th Street , Linden , Johannesburg
Telephone : 011 782 1736
Facebook : Pron
Some days are just accidents waiting to happen. On this particular one we arrived at an event a week early! Upon discovering that we had showed up on the wrong day, we decided we could not waste a perfectly good evening. We were in the Randburg area so Linden was an obvious choice because there are always gems popping up. We drove along 7th street and decided to try PRON as we had heard so much about it.
The decor is very kitsch but in a perfectly wonderful way. The wooden tables are laid with plastic floral table cloths and the chairs are comfortable. I loved that there are strategically placed shelves filled with an eclectic selection of Chinese memorabilia. It was fun looking at everything and the odd items proved to be a great conversation starter. They have a nice outdoor area as well and one can definitely imagine this pairs well with lazy boozy lunches.
The menu is small but makes up for this with the interesting selection. There are about 12 tapas dishes, 12 noodles dishes and the hand-break bread. We ordered the following items:
Hand-Break Bread – Loved this bread! It was warm, flaky, dotted with herbs and quite moreish.
Chashao Pork Slices – This plate stole the show for us. The pork was cooked till perfectly tender and the outer edges thinly coated in an amazing sauce.
Sichuan Chilli Chicken Noodles – The noodles themselves were quite tasty and it came with interesting accompaniments but the broth could have had a bit more dimension to tie everything together. We would definitely like to try the other noodle dishes.
Pigs Ear Salad – This is officially the most adventurous salad we have ever tried. The waitress assured us it was a best seller so we ordered it without too much thought. I’m not sure what we were expecting but the texture completely threw us. Pig ears are extremely crunchy and made up,mostly, of cartilage. Seems pretty obvious now, when you really think about it. The salad was pretty good and included coriander and chilli, but we preferred the salad with the chashao pork rather than the pig ears.
This was no run of the mill Chinese restaurant and we really appreciated the difference. We will definitely be back for one of those lunches 😉 and cant wait to try the rest of their dishes.