Red Chamber

Emma Chen opened Red Chamber in 1989, named after one of China's greatest novels. In a roomy restaurant in Hyde Park Corner (book a round table and spin the lazy susan), with tables spilling into the walkway (good for family meals as the kids get to run around in plain sight plus) the menu offers up a range of unforgettable Mandarin-style dishes striving for a harmony of tastes, textures and aromas.

Famous for spicy cucumber salad with chilli and garlic, Peking Duck and sizzling plates, just to name a few dishes, this is one restaurant worth heading to a shopping centre for. The service is efficient and the restaurant has a no MSG policy.

Emma Chen also has a second Joburg restaurant, the casual noodle spot People's Republic of Noodles (PRON) in Linden, where she serves up a simple menu of classic northern Chinese noodle bowls and other typically northern Chinese small plates such as handbreak bread.

Q&A 5 minutes with Head Chef Emma Chen
Name: Emma Chen
From: Taichung, Taiwan

Your favourite ingredient? Bean paste.

Your signature dish? Peking Duck.

Your favourite kitchen tool? Chopsticks.

Why Joburg? Johannesburg is my home away from home.

Share one summer food trend with us: Sharing assorted starters (tapas dishes) instead of mains.

A dish you'd like to master: Short crust apple flan

The dish you are most likely to make when you get home from work: Noodles in soup.

The best drink pairing for any meal: Chrysanthemum tea in summer, oolong tea in winter.


Red Chamber is a 10-minute drive from the Rosebank Gautrain station. See our guide to the Gautrain here and download the Gautrain app for real-time updates on when the next Gautrain and Gautrain midi-bus is due. Visit for more information on the timetable and fares. #YourGautrainJourneyStartsHere


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Facilities for disabled
Guarded parking



Open 12:00–22:00. Closed Mon.
Holiday Dates – Closed 25 Dec, 2022, 1 & 2 Jan, 2023

Price/Additional Info

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