Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen is a Cape Town restaurant with a deliberate Eastern bent – think spring rolls, tempura, dim sum and sushi. The kitchen embraces Japanese, Vietnamese, Mongolian, Chinese, Indonesian and Thai cooking through a wide variety of dishes, while vegetarians are well catered for.

Did you know?

The original Chef Pon, after whom the restaurant is named, moved on to run another restaurant in Cape Town some years back. Still on good terms with the current owner, Pon’s name continues to headline this well-established eatery.

Chef Pon’s Asian Kitchen in Mill Street, Gardens, has become somewhat of a Cape Town institution, having been in existence in the Mother City for over a decade. With this depth of experience, the restaurant knows well what appeals to its customers, and has perfected a menu that has something for every taste, and enough variety to keep diners returning.

The Asian cuisine here crosses many countries of the Orient – the eatery employs chefs from the East who work their magic with Chinese, Thai, Indonesian and Japanese dishes. Vietnamese, Mongolian and Singaporean dishes are also found on the extensive and fairly priced menu.

The starters feature spring rolls, satays, tempuras, dim sum and wontons, while the soup menu includes traditional favourites like tom yam khung (hot and spicy soup) and tofu miso soup.

For mains, try the sweet and sour chicken, Cantonese chicken and cashew nuts, or the angry duck. There's also beef mandarin and Thai beef curry, as well as a wide seafood selection. Vegetarian, noodle and rice dishes are plentiful, and for a local slant, there are some lamb and ostrich choices.

The restaurant uses the well-known Asian system of one to three chillies to indicate the heat and spiciness of dished. Be warned that the jungle curry is the hottest of the lot.

Chef Pon’s offers a wine list, and also keeps a stock of Asian beer, which it suggests is a better accompaniment to its menu.

This restaurant is relaxed, a place to let your hair down, and great for an evening out with a group of friends.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen
Tel: +27 (0)21 465 5846

Around the area

There are numerous attractions in the area. Book yourself an open-top bus tour of the city of Cape Town.

Tours to do

Book a Malay cooking safari in the Bo-Kaap.

What will it cost

Average main course is around R80 to R90. There is a corkage fee of R40 per bottle of wine.

What to pack

The place is pretty relaxed, so formal wear is not necessary.

Where to stay

If you're feeling flush, why not stay at the famous Mount Nelson Hotel – a Cape Town landmark? There is also the Pepper Club hotel on Long Street, and numerous B&Bs and boutique hotels in the area.

What to eat

The Mongolian lamb is a winner, while Chef Pon's does a superb green curry.