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Chef Pon's Asian Kitchen

$$ - $$$
City Bowl
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12 Mill Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 465 5846
18:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 18:00 - 22:00
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a birthday dinner. The service was friendly. I ordered a delicious interesting mocktail. To start we had a mixed platter with the usual springrolls,tempura prawns and satay. I must say though when it was the asian kitchen the food was a lot more refined and tasty. I had the duck with pancakes. It was nice. Everybody enjoyed their... More 

Thank InezzPatel
Knysna, South Africa
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89 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We recently visited Chef Pon's Asian kitchen. We had a cross section of meals which average but not great. Liked the fact that they offered Singha Beer but not that it came in a lipstick covered glass. Service ok, nothing wow.

Thank Kirsty45
Johannesburg, South Africa
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16 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Best Asian food! Even if we don't have enough time for a sit down, we will order from chef pons. Love this Asian food

Thank vangovender
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have eaten at Chef Pon's before and the food was always good quality. My last visit in February 2017 was disappointing to say the least. The service was average and the food was poor quality. This restaurant needs a reboot.

Thank Rodger N
Sandton, South Africa
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228 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017 via mobile

We went there and ate starter and main course. Unfortunately we were under the impression that the sauces tasted like cheap one's out of bottles. E.g. Chicken Satay with peanut sauce. I missed the peanut taste. The Chicken Sweet and Sour tasted like tomato sauce. The service was weird and the beer variety rediculous.

Thank Susanne412
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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87 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I used to love going to Chef Pons, and haven't been in years. We were in town on Tuesday night so decided to stop there. Not much has changed decor-wise, and it was quite full. We had the crispy duck pancakes, the coconut prawns and Mongolian beef. Look the food is nice, but not great. And it's not too cheap... More 

Thank Champagnia
Cape Town Central, South Africa
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507 reviews
313 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 260 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

I've been eating at Chef Pon's for 20 years now (NOT every day!!) & have tried everything on the menu in that time. I've always been pleased & happy both with the quality of the food, the service & the prices. Staff are always pleasant & helpful.

Thank Marguerite W
Western Australia, Australia
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4 reviews
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Based on previous reviews we thought this place was going to be good. We walked in and sat down, first impression very dark and dated. Ordered soups (high salt content not eatable), jungle curry ( high salt content not eatable), Singapore noodles (eatable but strange grainy taste), prawn bread (eatable but oily), basil prawns (no taste, sugary and highly salted).... More 

Thank Claire0008
Woodford, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Decided to try this place as we were staying in a hotel nearby. The starters - satay skewers were overcooked and dry and spring rolls overcooked and hard. The duck with the pancakes was very dry also and we felt that perhaps it had all been reheated. Our main courses were very average and we felt that the overall cost... More 

Thank OllieLady
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

This little gem is my favorite for an Authentic Thai treat. It doesn't get closer than real Thai outside of Thailand. I have tried just about every dish and could recommend them all. Only if you feeling brave choose the hot options because the dishes can pack serious heat. If you have a sensitive palate insist on no chilli. I... More 

Thank Mike S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Chinese, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
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Open Hours
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
18:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 12 Mill Street | Gardens, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Western Cape  >  Cape Town  >  Cape Town Central>  > City Bowl
  • Neighbourhood: City Bowl
  • Phone Number: +27 21 465 5846

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?