The quirky name of this restaurant should be enough to tell you this will not be your bog standard Chinese fare. If you’re expecting sweet and sour pork with fried rice you’re going to be sorely disappointed, because the People’s Republic of Noodles is exactly that. A small menu consisting of tapas starters and noodle mains.
We went there on a Wednesday night with a table of 14. We were extremely well recieved and an effort was made to make us feel comfortable, with the owner herself sorting out an extra table for us. It’s always fantastic to see management being active and making sure everything is running smoothly. She was available and attentive the whole way through the meal, making an effort to answer our questions regarding the dishes.
The alcohol list is slightly limited with only Chinese beer available and a small selection of red and white wines.
We ordered a selection of 4 tapas and 4 mains which were shared between 5 people. This was more than enough to ensure everyone was satisfied.
We ordered the spicy brinjal salad, hand-break bread, beef shin salad and chashao pork slices for starters. The starters are priced between R45-60. Most were quite spicy so if you’re not a lover of heat this may be a problem. The hand-break bread is almost like a naan bread and is served with chilli oil which is extremely flavoursome and not to hot. The chashao pork was well cooked with a sweet flavour. I didn’t really enjoy the spicy brinjal salad which is basically just strips of mushy brinjal.
For mains we again shared. The portions are large however the vast majority is made up of one variety of noodles with sometimes tiny amounts of meat and veg. I can honestly say the only dish that made an impression on me was the Sichuan Chilli Chicken Noodles and that was because of the delicious pickles that come with the dish. They are both perfectly sweet and sour and make this dish a winner. Comparatively I found that none of the other dishes were particularly memorable with each having loads of the same noodles and not much else. The mains are reasonably priced at R85.
For dessert we had bowties and Chinese tea. The restaurant also offers a very untraditional selection of lemon tart and chilli chocolate cake. Although I didn’t try them I was told that the lemon tart tasted a day old and the cake had a strange spicy flavour which was not particularly pleasant. Maybe best to stick to the classics then!
Overall not a bad experience but I won’t rush back. I am slightly biased since Asian food isn’t my favourite but for an adventurous person who likes Asian food and isn’t expecting your standard Chinese dishes, this is a nice spot to try.
Overall rating 3/5