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Swallows Inn Chinese Restaurant

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6 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
+27 11 838 2946
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

My family and I have been going to Swallows Inn for as long as I can remember. It's is popular amongst the local Chinese community (and patrons have been eating here for many generations). Its an old restaurant that has not refurbished itself for many years so try and get a seating upstairs as downstairs seating is quite claustrophobic. Everything... More 

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Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

I went to Swallows Inn for the first time with my parents for Sunday Lunch on the 17th April 2016. The food was good, yet the ambience of the restaurant was actually not great at all and seemed very sloppy indeed. It did not personally give me the repuation of what a restaurant should be. If you go to a... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Reviewed 21 January 2016

I was taken here for the first time with a fried, his mother brought him here for the first time about 35years ago, even though this is in old town Joburg, its worth the drive and adventure, They defnitly make the best Chinese in Joburg, dont be frightened off by the exterior, or the interior, they have come a long... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015

I have abounding fond memories feasting at this historical prominent restaurant growing up - celebrating birthdays, weddings and many, many family meals. The interior space and decor both upstairs and downstairs of the restaurant is very basic and dated. But let this not deter you from eating here. My all time go-to favourites: Crispy garlic and chilli calamari, wonton noodles... More 

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Thank finesse1
Joburg
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Reviewed 23 May 2015 via mobile

This traditional Chinese restaurant in old China town down town Johannesburg will remind you of the 1960 and 1970. The reasons are simple in that nothing has changed. The quality of the food is true and original, the prices are very very cheep, The sad reality is that life has moved on and that the restaurant is in need of... More 

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Reviewed 28 December 2012

We have been patronizing this restaurant since I was a child. I am now 33. The chicken and beef chow mein and chop suey are my favorite in the world. The sweet corn soup is marvellous. Everything is served quickly and efficiently.

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Reviewed 22 September 2012

This is my favourite Chinese restaurant in Johannesburg, not so much because of the decor (there isn't any), but rather because of the high quality of the food, the history and authenticity of the restaurant, and the exterior - which, for a split second, might make you think that you're about to enter a 1920s opium den.

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  • Address: 6 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg 2001, South Africa
  • Location: Africa  >  South Africa  >  Gauteng  >  Greater Johannesburg  >  Johannesburg
  • Phone Number: +27 11 838 2946

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