Recently I took a trip down to Pretoria East to the Sun International’s new property in Menlyn called Time Square, to try out a new spot called Something’s Cooking By J. I was joined by my two gorgeous girlfriends Helen and Sade, who thankfully don’t make me feel like I like food as much as I actually do.
As usual, we began with starters which were: petiscos which is a traditional Portuguese platter filled with fresh bread (which was hard), rissois de camarao (prawn cakes), 18-day marinated olives, thinly sliced imported presunto, pickled carrots, sardine paste and fresh goat’s cheese. Also included was Deep Fried Mac ‘n Cheese Dip which are delicious treats that came with a killer pronto and fondue sauce.
The not so fresh bread that we ordered, after I complained about it, was dealt with really quickly when J himself came to our table in his usual smooth tactic asking how everything was, new bread was served on the table in less than 1 minute.
For mains, I ordered Pork Belly Ramen which literally is a meal you have to eat as if nobody is watching! And yes, there is crackling. It’s a delicious bowl of broth with fresh noodles and a slice of slow-roasted pork belly with fresh scallions, ginger, chilli, kale and a soft-boiled egg.
To drink we ordered Louis 57 Sauvignon Blanc wine which was light, fresh and delicate on the palate. It was beautifully balanced with a passion fruit and gooseberry flavour that ended with a lingering finish. Not to mentioned the very decent price tag.
As for dessert, I sadly was way too full to try some. I just had a decaf expresso which they unfortunately haven’t exactly learned how to master it just yet as it tasted burnt.
I got home soon after and the following day googled the restaurant just to understand it better and I found the following description of the restaurant by J: it is a mixture between my Portuguese roots, my South African upbringing, and my latest obsessions such as Japanese cuisine and healthy alternatives. Which honestly is the best way to sum up the lovely new spot.