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Something's Cooking by J

Time Square Casino, 209 Aramist Avenue, Pretoria, South Africa
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Opening Information

12h00 - 23h00 Sun - Thur
12h00 - 02h00 Fri - Sat

Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Something's Cooking by J

When love and skill come together expect a slice of entertainment with a difference. J’Something brings his passion for food to life at this trendy eatery, offering a fresh twist to traditional cooking.

Enjoy some of J’s favourite dishes in a vibrant and relaxing setting. Something's Cooking by J is a home away from home. A restaurant like no other. We serve smiles and delicious food!

Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Sunday, 12 August 2018

This was a bitterly disappointing experience. The atmosphere and decor left much to be desired. The restaurant was completely empty. One would think this would afford us the luxury and privilege of extra attention. Instead we received terrible food and no indication that anyone cared about our presence. Our waiter was decent enough; but everything else was unacceptable. We ordered Bao buns for starters. They were flavourless, cold, and the buns were wet and sticky. We then had the Samurai burger for mains. The burger was so salty it was inedible. The cause of the saltiness was the supposed kimchi. The restaurant's attempt at kimchi was waterberg lettuce soaked in soya sauce. It had no crunch; it had no spice; it had no tanginess. It was just salt. We had to send it back. We gave the kitchen another chance to rectify the error. The burger came around the 2nd time and the way to rectify their mistake was simply to add more mayo and hot sauce whilst retaining the same amount of "kimchi". We informed the waiter of our dissatisfaction. Neither the chef nor the manager came to see us or apologise. This was a horrible experience. We will not be going back.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

The food was excellent. The vibe and energy was amazing. I'll definitely go there again any time.

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Visited On Sunday, 05 August 2018

I can't fault you on anything. It was my first time at the restaurant and I brought my mom along because we were celebrating Women's Day and wow, was she impressed. The service we received was outstanding and the food was divine but I need to emphasize that because of how Mpho and Kevin treated us, we'll definitely be back. Thank you once again and May God continue to bless each one of you.

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Visited On Saturday, 04 August 2018

Unfortunately a very, very poor performance. When making the reservation, the menu was available on-line. Thus we were looking forward to ordering a specific dish/es. However on the evening only a limited menu was available due to (as we were told) a large event in the arena. This should have been noted on-line. Will not be returning. Your waiters are also extremely slow...even for delivering drinks.

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Visited On Wednesday, 01 August 2018

I was so excited to eat here, however, we were very disappointed with all the food labelled J's. Also waiting for someone to notice us abd serve us was also ridiculous. It started to feel as if J merely just put his name on the menu and didnt actually check or regularly check the taste of the food. The chocolate mouse was atrocious, fancy but didn't taste nice at all, and the 'soil' tasted like actual soil... Would not recommend the place, paying a high price for a special occassion, like a birthday is fine but it should be worth every cent and this place wasn't.

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Visited On Sunday, 29 July 2018

Hi we enjoyed the food my son loved the mac and cheese. However my husband found two hairs in his food and when excallated to the waitress she just laughed about it.

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Visited On Friday, 27 July 2018

Excellent and most enjoyable as always

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Visited On Wednesday, 25 July 2018

We enjoyed being at Something Cooking by J, it was very nice the waiter was friendly and the food is affordable. Would recommend it to anyone. Keep up the good work

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Visited On Tuesday, 24 July 2018

It was my daughter's birthday, the friendly staff made her night extra special. The food was amazing ans the vibe very welcoming

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Visited On Saturday, 21 July 2018

I was really disappointed that I did put in a special request that it was my husband’s bday however I was not sent any reply to say that J something gives a personal message for birthdays and was only told at the restaurant. The food lacked flavor n by the time it got to our tables was cold as well.

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Visited On Thursday, 19 July 2018

Great excitement and anticipation was met with massively disappointing service. We were a party of 12 and were one of only 3 other tables on the night (being a Thursday night, which was somewhat surprising..). There were only 2 waiters and a barman (might have been 3, but only 2 were serving tables). We booked a table for 10 and revised the booking to 12. When we arrived, there were NO provision made for our booking and the waiters were only then moving tables around for our party, while we were waiting. Our booking was written on what appeared to be a piece of scrap paper. When eventually settling and having a look at the menus, we had to flag the waiter to come and take our drinks orders. This would be the first flagging of many to come for the night. After taking a fair bit of time to get our wine and some other drinks to the table, we were ready to order starters. Again we had to request this seeing that the waiter seemed to be doing us a massive favour in serving us. The service basically carried on like this the whole night with a culmination of events in receiving our 1920 drinks at a VERY Portuguese restaurant in a shot glass! Barman rectified after complaining and then when about to pay the bill, the waiter mentions that she has forgot to add the 1920 drinks! Frustration from beginning to end, it was the worst service we ALL experienced at a restaurant in Sun Square, well Menlyn Maine for that matter. Food was good quality, though the bad service most certainly overshadowed any silver lining on this night... Discussed our experience with the manager after the 1920 drinks debacle for what it's worth, so they can hopefully work on this for the next guests. Will not go back there and would not recommend. This was frankly an embarrassment to us all...

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Visited On Thursday, 12 July 2018

Best meal and service we have EVER had. It was absolutely amazing and will definitely be back. It was just WOW from the moment we entered until we left. Thank you so much for the awesome experience.

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Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback. Regards, Sun Share

Responded On Wednesday, 18 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 14 July 2018

This visit was a on route home from holiday kind of a visit but something my husband and I planned to do as I am a huge fan of Mi Casa(J)and his journey with food...I cant say we had expectations but we felt like it should have produced MORE than what we got. We enjoyed the food but found the pork belly to be overcooked and we felt the atmosphere was just so ordinary. I think had there maybe been more of a vibe maybe even seen J himself the night would have been a 10

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Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback. Regards, Sun Share

Responded On Wednesday, 18 July 2018
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Visited On Wednesday, 11 July 2018

We received a very warm welcome from the staff. We were attended by Nare, who was extremely friendly and constantly checked if we needed anything else.We will definitely be back.

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Responded On Wednesday, 18 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 30 June 2018

Went for this dining experience expecting to be blown away, as J is a judge on My Kitchen Rules SA and critiques people on the show. I was highly disappointed by the both meals. My girlfriends Asian slaw had no dressing and my parsnip was burnt, I had to send my meal back to be fixed up and all that was done was that the burnt just got cut off... We expected much more for the price we paid and we were bitterly disappointed. I will not be back soon after my first experience of Something's Cooking.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 June 2018

We had a nice day out with family.Lauren the Manageress was very friendly and helpful.We really enjoyed the live music. Food was okay but it pains me to say but i feel i have to be honest... DefinitelyNOT value for money,VERY OVER PRISED. Sorry guys. Other than that thank you so much for making my Dad's Birthday special and hosting us. And last but not least,Thank you Jacaranda.

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Visited On Saturday, 30 June 2018

Our waiter Phillip was awesome. The resturant was just a bit cold from the open doors and it lacked ambiance . Starters and The South African was excellent. The Portuguese was dissappointing as the meat was tough and sinuey. Cocktails and beers were great

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Visited On Sunday, 24 June 2018

Phillip, our waiter, took great care of our needs also taking into mind that this was a birthday visit.

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Visited On Friday, 29 June 2018

We really had a good time. The food was amazing. The Malva pudding stole the show.

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Responded On Tuesday, 03 July 2018
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Visited On Monday, 25 June 2018

It was great to be at the restaurant. I would personally like the staff to be more aware and deliver more prompt service. However the atmosphere and food make you feel right at home.

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Responded On Tuesday, 03 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

It was my 18th birthday and the service was unfriendly, did not make me feel any kind of special. and the food is expensive and not worth the money, sorry J very very disappointed!!

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Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback. We would love to hear more about your experience. Please send us an email on [email protected] Regards, Sun Share

Responded On Tuesday, 03 July 2018
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Visited On Friday, 22 June 2018

Was there Friday 22nd June 2018 for lunch and really great service and amazing food. Already recommended Something's Cooking by J to all my friends.

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Responded On Tuesday, 03 July 2018
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Visited On Saturday, 23 June 2018

We were a party of 8. Our food was not brought out at the same time. As a result some got their food after others had finished eating. The fish had a bad smell and was returned to the kitchen. The service was generally slow and a let down.

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Dear Guest, Thank you for your feedback. We would love to hear more about your experience. Please send us an email on [email protected] Regards, Sun Share

Responded On Tuesday, 03 July 2018
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Visited On Sunday, 17 June 2018

Great Father’s Day meal

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Responded On Tuesday, 03 July 2018
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Visited On Friday, 15 June 2018

Absolutely amazing.

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Responded On Tuesday, 03 July 2018
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