This man is unstoppable, literally. From musician, to restaurateur J’Something is constantly evolving. You will most likely know J (real name Joao da Fonseca) as the front man for SA super group Mi Casa, and most recently as the owner, and chef of his exceedingly popular restaurant in Time Square – called – you guessed it Something’s Cooking.
J moved from Portugal with his family when he was 7 years old, his father took a post at The Fish River Sun in the Eastern Cape as the Food & Beverage manager, and J has been involved in food all his life. Being Portuguese of course there was always loads of food, tasty, good food – and J’s passion started at an early age.
His day off – which is a Monday, is spent creating, experimenting and cooking from his heart, in his kitchen at home.
J prides himself on offering an experience when you join him at his restaurant – to feel his emotion, enjoy fantastic service and feel like you are at home. A home away from home, if you will.
And this he does get spot on. I joined a team of fellow media for dinner at this acclaimed restaurant last night – for a 10 course, yes 10 courses, of delicious food! Why 10 you may ask. Well, it kind of gives you a great idea of the entire menu – small bits of everything.
We kicked off with sharing boards (and J loves the sharing idea, a big bowl in the middle of the table and everyone just dives in and shares – the food, their stories and their passions) Olives, cold meats, breads, spreads and his killer deep fried mac and cheese – I have heard so much about it, and it was delicious!
The lamb feast – also a sharing concept – was truly tasty. Shredded slow cooked lamb done to perfection, served with hummus, salad and cumin breads.
Main courses are varied and there is something for everyone – Poutuguese chicken (just a heads up, this is bladdy hot), pork belly ramen broth bowl and The Catch, a fish dish created by J specifically for Hugh Masikela – legendary South African trumpter.
Btw, the menu changes every three month, so no excuse not to keep visiting!
Expect a mixture of J’s Portuguese roots, his South African upbringing, and anything and everything that grabs his attention, but most of all it’s created with love.
One of the things that really impressed me that J is not only in the kitchen overseeing his team, but also takes the time to go from table to table, greeting diners, asking them how they are doing – and posing for photographs. Accessible. That’s the word. I think often we see these famous people and forget that they too, are just human, and the joy of being able to talk to someone famous is a huge deal for most people. J makes time for that. That makes him cool.
“At Something’s Cooking all I want is to create a memorable experience for you, your friends, and your family. Its a place where I want the food to create conversation, laughter, and happy memories. Its core foundation is sharing, so come hungry and come with your people. I sincerely look forward to hosting you with my incredible team.” says J.
Find out more about J’Something on his website here