Where would musician, celebrity cook, My Kitchen Rules judge and restaurateur J’Something go for the best Portuguese food?
Born in Portugal, J’Something has always stayed true to his roots, and much of the food he cooks or writes about reflects the flavours of his birthplace. But where would he go in South Africa for the best Portuguese fare? “Having Portuguese food in South Africa is a tricky one for me,” he says, “because I am yet to find a place that does it like it is done in Portugal.” He would normally mostly eat Portuguese-type food at home, but there are two places he visits that satisfies his cravings: Restaurante Parreirinha in La Rochelle, in the south of Johannesburg, and Adega in Bedfordview.
On his regular return visits to Portugal, he’s always on the lookout for excellent food. “It’s tricky to say where to eat in Portugal is the best, because each area offers such unique dishes. For example, if you want real Portuguese chicken ,you have to go to the Algarve, to a town called Guia, where you will find a restaurant called Tio Dosio,” he explains. “If you want the best pastéis de nata, you have to go to Lisbon to a place called Manteigaria. If you want to have really good wine, and especially port, you’ve got to go to Porto. There is a port distillery called Fonseca that I really like.”
J’Something will be showing off his cooking skills at the DStv Delicious Festival that takes place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit this weekend. You’ll find him in the DStv Foodie Lounge.