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Ando: We were fortunate to be there on the Grand Opening of this new restaurant. J’s Kitchen Steak House opened up during the Cabramatta Moon Festival and was faced with extremely long lines. Welcoming flowers lined the stairs that stretched all the way to the beverage counter. As we set foot in the main dining area, the place was bustling and we were quick enough to grab a table for five that was only meant to seat four. The faces of staff looked so familiar and we later found out that the management and staff are all from Cook’s Hill Hotel. It was no wonder they managed to keep up with crowd demands especially on their first day.

Other than a giant portrait of the Hong Kong skyline, the furnishings were very simple. The menu was also simple and only had a few items but this certainly accommodated the lightning speed of food delivery. Cooks Hill Hotel originally had the $10 menu but this was increased to $15 during Fridays and Saturdays. That has changed and both Cooks Hill Hotel and J’s Kitchen Steak House both offer their $10 menu 7 days a week 10am to 10pm. It was nice to see that management introduced a few new dishes. On this occasion, 1 free beverage was provided with every meal purchased. I assume this free drink offer might go on throughout their opening celebration period. After lining up and putting through our orders at the counter, we were given a buzzer and it only took a few minutes before we could collect our dishes.

Being a steakhouse, Mamma and Pappa Lam ordered Steak cooked well done served with Pepper Sauce. B also ordered Steak with Pepper Sauce but liked hers medium. Choice of sauce, chips and salad are all included. You can’t expect much from a $10 meal but all three were slightly disappointed at the portion of steak compared to Cooks Hill Hotel where the cut was thicker and more chips were served. Maybe it was just today. I’m not a fan of their salad dressing and could not finish mine. I was the only one though. I love my salad fresh with dressings that are light and the salad here are just too sweet and creamy for my liking. If you do not like the dressing, you can order your meal without it. Customising the set menu with anything else for example no chips and all salad will end up costing $15.

I ordered the Calamari Rings and I should not have expected too much! As I bit into the rings, I knew that this was not typical crumbed calamari rings! Then it dawned on me that tiny portions of calamari have been mixed with other elements to create the circular/ring structure. That’s what you get for a $10 calamari dish served with sauce, salad and chips!

Belle ordered the Chicken Fillet with Mushroom Sauce. A few more spoonfuls of sauce would be preferred considering two pieces of chicken on top of each other but other than that, the chicken was tender and moist.

I suggest you steer as far away as possible from the Battered Fish ‘N’ Chips. The quality of the fish was awfully low and the texture was extremely mushy. It was exhausting to consume.

The Kransky Sausage was a delightful dish to have. It came with three large sausages and all of them had a lovely smoked flavour. I would definitely reorder this!

The Pork Chops was delicious. I wouldn’t order it again but overall it wasn’t a bad dish.

The Lamb Loin Chops was too chewy and certainly not a good cut. Wouldn’t recommend.

The Spaghetti Bolognese did not look appetising but was surprisingly delectable. I would choose this over the Battered Fish, Calamari, Pork Chops and Lamb Loin Chops.

J’s Kitchen Steak House also have Garlic Bread ($2.50/ 6 pieces). Below is a plate of 12 pieces. The pieces were tiny and there wasn’t butter and garlic. You wouldn’t be missing out on anything if you didn’t order this.

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96 John Street, Cabramatta, NSW 2166

Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday 10am – 10pm

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