My favourite family-friendly restaurant in Menlyn Mall

Are you looking for a restaurant in Pretoria that has a play area for kids? John Dorys Fish, Grill, Sushi in Menlyn Mall is the perfect restaurant for the entire family especially if you are a seafood lover!

The restaurant offers something for everyone!

I’ve been eating at the John Dorys restaurant for years because my family and I really enjoy seafood, however, this was our first visit to the Menlyn Mall branch.

About John Dorys Fish, Grill, Sushi

The legend of the first John Dorys emanates from the coastal waters of Durban in 1996, currently, the brand boasts 46 restaurants nationally.

Find your nearest branch here.

JD’s specialises in seafood; sushi & grills. They are all about fun, great taste, and excellent value for the whole family.

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John Dory’s takes pride in its relationship with The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI), realising how vital responsible – fishing practices are to our depleted ocean resources.

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The weird thing has I never liked sushi until I fell pregnant with Kitana.

I remember the first time I tried sushi with Vije, I almost gagged… but things changed during my pregnancy because sushi became one of my biggest cravings.

It seems like all that sushi had an effect on Kitana because now she absolutely loves it. If she could help it, she would eat it every day…

Ever since we found out about her allergies, we’ve tried to cut her down on soy which has been the hardest transition for her since she loves soy sauce so we do allow her to indulge once in a while as suggested by her dietician. Kitana is also a fussy eater with expensive taste. The only place she eats prawns is at John Dorys, so when the brand contacted me with an opportunity to review their branch, I knew I couldn’t say no.

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We decided to make it a day out in Pretoria and explore the revamp of the mall which by the way looks great!

My first impression of the restaurant:

I have 3 kids… that means that I have to always look for a family friendly restaurant that has some activities to keep the bigger kids busy.

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John Dorys Menlyn really impressed me!

The setup of the restaurant is stunning. It’s inviting, spacious, neat and modern.

They have a section for the kids to enjoy plus they have a baby changing room that is extremely neat and even has bum cream, wet wipes, and toys to entertain your little one while you change him or her.

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The customer service was great and the plating of the food really stood out for me compared to their other branches. You can see that this branch really pays attention to detail.

What I loved:

The sushi and prawns are always a hit at John Dorys!

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You need to try these out:


  • Milkshakes

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Sushi Menu:

  • Seared Salmon Salad – It’s fresh and light. (Chopped cucumber, salmon, and avo stacked and topped with kewpie mayo and sesame seeds.)

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  • Prawn Tempura – My favorite. (Prawns dipped in tempura batter, rolled in crispy tempura flakes and delicately deep-fried. Served with sweet chill sauce.)
  • Salmon Roses (Salmon wrapped around rice and topped with avo, kewpie mayo, and caviar.)
  • Prawn Avalanche – This is so YUM! (A Californian roll with prawn filling, topped with half a tempura-rolled prawn and spicy mayo sauce.)


  • Chicken Livers (Pan-fried in a lemon, herb and peri-peri sauce and finished with cream. Served with a warm Maputo roll.)
  • Cheesy Prawn Tails (6 prawn tails cooked in garlic butter and JD’s specially seasoned creamy white sauce, topped with mixed cheese and oven-baked. Served with slices of Maputo roll.)


  • Prawn Platter

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  • Portuguese Steak (Class A beef on a bed of creamy peri-peri, sliced chorizo sausage, and red onions. Topped with an egg and 3 onion rings.)

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  • Caramel Cream Pie (Chocolate short crust pastry filled with vanilla cream, topped with fresh whipped cream and caramel core, finished off with crushed coconut macaroons.)

  • Chocolate Mousse Cake (Smooth chocolate mousse layered over a moist chocolate cake with white and dark chocolate flakes.)

What you need to know about John Dorys at Menlyn Mall:

  • The Menlyn branch has a dedicated area for the kids that offers face painting and gaming.
  • They have childminders available.
  • The branch offers free sand art with every kid’s meal ordered.
  • You can host a kiddies birthday party at the branch!
  • Service is fast, especially for kiddie meals.
  • John Dorys offers crayons and activity sheets for the kids.
  • They have a sushi go round.
  • They provide high chairs.
  • Helpful managers on duty.

John Dorys always has specials available! Here are a few that you need to know about:

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I will definitely be visiting this branch again. Honestly, I have no complaints. We really enjoyed our family day out at Menlyn Mall thanks to John Dorys!

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