A couple of months ago, I started hearing a lot about ‘Jimmy Grants’. No clue who it was and what it was but all I knew was I had to go visit! Turns out Jimmy Grant is one of George Calombaris new ventures, an afford fast-food joint serving fresh salads and Souvalakis. I also found it very interesting how they came up with the name, on their website they said “Whether you were from Greece, Italy or the Middle East, we were all called ‘Jimmy Grant’. And I can kind of relate to that because my teachers always thought I was related to another ‘Wong’.
Joining other eateries in Fitzroy the restaurant is located on Saint David Street, one of the side streets off Smith St. I visited a couple of weeks ago with fellow bloggers Libby and David 🙂 It’s quite easy to miss Jimmy Grants because it doesn’t really have a large sign, but just remember the large blue neon plus and minus sign then you’re at the right place. I also found it amusing where the sticker says ‘Touch Jimmy to open door’ and I was foolish enough to do that and the door actually opened! I’m pretty sure it’s just a sensor but still thought it was a good gimmick.
Jimmy Grants is a fairly small restaurant with minimal tables with more bar stools and benches, there’s a no booking policy so I highly recommend going early or if its too busy get takeaway as it does get quite crowded. Oh and there’s a little side story, I arrived at Jimmy Grants a little early and while I was looking for David someone called out ‘Daisy!’ I turned around to see someone vaguely familiar working behind the counter. Turns out it was George who went to Uni with Mr Bao and he’s been working for George Calombaris group for 4 years! What a small world ~
The menu is quite small, with a couple of Souvalakis, plated dishes, salads, snacks and desserts. Even though they don’t have a lot to choose from they do the dishes very well! We started off by sharing the chips with feta cheese, the chips were piping hot and had a good crunch and the crumble feta cheese gave it the much needed saltiness, a great dish to share amongst friends.
We then ordered a Grain Salad and I didn’t expect much because I didn’t expect Jimmy Grants to serve really good salads as I thought they were more focused on Souvalakis. But they definitely proved me wrong, the Grain salad was a mixture of pulses, nuts, grains, seeds, herbs and a dollop of yoghurt. It was actually quite addictive to eat and I felt instantly healthier 🙂 I would even go back just for this salad hehe
The last thing we shared was the Steamed Jimmy Dimmy’s, another strange item to be find on the menu but I’ve heard good things. And sure even they did not disappoint it had a pork mince filling and served with an olive oil soy sauce. Definitely not the traditional type of Dim Sim but was still lovely.
Time for the Souvas as they’re called here 🙂
Because I don’t eat lamb I decided to go with the Nonna Maria with chicken, mustard aioli, chips, onions and parsley wrapped in a pita bread. The first thing I realised as soon as I picked up the souvalaki was how dry it was and not the bit greasy. I found the pita bread was thicker than the ones I’ve had before, the chicken inside was lovely with a slight chargrill flavour and chips gave it some more texture and even more filling.
David ordered Mr Papadopoulos which was very much like my Nonna Marie, but the chicken was substituted with the lamb. It still had the tasty mustard aioli and chips. David seemed to really enjoy his souvalaki and also commented that it was filling but not greasy 🙂 Unfortunately, I didn’t take a good picture of Libby’s souvalaki but it was a ‘The Bonegilla’ which is the same as ours but a combination of lamb and chicken ~ I know that’s what Mr Bao would want to order!
So relieved that they have dessert options here at Jimmy Grants, quite a few actually. George highly recommended the donuts ~ They were deep fried, coated in a sweet sticky syrup and inside was a dense but most centre. They’re so different from normal doughnuts more like fried dumplings and so delicious! And such a good price 6 donuts for only $6.
George knows how much I like sweets and also told me to buy a Jimmy’s wheel to take home with me. I wasn’t too sure what to expect but many people on Instagram told me that i’d like it. And you will see why once you see what’s inside 😀
It’s basically Jimmy Grant’s version of a Wagon wheel, it’s two chocolate biscuits sandwiched in between was raspberry marshmallow and to top it off peanut butter and jam filling! How can you not like this! I do admit it might be a little too rich and sweet for some so many share it with someone 😛
I really enjoyed our meal at Jimmy Grants, all the dishes were wonderful and most importantly very affordable, all this food cost less than $20 per person. Definitely another cheap and cheery place to add to your list and Mr Bao has nagged me about taking him there ~