Jimmy Grants, Fitzroy

by dylan on February 13, 2014

Storefront

Storefront

Keeping with our ethos for this Melbourne trip we walked the 2km from our hotel up to Fitzroy to check out George Calombaris and George Sykiotis’ souvlaki bar for a fitting lunch before an evening of drinking. Situated in a fairly nondescript building just off Smith Street in Fitzroy you could easily walk right by it and be none the wiser.

When inside you get the feeling they have put as much effort into an effortless looking fit out as they have the food. It fits the bill so well, Modern Greek melded with old school souvlaki bar.

Murray’s Angry Man Pale Ale ($8.50) and Holly’s Garden Ramato ($8.00).

Souva and beer are pretty much a perfect combination but which beer would go best? I was going stick with the cuisine and get a Greek beer, the Mythos or the Fix, but seeing a Murray’s on the menu pretty much made my intentions invalid. I love a good pale ale and the Angry Man is one of my favourites, nice malts and only slightly fruity hops. For Lex the easiest choice was to ask the bar what they recommended. The Holly’s Garden Ramato was firmly suggested and it was definitely a good call. A pinot gris produced with some skin contact, it was light, zesty and super cold, perfect for our souva.

Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale and Holly's Garden Ramato

Murray's Angry Man Pale Ale and Holly's Garden Ramato

mr papadopoulos – lamb, mustard, aioli, chips, onions, parsley ($8.00).

Lamb had to be ordered, there was no way I was going to miss out on 12-hour slow-cooked lamb shoulder awesomeness. It came wrapped in paper with the Jimmy Grants’ +- logo and looked somewhat plain. But lurking within was something pretty epic.

mr papadopoulos – lamb, mustard, aioli, chips, onions, parsley

mr papadopoulos – lamb, mustard, aioli, chips, onions, parsley

Big lamb flavours are what it’s all about. Great char making for crispy edges to the lamb that was still soft with a succulent centre. Chips in a souva is awesome and the saucing level was spot on for me (though too much for Lex). The combination of lamb, sauces, parsley and onions that were not quite pickled but not quite cooked really won me over, I was very happy with my choice.

mr papadopoulos – lamb, mustard, aioli, chips, onions, parsley

mr papadopoulos – lamb, mustard, aioli, chips, onions, parsley

homer – falafels, greek yoghurt, hellenic slaw ($7.00).

As is our M.O. we ordered differently so we could try more of the menu. Lex thought of giving something different a go and it ended up being the falafel that took her fancy. Arriving just like the lamb first call was to tear the wrapper and take a peek inside.

homer – falafels, greek yoghurt, hellenic slaw (wrapped)

homer – falafels, greek yoghurt, hellenic slaw

Stuffed to the brim with falafels and slaw it didn’t have the same flair as the mr papadopoulos but looks can be deceiving. Although the falafels were nice with a good bite to them they were kept back from being the star as we just couldn’t get past the dill factor – it overtook everything. That being said the pita really saved the day. It was easily the best we’d ever had, light, fluffy and spongy with the perfect amount of chew.

homer – falafels, greek yoghurt, hellenic slaw

homer – falafels, greek yoghurt, hellenic slaw

chips, garlic oil, feta, oregano ($6.00).

We’d heard good things about the chips so they had to be ordered. Nothing too fancy really, a light coating of garlic oil and oregano with little nubs of feta spread throughout. While not overly fancy it really took the plain old chip to another level, so different and so addictive. Grabbing a chip and a healthy glob of feta and shoving it into your mouth was the best bit, the creamy cheese and crispy potato belonged together.

chips, garlic oil, feta, oregano

chips, garlic oil, feta, oregano

Did it live up to the hype? Yes, yes it did. With awesome prices, a cool vibe and just really great souva we were certainly impressed. Jimmy Grants will definitely be on our must-do list next time we’re in Melbourne. Here’s hoping they branch out to Sydney soon.

Kitchen bar

Kitchen bar

Jimmy Grants
113 St David Street
Fitzroy VIC 3065
Jimmy Grants Website

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