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By Roseanne Tiziani
December 04, 2013
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Jimmy Grants

The souvlaki just got sexy, and suddenly, it's no longer just a 'sometimes' food.
By Roseanne Tiziani
December 04, 2013
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For the uninitiated, souvlaki evokes late-night antics, greasy takeaway, and probably a touch of regret the morning after. If you're of Mediterranean heritage however, these parcels of gold are moreish, authentic and even slightly healthy. George Calombaris has enlisted the help of the Hellenic gods to take this crowd favourite back to its roots and, in doing so, is showing everyone how its properly done.

Paying homage to our nation's rich migrant history, Jimmy Grants takes its inspiration from the thousands of immigrants who settled in Australia during the 1950s and 60s.  It is these 'Jimmy Grants' — rhyming slang regularly used by true blue Aussies at the time — to which we owe many cultural contributions today, notwithstanding the souvlaki alone. For this, the concept is executed seamlessly throughout the tuckshop-inspired space and even provides for a thoughtful, reflective experience.

No-fuss dining is executed with Calombaris' familial elements of cheek and modernity. With an offering that is concise but ticks all the boxes, you'll be forced to uncover the menu's subtle word play and, depending on your own knowledge, perhaps double-checking your pronunciation. Mr Papadopoulos ($8) is the eponymous standout: the fluffy pita bread, juicy pieces of lamb shoulder and piping-hot chips make for a truly mouthwatering ensemble. Peppered by fresh pangs of parsley and lemon, it'll have you in a food coma wanting more. Backed up by steamed jimmy dimmies (3 for $6) and a selection of salads – including Hellenic Republic's infamous grain salad ($8) – Jimmy Grants is extremely well-priced.

Darren Purchese from Burch & Purchese has lent a hand in the sweets stakes, including Jimmy's Wheel ($6) — a thoroughly modern interpretation of the wagon wheel. Although the Greek doughnuts (6 for $6) have been left to the traditional in-house experts. With a deceptively airy interior, these magical balls of fried dough are served with walnuts and honey. If you don't already have a Nonna making them for you, you best get to Jimmy Grants to give them a try.

Jimmy Grants is the kind of place where you could try everything on the menu multiple times and still be satisfied at the end of every visit. Homely and casual, you'll be left to your own devices and it is wholly accepted to make a delicious mess of your meal. The souvlaki just got sexy and, suddenly, it's no longer just a 'sometimes' food.

Jimmy Grants is also located in Richmond and Ormond and at Emporium and Eastland shopping centres. For more details, visit jimmygrants.com.au.

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