George Calombaris' latest undertaking has really hit the mark with the casual weekend diner, and is remarkably unpretentious given its origins. So much so that I was borderline underwhelmed with the austere decor...that is until I tried the food!
The simple menu made food selection a fairly swift process, and conveniently I had my dining partner in crime in tow, so we could expand our selection to include some dishes to share.
First of all, I cannot continue writing this article without bringing your attention to the fantastically mouthwatering chips. Not just any chips my friend; chips with garlic oil, feta and oregano.
The addition of garlic oil certainly does not make for first date material, however these were some of the best chips I've ever eaten. If nothing else, get ones self to Jimmy's for these earth-shattering chips.
I chose the classic Mr. Papadopoulos - Lamb, chips, mustard aioli, onion and parsley.
Initially I was surprised at the short list of fillings, however, it was an utter symphony of deliciousness, with the soft tender lamb and fresh parsley carrying the dish. 10/10, would chow down again.
My partner ordered the Nonna Maria - same ingredients as Mr. P above, aside from the lamb which was replaced with mouthwatering chicken. Normally not something I would choose, but this was every bit as good as my lamb souv. See below for photographic evidence:
Possibly in an attempt to make ourselves feel a little more wholesome about scoffing down a kebab and chips, I insisted on sampling the grain salad. For those who have dined at St Katherine's, it was very similar to his ancient grain salad, but at a more attractive bourgeoisie price tag.
Not sure if it had the desired effect of making me feel any less food-guilt, but it was subtle and tasty, with the natural yoghurt livening up the grain party.
I certainly look forward to visiting my new friend Jimmy in Ormond again, with plentiful parking and no lines out the door (I'm looking at you Fitzroy). A wonderful suburban eatery and a no-fuss way to get a piece of the mighty empire that is George Calombaris.