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Jimmy Grants Souvlaki Bar

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Published December 16th 2013
The humble souvlaki has made its way back, after years of decline due to retirement and the newer generation of souvlaki descendants wanting to move onto dentistry and accounting, we in Melbourne have lost our delicious charcoal cooked souvlaki.

While a kebab from Afghanistan to Turkey is similar in nature they carry their own weight and are to be considered different by those who like to eat charcoaled animals, the humble souvlaki is a slightly different offering – yet still very comparable.

If it is cooked on gas, it's not worth eating unless you have too.

Jimmy Grants has brought the souvlaki back to the table; the soft fluffy pita bread with juicy charcoaled lamb is simple yet fabulous. I don't agree with the aioli variant as that's like putting aioli on a pizza.

I tried to explain this to some Italian friends that mayonnaise on lamb may taste great but it doesn't belong there, the confusion was only resolved when I said in some countries aioli was applied to pizza as well.

The organic colas and lemonades are little bit too much fluff for me, however whilst the ambience and décor of the establishment could be confused with the nearby trendy vegetarian hangouts, the soft smell of charcoaled lamb and chicken quickly brings you back to where you are; a sensational face stuffing charcoaled lamb haven.

While pricey, I am happy to pay the tax to have access to this disappearing Melbourne delicacy. Let's not go past the salads either, on their own they can carry themselves as a meal and are sure to delight you also.

The chips are good, nothing worth bragging about and the dips, other than the Tarama and tzatziki, are at best acceptable The staff are very accommodating and helpful and have consistently been so on each occasion, reflecting the consistency and flavour of the food also. I like the immigrant off the boat and off the plane street art like paintings on the brick walls as they sit there as a reminder of what Melbourne good food is all about and where it has come from.

Jimmy Grants never fails in delivery, a quality Lamb souvlaki – you know it's going to be there for a while so put this one in the memory bank for charcoaled lamb in pita bread whenever you are out in Melbourne
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Where: 113 St David St Fitzroy, VIC 3065
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