It's important to go with the flow at Jim's Greek Tavern on Johnston Street in Collingwood. Animated waiters will chat to you about what you like to eat, meat or seafood, possibly both but they won't offer you a menu and you'll just have to wait and see what turns up at the table. They have been serving meals this way for 30 odd years, so they know what they are doing.
The first dish to arrive at our table, on the bustling Friday night we dined at Jim's, was a platter of house made dips with zucchini and eggplant fritters accompanied by freshly baked bread. After that, home-style dishes continued to land on our table with astonishing regularity. These included dolmades, grilled prawns, calamari and rustic Greek salads. Next to arrive were the plates of grilled lamb, herbed lamb patties, sliced lamb and lamb kebabs topped with onion and herbs.
Just when we thought main course was over, grilled fish fillets were placed in front of us and despite gorging on the lamb, we still slice off portions, slathered them in lemon juice and munched through most of the serving.
Jim's is BYO both beer and wine. The restaurant is often crammed full and the noise of conversation and laughter is quite loud, but I think that it adds to the festival atmosphere of the tavern. With its white washed walls adorned with paintings depicting seaside scenes, it's easy to believe that you have been transported to a restaurant on a Greek island.
By the time the sweets plates arrived, I was full to my eyeballs but I still managed to eat a few bites of baklava and the subtly spiced galaktoboureko, the Greek version of a custard tart made with thin and crunchy filo pastry. Accompanied by a traditionally thick Greek coffee, it was the perfect end to a delicious meal.