The place: Jimmy Grants.
The dish: Nonna Maria.
The verdict: Beautifully simple, yet so much more than your standard souvlaki.
Jimmy Grant’s corner of Emporium’s cafe court has a very cool vibe, without going into hipster territory. The menu features “souvas” with names like Mr Papadopoulos (lamb), Homer, Kalamata Kid and my choice, Nonna Maria. This souvlaki was made up of a thick, white pita bread, filled with chicken, parsley, onions, mustard aoili… and chips. Yes chips. (Apparently it’s what all the cool kids are doing and I am just not enough of a souva connoisseur to notice.)
It was heavenly. The wrap bread was thick and soft, the chicken tender, the mustard sauce creamy, and not too tangy and the salty, crunchy chips made for a nice addition.
This is a short review, because there’s not much more to say other than: go out and try it yourself. There are five locations across Melbourne. What are you waiting for?