We started with a drink - sparkling wine for me, Chinotto for Mr Pickings.
|lovely cool leafy courtyard|
|Yarra Valley sparkling - yum! - $10.50|
|chinotto for Mr Pickings - $5|
|even the water is lush and special:) - $6|
I chose 2 entrees, while Mr Pickings had risotto. I am always wary of risotto in restaurants, as it never seems to be quite right. Mr Pickings however enjoyed this dish, which had asparagus, baby radish, goat's cheese, broccolini and pea puree. He said the texture of the rice was a bit chewy, which was perfect for him. The goat's cheese really picked it up he felt; Mr Pickings loved the green colour too!
|risotto - $23|
My lunch was chicken liver parfait, and the other dish I chose was quail sausage. The parfait was absolutely smooth, with quite a strong liver taste. To be honest, I have to say I prefer a chunky chicken liver pate to a parfait. I think it was superbly done, but just not to my taste. And I don't think the pickled veggies added much to the dish. On the other hand, I really loved the quail dish. The sausage was really tasty, and the 2 tiny legs were very moreish.
|chicken liver parfait with picked veggies and sourdough - $12|
|quail sausage - $18|
Other mains were rabbit pasta, pulled pork salad (frankly, not being a pork eater, I will be happy when this craze dies away), sirloin steak and roasted lamb shoulder. Desserts were on offer, but we were ready to move on, as we had to get to our hotel in St Kilda, which would take us a while through peak hour traffic in Melbourne. Desserts included a lavender brulee (there is a lavender farm not far away), doughnuts, ice honey parfait, and malt ice-cream.
|I loved the red stools inside|
|look at this fabulous door handle!|
|my arty shot looking up the street; Jimmy's on the right|
|I am so in love with these stools|
|now what's with the chucking of cutlery into a small wire basket? and worst of all, no napkins!!|
We have noticed it everywhere, here in Brisbane also. I guess you could call it a funky approach to service, but I want my cutlery by my plate and damn! I demand napkins with my cutlery.
We enjoyed our lunch here, and if I lived anywhere near it, I would love to try dinner, or just drinks at the bar. And what about those hotel rooms upstairs?! We will definitely have to come back again.
Jimmy's Bar is part of Frangos & Frangos, which has the afore-mentioned hotel, and a cafe.