Not this past Saturday, but the one before that – I visited Jimbos Greek Restaurant | Astoria. Thank you, Jimbo’s, for the invite. And might I summarize, a nice and quiet family dinner.
A Greek restaurant in Astoria, Jimbo’s is a family enterprise, named after the owner, whose nickname is “Jimbo.” The place prides itself on fresh food. The portions, I realized were big, and the prices – very reasonable.
As we entered the restaurant for an early dinner around 17:15, there were a couple of other tables taken. As we waited to be seated / attended, a gentleman walked up to us and asked us to make ourselves comfortable and sit where ever we would like. On thanking him and chatting further, he mentioned he was just a customer, not the manager or the owner.
I thought that was a very nice and friendly gesture of him, and I also thought that spoke volumes of the kind of place this might be – a fun and family friendly neighbourhood place.
We got seated. And our server brought us the menus and asked us what we’d want to drink. We started with a wine and a beer. It was a local Greek wine, nice and light.
The child had had a nap on our ride to here from Jersey City and was fresh, but thankfully, not hyper energetic that evening. It was also after quite some time that it was just the three of us that came to dine out by ourselves and not with friends or family.
We ordered a bunch of different small plates. Here they go.
Melitzanosalata – roasted eggplant spread with roasted red peppers, garlic, fresh herbs, and extra virgin olive oil.
Tzatziki – yogurt spread with cucumbers, garlic and extra virgin olive oil.
Both these cold appetizers were great on taste, very rich and thick. Some places give you a watery raita in the name of a tzatziki, but not this. This was good. As you can see – served on a flat plate, it stood it’s ground. So did the melitzanosalata.
The pita bread was served warm and was soft and thin.
Spanokopita – homemade spinach pie with feta cheese, scallions, and dill baked in phyllo dough. The cheese was the star of the dish. They import it from Greece, they said. It was also one of the largest pie size I’d seen. I’ve seen these more bite sized and not as tall – but this was one giant piece.
Kolokithakia Tiganita – fried zucchini in a light flour batter served with skordalia (whipped garlicky potatoes). I imagined this as a pancake dish, but these were more like chips, but not as crispy.
Gigantes – giant beans in tomato sauce with extra virgin olive oil, onions, garlic and fresh herbs. Most Greek places I’ve been to have it simple – with garlic and tomatoes prominent. I like them all. This one here was different. More hearty and packed more punch than the delicate garlic and tomato flavors.
Saganaki – brandy flamed kefalograviera cheese, imported from Greece, finished with a touch of lemon. This was different. We’ve eaten baked cheeses usually, or fried mozarella, but I don’t think I’ve eaten a saganaki before. And it was good.
Dolmadakia – stuffed grape leaves with rice, fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil and a touch of lemon. I’ve never been a fan of these, but these were as good as I’ve eaten at other places.
All this left us fairly full. I would’ve liked to try their desserts since I was quite happy with the meal, but I also didn’t want to waste any food. So we skipped desserts.
Yianni, one of the two sons of the owner, was kind to come speak to us and briefed us about their operations and how and where they get their produce and spices and stuff from.
Baby K cooperated fairly well. Though he did want to roam around a bit mid-way through our meal, and we just took the easy way out by letting him watch videos on YouTube. Don’t judge! The hubster cooperated fairly well too, by coming out to dine and did not whine. That’s all from me on the rhyme.
Enjoy the photos from the evening.