Reviewed by Christine Charlesworth
On Thursday, 28 November, I visited Jimmy Spices, a Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar in Epsom. The approach to the restaurant, across Derby Square, just off the High Street in Epsom, is not very encouraging. However, it is worth the effort to find this restaurant as the interior is extremely clean, the layout is excellent and the staff are very welcoming.
As this was my first visit to a Jimmy’s we were shown to our table and after drinks were ordered we were given a tour of the food area and the full concept of the ‘All you can eat Buffet’ was explained. The staff do this with all new customers. There is a large, open kitchen area with 4 chefs working at ‘Live Stations’, ready to prepare food to your requirements. Ranged round this area are large copper cauldrons of hot dishes from all around the world. English and Italian dishes were to one side, another side had Indian, another was Chinese and Thai food and then there was the stir fry area where food is cooked to your design while you wait. Along the full length of the wall opposite the kitchen area was a salad bar with an array of freshly prepared salads. At the far end of the restaurant, between the kitchen area and the large bar area, there were dishes of freshly prepared fruit, jelly cubes, little chocolate cakes and cheesecakes, Indian sweets and other tempting morsels. Beside this was an ice-cream machine with all the ingredients to design and make your own ice-cream.
Ajay, the manager at Jimmy Spices, assured me that all the dishes were prepared freshly each day. This restaurant has been open for 7 years and is very popular. On Sunday there is a ‘Traditional Sunday Roast’ from 12 – 4pm using the eat-all-you-like concept. Customers often book special occasions and birthday parties at the restaurant when the ‘birthday guys and girls eat free’. There is good wheelchair access and, while I was there, I noticed that one of the main chefs was going round with a wheelchair user, filling their plate and making sure that the customer was able to choose all the food they wanted.
We chose a selection of dishes from the starters, mains, stir fry section and salad bar, finishing with a plate of various fresh fruits and delicious little cakes. Ajay had suggested that we have a pot of Green Tea to drink during the meal as this would help with our digestion and it was a very good idea. We also had a large jug of iced water. Each time we went over to choose some different food our plates were immediately cleared away and new utensils and serviettes were put on the table. Our glasses of iced water were also re-filled.
Eating at Jimmy Spices was a really good experience and a great way to sample foods from all over the world. The food was all piping hot, meat, fish and vegetables were cooked well. Labelling and descriptions on the various dishes were extremely good and the staff were very happy, friendly and helpful.
There are now 10 Jimmy’s World Restaurants, with the tenth opened in Wembley this week. This is a great way to try out different foods and I certainly recommend Jimmy Spices in Epsom.
For more information, to view menus or book a table visit www.jimmysrestaurants.com.