Jimmy Watson’s, Carlton, Melbourne
Somewhat dated but entirely welcoming, Jimmy Watson’s remains a stalwart option for Lygon Street drinking. The courtyard space provided an idyllic spot for a lazy Saturday afternoon for some reminiscing with friends. You know this review was mostly a booze up as all the food was chips, wedges and pizzas.
Staff are friendly and well organised at Jimmy’s for the most part. The food – good enough but could do with a bit of refresh to be more enticing to prospective customers. With any good location in Carlton, the food’s on the pricer scale of things for what you get. There is no denying it makes for a quaint watering hole.
We popped along following a fun afternoon of lawn bowls. We had organised a table upstairs on the deck but on arrival were told this was booked instead for another party. Not ideal, but what can you do I guess. Drinks and food orders are a DIY at the counter affair. Not a huge issue, staff were efficient enough and orders were coming out in decent time. The Menu at Jimmy Watson’s is better and bigger than you might expect. There’s a few special dishes amongst the bar staples of fried foods and pizzas.
I still stuck with pizza and mine was the prosciutto, here served with a napoli base with plenty of herby tones. At $23 it remains on the hefty side of pricing. The flavours were great and the only con would have been the base. Compared to the one I most recently had at nearby DOC Pizza, the one from Jimmy Watson’s didn’t quite have the same success. The dough was much lighter and fluffier at the latter.. This is one of the qualities I enjoy in an authentic pizza. But I am always open for some new styles.
Wedges and shoestring fries were at the $9 mark for each and these are as expected. Nothing particular to note, but they always do the trick and make for a good sharing snack to whet everyone’s appetites. Outside of the Margherita, there’s two other vegetarian options for the pizzas with a few of the girls opting for the Roasted Pumpkin ($20). This one also has feta, tahini, spinach, mozzarella and toasted almonds. Feedback from the crowd was that it was good.
We had a good ‘lil time at Jimmy Watson’s on this summery day and it remains a great spot for a crowd, particularly when coupled with good weather. An ideal location and years of histories that mean they know what they’re doing.