Reviewed by Ella Richardson
I didn’t know what to expect when going to Jimmy’s World Grill & Bar in Derby for an evening out, it was a restaurant I had never heard of and because it was quite far from me, no one I know had been so it was a totally new experience for me.
It was quite easily found as it was right opposite to the main car park in Derby city centre and also attached to the bust station, so perfect if you wanted to have a drink and not worry about driving. It was easily sign posted too with big signs posting the way. From outside it looked intriguing and we soon found out it was a buffet all you can eat with mixed cuisine which included Indian Chinese, Mexican and Italian. There were plenty of tables and a lovely open big space so you could see the chefs specially prepare peoples dishes as well as all the lovely pictures of old movie stars, the room was filled with the most amazing aroma of all the food being prepared and served. We were shown to our table by a lovely waiter who was very polite and offered to show us around all of the different stations, he took his time to go round and explain how everything worked and which stations related to which cuisines and what to do if you wanted something prepared from fresh. I thought this touch was really lovely and actually for the price he could of just plonked us down with no explanation, he then took our drinks order and because they were quite busy it took a while but within the time he went to get the drinks two other waiters had come to check we were ok and if we needed drinks, which really made us feel looked after and that they really cared that we had a nice time. There was a great array of wonderful cocktails and world beer buckets but unfortunately we both weren’t drinking so soft drinks it was.
Once we had our drinks we decided to hit the food, no idea where to start and kicking myself that maybe a few days preparation to make sure I had enough room to fit the tonnes of different options in, which by the way is near impossible it would take at least 3 or 4 separate trips to try everything. I decided to start with some Indian starter finger foods, which there was a big selection but I was modest to start with so I could pace myself. It was so delicious and well prepared that this went out of the window by my second helping. The second plate I had was from the Chinese station, the crispy duck pancakes were the best I have ever tasted and the amount of sauces you could choose from was massive. I also had noodles, beef, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice and prawn crackers, so bang went being modest. It was all absolutely cooked to perfection and I’m still salivating about it now. My third and unfortunately final plate of main course was from the fragrant Indian station, there was the usual tikka masala, a korma but then there were new dishes that were made up of wonderful spices. I had a few of the well-known ones and the taste sensation was totally different to some of the ‘take away’ I have had in the past, there was obviously more effort going into making these dishes, a taste sensation not just chucking out any old muck as long as it’s cheap. I really wanted to try some of the freshly prepared dishes as they looked and smelt sensational but I’m afraid I got a bit greedy with the other stuff. I did however save space for the massive pudding selection, from mini cakes, fruit, sweets, chocolate fountain and the most amazing ice-cream. You choose your ice-cream and the sweets/chocolate you want in it and the chef bashes and mixes in front of you to create your own magical ice-cream. I had mango ice-cream with white chocolate chunks, which was the most perfect combination for each other and I enjoyed immensely.
All in all a perfect evening and we will definitely be returning a few times and almost certainly at the price, we went at the most expensive time (though not expensive in my eyes at all) at £14.99 for all you can eat, they also do lunch buffets (£7.99) and weekdays are cheaper (£12.99) but none of these prices are actually expensive for the experience and the amount of food and service you receive when visiting Jimmy’s. I recommend a visit to a Jimmy’s soon, 100%.
For more information, to view menus or book a table visit www.jimmysrestaurants.com/restaurants/derby.