Restaurant Review: Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen

How Italian Jimmy’s Kitchen is is a matter for a debate over a meal at this popular joint in McLeod Ganj, but the little experience I had here is enough to make me go back, if I ever go back to Dharamshala, that is. The casual look of the restaurant works really well, even if the Hollywood movie posters that fill up the yellow walls do nothing even for movie buffs. Come on, who wants to even think about classics during a vacation?

The rooftop setting might have held some charm if every restaurant in McLeod Ganj didn’t offer a view of the mountains, and the terrace isn’t done up at all anyway. Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen has this casual vibe going for it. The only waiter around was all gung-ho about taking our order and dressed like he was on a holiday, and that kind of thing is a thing I quite like.

Both the meals I had at Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen were great, to say the least. The English breakfast was as good as the best I’ve had, and the extra pork stuff was excellently cooked. The juice was fresh, and the juice in these holiday places is very different from the juice you’d get in any metro, as I realized when I had a meal at the superb Café Namgyal another day. Café Namgyal, by the way, serves the best vegetarian pizzas.

The pizzas at Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen are highly satisfactory, even if they’re more an Indian’s (or a Tibetan’s) idea of Italian. Compared to the other restaurants around, Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen is slightly on the expensive side, and they serve alcohol illegally. They buy beer from the liquor store down on the street and bring it to your table.


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12 Responses to “Restaurant Review: Jimmy’s Italian Kitchen”

  1. 1 KP
    September 5, 2012 at 16:42

    love your restaurant reviews…they always make my super hungry

    love the English breakfast with Amul Butter ..albeit.. now that you mentioned “English”…wonder if they stole that from us too… its just whenever the word “English” is used before anything other than the word “Language”, it always makes me wonder whether is it really “English” or did they forcibly make it “English”… 🙂


    • September 6, 2012 at 03:59

      There are a couple of places in Goa that serve a mean English breakfast… with baked beans and all. It’s so great (especially for Gujaratis 😛 ) to be served ham, bacon, sausages and salami in the morning. Mumbai is useless when it comes to breakfast!


  2. October 6, 2014 at 12:30

    If you don’t have a “green thumb,” you can opt for cut flower arrangements
    instead of growing actual live plants. A kitchen with candy-colored accents (including the
    table and chair) conveys a cheerful atmosphere. Teach
    the children this simple song to the tune of “Happy Birthday” – Aloha means hello and goodbye.


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