Franchise with a local twist

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Franchise with a local twist

Recently opened at the Beacon Bay Crossing, Prawn & Grill Co by Jimmy’s is the first of its kind concept restaurant in the country. The 360 team visited the new restaurant was impressed not only with the flavours but also the design.
By Henrike Riemann and Jolene Shirley

The concept of Prawn & Grill Co by Jimmy’s is simple but the result is outstanding: modern, rustic and industrial in style, the Mediterranean cuisine full of flavour, delighting taste buds and adding to the atmosphere.

Managed and run by Alun Bendle and Anthony and Caitlin Parker, the restaurant is the very first concept-store in South Africa with more to be rolled out nationwide. The restaurant runs on a novel principle, where each patron marks their chosen dishes on the menu along with their name and the name of their server.

The trio pioneer with speciality dishes including prawns, sushi and pulled beef. All dishes are family friendly as their philosophy is to use the cutlery you were born with – your hands. “High quality ingredients is our priority,” says Bendle. “We make sure that all our ingredients are fresh and sourced locally”.

The Nespresso coffee bar is another first for East London – a true highlight for caffeine lovers. Connoisseurs of wine will be spoiled with Brampton wines, one of South Africa’s eponymous lifestyle wine brands. 

Restaurant Review:

We started our meal at Prawn & Grill Co by Jimmy’s with a frozen cocktail. We ordered one of each on offer that night – a frozen sangria and a frozen mangorita. The cocktail, an adult slushy, is served in a mini bucket – cute and insanely tasty.

Our sushi starter was very good. The shrimp tempura sauce on the Jimmy’s Deluxe fashion sandwiches had us talking about it all night.

The steak was ordered well done and was prepared perfectly. The sticky sweet prawns served skewered were flavourful and yummy; best eaten with the cutlery you were born with! The calamari and squid, from the tapas menu, was ordered fried and while it was tender and tasty, next time, I’ll order it grilled. The sides of Rockefeller chips – potato chips served with bacon, mayo and cheese – and the sweet potato fries were delicious. It was a welcome change to see these offerings on a menu.

We rounded off our meal with the upside-down berry mousse cheesecake. This deconstructed cheesecake was light and flavourful thanks to the mascarpone cheese.

Overall, we found the food at Prawn & Grill Co by Jimmy’s to be simple, fresh and flavourful. This, combined with the rustic and relaxed atmosphere, makes Prawn & Grill a welcome addition to East London’s restaurant scene. 

A good degree or professional certification can help secure an interview for your dream job, but once you’re sitting in front of the recruiter or potential employer, you’ll need to show what you can offer in addition to your qualifications. Today’s top employers are looking for more than the right training and education. They are seeking employees who are well-rounded, adaptable, committed and a good fit for their organisational culture. Here are a few attributes that recruiters and potential employers look for.


1   Mind-seT: Employers are looking for attitude as much as they’re looking for aptitude when they hire. They’d rather develop someone with the right outlook who needs some training than hire someone with great skills and low motivation. Honesty, accountability, flexibility, curiosity and commitment are all as important to employers as your qualifications. If you can show that you’re motivated, upbeat, and eager to learn, that will give you an edge in the job market.


2   Interpersonal skills: Today’s workplace is diverse and collaborative, which means that most organisations are looking for people with high levels of emotional intelligence. Someone with good interpersonal skills is more likely to thrive than a superstar who lacks the tact and professionalism needed to play well with others. As good as your degree and experience might be, a recruiter or potential employer will also want to know that you can collaborate and lead.


3    Life experience: Employers often like to see that their employees have interests outside work and that they can bring diverse life experiences to their job. A modern office is a multi-disciplinary environment. The leadership skills you learned as a school rugby captain, the strategic thinking you developed playing competitive chess, the ability you developed to write clearly from your love of reading, your exposure to different cultures during a gap year of travelling – these can all be as valuable to an employer as your formal qualifications.


4    Work experience: Young jobseekers often feel caught in a catch-22 situation – they can’t get experience because no one will give them a job and they can’t get a job because they have no experience. Against this backdrop, it’s important to seek out experience to add to your CV. You can volunteer at a charity (many non-profit organisations need help in disciplines such as IT, finance or marketing), take vacation jobs, or start up a small business to sharpen your skills and get practical experience.

5    Cultural fit:The question of how you’ll fit in will generally be top-of-mind for someone interviewing you for a job. Cultural fit is about how likely you will be able to adapt to the core values and collective behaviours that make up an organisation. Having the right fit with a company means you’ll be happier at work and that you’ll be more likely to perform to the organisation’s expectations.  There are many factors that shape a corporate culture – corporate policies, geographic location, industry, size, the personalities of the founders and managers, values, and more - and the trick is to find a place to work that suits your personality and working style. 

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