I’ve heard so much about Mrs Parmas, even from people who don’t live in Melbourne. So obviously I had to go see what all the fuss was about. Unfortunately, I’m really not sure what the fuss is about. It’s a nice enough place, but for what you pay and for what I was expecting from all the hype, I was actually really disappointed.
|Pre drinks at The Red Hummingbird, a gorgeous little cocktail lounge and sister bar to The Emerald Peacock|
For those of you who don’t know, a parma is a chicken schnitzel with stuff on it. So for example the Mexican Parma came with cheese, chillis and guacamole. I went for the Kilpatrick Parma which has kilpatrick sauce and crispy bacon. Before I go into why I didn’t really rate Mrs Parmas, I will mention the fact that none of their parmas are frozen or deep fried. They do make them properly, so that’s one redeeming factor.
|The ‘Floater’ Parma. Mushy peas, mash and gravy.|
The place is nice enough and it is always really busy – when you book a table you can only hold it for two hours and don’t expect to walk in, you need to book ahead. But it is basically just a popular pub. Absolutely nothing wrong with that of course. But I feel I could have spent the same amount of money for a much nicer and much more exciting dining experience, which is exactly what I want while I’m on limited time in Melbourne.
My parma was tasty and filling, I did enjoy it. Was it worth 25 dollars? No I don’t think it was. I’d have been happy paying 15 dollars, and the mildly irritating thing is there are so many parma places in Melbourne that I could have probably paid less than that somewhere else and still had the same quality.
I think Mrs Parmas is a decent place to go, the staff are friendly and if you like the pub vibe then its great. Plus they do good, locally brewed beers. I just feel its overpriced and a bit over hyped. There are far better places across Melbourne.