The Palmerston Hotel, South Melbourne, Victoria

Corner of Palmerston and Kings Way
South Melbourne
Victoria, 3004

Pub
133
79%
46
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  • 22 Jul 2015
    #23394 - oldsnowgums (55 reviews)
    73%
    $20.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    N/A
    No

    oldsnowgums reckons:

    From the moment we sat down in the bar area at the Palmerston Hotel, my sidekick and I felt this unusual sensation, as if there was parma royalty in the room. Maybe the framed article on the wall had something to do with it - I don't know?! But what I do know is this was a good, solid parma. Not sure about the salad - I've had better - and the chips were good but there was room for improvement in terms of both quality and quantity, in my humble opinion.

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  • 19 Dec 2011
    #18738 - Bags (36 reviews)
    65%
    $18.00
    chicken
    3 / 5 (good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    N/A
    No

    Bags reckons:

    Had a few Parma's at the Palmerston over the years and have generally been pleased with them . This one was okay but not sensational . Staff were very good though and looked after us

    Gold reviewer
  • 04 Jun 2011
    #1970 - Dipragg (23 reviews)
    81%
    $18.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    N/A
    No

    Dipragg reckons:

    Well, I've been here before and I didn't think much of it and that was when it was in the top 5 so I wasn't expecting much, so I was pleasantly surprised. The parma was really nice, there's lots of cheese meting all over it, I thought this would turn me off it (because of the fat) but I really liked it. The chips were nice but not a lot of them. The salad (if your interested) was like one you'd made at home.... nothing special.... but the dressing on it had me coming back to finish it off. Overall, better than I thought. The picture is of my friend with.... well you should know who it is :)

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  • 23 Nov 2010
    #15794 - Dalai Parma (5 reviews)
    17%
    Not specified
    chicken
    2 / 5 (ok)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    0 / 5 (very poor)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    0 / 3 (very poor)
    -1
    No

    Dalai Parma reckons:

    how this joint has "Victorias No.1 Parma" on their window is an absolute disgrace. its blaspheme agains the name parma. not a positive thing to come out of that joint.. words cant describe my anger

    Bronze reviewer
  • 30 Jul 2010
    #10898 - RIP-Chief (15 reviews)
    65%
    $17.00
    chicken
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    N/A
    No

    RIP-Chief reckons:

    "Have a Parmie at the Palmie" said the sign out the front, so i did. The meat was unusual in it's texture, the size of the parma was legit and the toppings were great. Not sure what went wrong with the chicken though-possibly frozen or maybe i copped a bad one. My partner had no complaints. Chips were quite astounding, not enough for me though. Salad looked like rabbit food-was ok at best. Nice little pub, get your chicken sorted and you'll score up in the 90% range. RIP Chief ton

    Silver reviewer
  • 01 May 2010
    #11426 - Shaun (1 review)
    100%
    $17.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Shaun reckons:

    The Parmas have always been perfect, however I like Mushroom gravy on my Parma which was a let down till about 6 months ago when they re invented the gravy since then its been the most perfect parma in the world

  • 24 Apr 2010
    #1986 - Kim (10 reviews)
    50%
    $17.00
    chicken
    2 / 5 (ok)
    3 / 5 (good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    N/A
    No

    Kim reckons:

    I have heard that The Palmerston Hotel is meant to have one of the best palma's in Melbourne, though I was disappointed. It was just ok, of average size, not many chips & salad was average.

    Silver reviewer
  • 05 Mar 2010
    #10450 - ROY (1 review)
    23%
    Not specified
    chicken
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    0 / 5 (very poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    0 / 3 (very poor)
    -1
    No

    ROY reckons:

    I have been to this venue twice based on its reputation as having the "best chicken parma" in Victoria. The first time i was incredibly disappointed. The Parma was of production line standard- fried and then left in what i assume was a bain-marie warmer which kept the chicken moist but left the crumbs a sodden, tasteless and seasonless tepid goo. an unappetising texture on the palatte-the appearance was pallid more akin to something 'made in chernobyl' Against better judgement i decided that the reputation alone merited a second chance. same result. Unfortunately i believe its glowingly endorsed reputation has been its downfall. Mass produced garbage... and they think the parmi connoisseur wont notice. shame palmerston shame.

  • 28 Jan 2010
    #9298 - Moose (9 reviews)
    65%
    $17.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    N/A
    No

    Moose reckons:

    I had been to the Palmie a few years back and remembered it was very good but after reading a few reviews i was a little concerned. It was a good size of breast, excellent thickness and tenderness. Crumbing on the bottom was a little soggy and i thought there was too much cheese. The salad was disappointing, chopped up tomato, lettuce and cucumber. I'd try the vegies next time.

    Bronze reviewer
  • 13 Nov 2009
    #8466 - Stephen (1 review)
    96%
    Not specified
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
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    N/A
    No

    Stephen reckons:

    Pretty good parma. Just the right size, not too big, good chicken, good sauce, just the right amount of cheese. Good chips and decent salad too.

  • 09 Oct 2009
    #7762 - crazy man (1 review)
    100%
    $17.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    crazy man reckons:

    awesome parmie at the parmie. bonus point as we saw hamish and andy and shane warne! Great place to go to celebrity spot! 10/10 parma too!

  • 06 Oct 2009
    #7554 - marbo (1 review)
    100%
    $17.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    marbo reckons:

    had a parma on mon night and it was fantastic. Real chicken, tasty napoli and heaps of cheese with a nice golden top. Must be a hit with the locals as the place was packed and most were eating parmas extra point for the baileys choc ripple cake yumm!

  • 24 Sep 2009
    #7378 - the man (1 review)
    92%
    $17.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    the man reckons:

    went to pub on tues night, great atmosphere and food was outstanding..The parma was fresh, juicy and the napoli was beautiful. Previous food critics have no idea what there talking about.

  • 06 Aug 2009
    #6018 - felix (3 reviews)
    35%
    Not specified
    chicken
    3 / 5 (good)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    N/A
    No

    felix reckons:

    The Palmerston got 3 chances based on its reputation, but sadly the quality was way below par. The meal felt soggy with poor cheese / tomato ratio. The quantity of salad and chips felt like compensation to a mediocre meal, but the cheese tasted bland and rubbery, the tomato sauce straight from a can and the crumbs were like cardboard. Not recommended.

  • 04 Aug 2009
    #4306 - Dommers (8 reviews)
    92%
    Not specified
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    +1
    No

    Dommers reckons:

    Really good piece of chicken, thick and tender. Maybe a little too much crumbing but the sauce, ham and cheese were very nice. Chips were nice and crispy. Great parma.

    Bronze reviewer
  • 27 Jul 2009
    #5714 - Stevo (1 review)
    48%
    Not specified
    chicken
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    3 / 5 (good)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    N/A
    No

    Stevo reckons:

    Expectations were high going into supposedly the "Number 1 Parma in Victoria"! Needless to say extremely disapointed. Chicken was slightly dry, a tad too small and toppings were all over the place. The salad had been diced as if it were for homemade burritos....

  • 20 Jul 2009
    #2818 - Peter (26 reviews)
    71%
    $19.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    -1
    No

    Peter reckons:

    After reading so many glowing reviews f this place we had to make the trek over to that side of town in search of the ultimate parma. However we were somewhat disappointed. actually scrap that .....very disappointed. (We ordered the palmi parma) The parma arrived well presented, however the edges were a little burnt. The topping was good although there was a lack of it. probably needed about twice as much topping to made it a good parma. The chicken tasted like it was a litte under cooked - hard and chewy and not piping hot. I was inpressed with the addition of the ham though. On the whole - a reasonable parma - definately not worth driving across the city for especially if you're hungry...i could have eaten 2. -1 point for the lack of topping on the parma.

    Gold reviewer
  • 04 Jun 2009
    #4690 - Dom (2 reviews)
    45%
    $17.00
    chicken
    2 / 5 (ok)
    Not rated
    1 / 5 (poor)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    2 / 3 (good)
    -1
    No

    Dom reckons:

    For something that was raved on about from past reviews on this website, I went into eating it with medium expectations of greatness, alas to be thoroughly disappointed. The chicken must be precooked very early in the day and then microwaved to heat with the almost tasteless napolitan sauce and boring cheese so that the chicken is soggy and tastes mushy on the plate! They must have changed cooks since last yr when past reviews have been written because the place was packed but the Parma a disgrace

  • 23 Feb 2009
    #3522 - Pigdog (5 reviews)
    67%
    Not specified
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    N/A
    No

    Pigdog reckons:

    ok parma i'd say quantity over quality here

    Bronze reviewer
  • 22 Jan 2009
    #3154 - bigdick (1 review)
    15%
    $17.00
    chicken
    0 / 5 (very poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    0 / 3 (very poor)
    N/A
    No

    bigdick reckons:

    very very very very very very poor quality parmie eaten better parmie was cold in middle napoli was sour ,eaten regularly at the pub something has changed not what a parmie used to be

  • 22 Jan 2009
    #3138 - lisa (1 review)
    27%
    $17.00
    chicken
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    N/A
    No

    lisa reckons:

    chicken was dry,napoli had no taste and was missing the ham,cheese topping was dried out and crusty.very dissapointing,poor example of a parmie

  • 13 Jan 2009
    #3042 - schultzynz (1 review)
    100%
    $9.95
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    Yes

    schultzynz reckons:

    oh my god yes this was special, the best CP I ahve ever had. The Palmie does it to perfection that is for sure.

    Special
  • 19 Dec 2008
    #81 - Troutguy (28 reviews)
    87%
    Not specified
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
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    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    N/A
    No

    Troutguy reckons:

    Lovely well done topping with thick, real chicken underneath. The parma wasn't the biggest that I've ever had, but it was one of the tastiest. The meal was really down by the really average salad.

    Official reviewer
  • 31 Oct 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
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    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    MY MATES AND I WENT HERE FOR A BUX NIGHT HERE LAST WEEKEND AND IT WAS AWESOME. HUGE AND REAL CHICKEN WELL DONE CHEF

  • 01 Oct 2008
    #2050 - Brendan (6 reviews)
    79%
    $16.00
    chicken
    3 / 5 (good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    N/A
    No

    Brendan reckons:

    GREAT CHICKEN!good topping!TASTY CHIPS!why didn't they but herbs on my topping?

    Bronze reviewer
  • 01 Oct 2008
    #2034 - Steve (15 reviews)
    85%
    $16.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 5 (good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Steve reckons:

    great service, great venue and the parma is nearly perfect maybe a little bit too much sauce in the topping

    Silver reviewer
  • 23 Sep 2008
    #1890 - Spam (19 reviews)
    90%
    $18.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    N/A
    No
  • 20 Sep 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    60%
    Not specified
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
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    3 / 5 (good)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    2 / 3 (good)
    N/A
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    A fantastic parma fried crisp and served well. Excellent presentation and decent cheese amount was appreciated. Chips and salad were below par- not in line with the rest of the dish!

  • 07 Aug 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    44%
    $17.90
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    2 / 3 (good)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    N/A
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    They Have Gone Down Hill!!!! I wont go Back

  • 03 Aug 2008
    #33 - Brad (126 reviews)
    96%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    2 / 3 (good)
    Not rated
    N/A
    No

    Brad reckons:

    Excellent value for $16. Top notch!

    Official reviewer
  • 03 Jun 2008
    #833 - Ash (4 reviews)
    81%
    $16.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    +1
    No

    Ash reckons:

    Bonus point for big name footballers also in attendance with their eye candy girlfriends.

  • 16 May 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    Great service great food - a real pub, not a shitty mordern cafe looking place run by idiots...... FANTASTIC LOVE IT!!!!

  • 30 Apr 2008
    #465 - tam (1 review)
    77%
    $16.50
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    N/A
    Yes

    tam reckons:

    very good, parma prob one of the best i have had ever, great value, great location,thumbs up

    Special
  • 22 Apr 2008
    #81 - Troutguy (28 reviews)
    73%
    Not specified
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    -1
    No

    Troutguy reckons:

    Minus Bonus point for rubbish table placement and getting jostled by the serving staff. Parma was good though

    Official reviewer
  • 15 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    First time at the pub on monday night and we loved it! Friendly atmosphere and great food. The parma was tender and thick and i ate every bit. Will go back

  • 14 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    56%
    Not specified
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    1 / 3 (poor)
    N/A
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    Parma wasn't too bad, but needed a bit more sauce coverage. salad was really bad, chips were acceptable. overated

  • 09 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $17.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
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    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    good food and nice staff.

  • 08 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    great pub, great food and SEXY Head chef.

  • 08 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    57%
    $16.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    1 / 5 (poor)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    2 / 3 (good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    cheapest pub in city and good food.

  • 07 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
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    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    This is a great CHEAP pub. We all go here from work on a Friday and are always happy. The parmas are great value as they are huge! Plus the other food is awesome too.

  • 05 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    98%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    very nice, going back soon to have it again.

  • 04 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    Lovely Parma, food is consistently excellent!!!! look forward to going back!

  • 03 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    85%
    $16.00
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    my work had a lunch at this pub. this is a real pub with greath food. The ten of us all loved our parmas.

  • 03 Apr 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    100%
    $16.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    3 / 3 (excellent)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    I have been eating parmas at the palmerston for a few years. Everyone i have had has been perfect. well done to the team down there!

  • 19 Feb 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    60%
    Not specified
    chicken
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2 / 5 (ok)
    3 / 5 (good)
    3 / 5 (good)
    2 / 3 (good)
    1.5 / 3 (ok)
    N/A
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    Had heard about this pub . Made the journey from Kew . Disapointing as meat was probably ok but overcooked or done the night before . big reputation , but save on petrol .

  • 12 Feb 2008
    Anonymous Coward
    87%
    $18.00
    chicken
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    5 / 5 (excellent)
    3 / 5 (good)
    4 / 5 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    2.5 / 3 (very good)
    +1
    No

    Anonymous Coward reckons:

    Excellent parma. 10 of us had the parma and across the board we were delighted with it, and completely satisfied with the quantity and quality.