It was a similar time last year that I stumbled upon the chicken parmigian-'O' from our good friends from across the Tasman. While the dish was quite conclusively a disaster, the menu did accurately describe what was served up on the plate.
Fast forward almost one year and I'm visiting the Grace Darling Hotel. I was told about the Grace Darling after it appeared in theage.com.au where the chicken parmigiana is described as an "ace eat". Ironically the person that told me about the Grace Darling is also from across the Tasman. Maybe there's a pattern emerging here?
The menu said "traditional chicken parmigiana baked in a terracotta pot". From the description I naturally expected to see something a little different; maybe I was even a little bit excited to see a parma with a unique presentation. That being said, it was still described as a traditional chicken parma.
And the traditional chicken parma is what I know best. With the Grace Darling Hotel being my 93rd uniquely reviewed venue, some might say I've eaten my fair share of parmas over the last 1.5 years since parma.com.au's inception.
In contrast to what the menu told me, the Grace Darling parma was anything but traditional and unfortunately, the taste deviated far from the mean also.
Taste aside, one can't help but question the legitimacy of the dish. The menu called it a parma, but has it really earned the title? It didn't look like a parma. It wasn't cooked like a parma. It wasn't built like a parma and it didn't taste like a parma. So is it really a parma? Check out the review for my opinion.
03 Nov 2009 22:48:56
Good grief.... what anachronistic prosaic commentary. Mix it up kids, why not try something with a different spin on it?
14 Oct 2009 11:55:13
Bloody fries! As if passing off this mess as a parma wasn't bad enough.
06 Oct 2009 13:12:49
Considering ye olde Chicken parma is simply the traditional Italian parmagiana with egg plant replaced with chicken to present a parma in this manner and still have the gall to call it a parma is beyond me.
02 Oct 2009 13:35:36
get a life, go out and eat something else. your 93rd review was boring cant imagine what the rest are like. What is a traditional parma anyway. tell us, dont lecture us
07 Aug 2009 21:05:38
I have to say... it really looks like vomit.
05 Aug 2009 15:54:37
I'm not sure about that, the bloody thing looks like it has been cooked in a flower pot!