Melbourne's best parmas
The Relative Newcomer
While this parma might not have been around as long as some of its competitors, it's still at its flying best. The crumb and sauce here are both packed with fresh herbs, the crust is perfectly cooked to an even golden brown and the ham is thick and flavourful. This one also comes in a half size for the less gluttonous parma fans, or if you want to leave room for another dish.
The Inner City Gem
Head over to North Melbourne to take advantage of this meaty fix. The Leveson's classic chicken parma comes with all the fixings (crumbed chicken breast, shaved ham, napoli sauce and cheese) alongside a roquette salad and some crisp beer battered chips. It's all you'd ever want in a pub meal.
The Old Favourite
We included this parma in our last round-up a few years back, and checking in on the old girl proves she’s still got it. This is a stock standard traditional parma done just right, providing a perfect standard by which to judge all others.
The True Blue
A perennial Fitzroy favourite, The Napier is known for its epic pub meals like the infamously huge Bogan Burger. Their parma is no dainty morsel either, and comes either with ham or with thick slices of smoked and peppered kangaroo loin alongside shoestring fries and a garden salad. Get that up ya.
The Footy Fan
It’s rare to find a pub where the food is as good as the sporting culture, but The Palace – our 2016 Pub of the Year – is just that place. Their parma is thick and flavourful and you choose to make it Hawaiian (with pineapple), Mexican (with jalapenos), Italian (with salami, chili and olives) or Greek (with olives and feta). Come on a Monday to grab one for only $15.
The Beer Nerd
Melbourne’s original craft beer pub remains one of our best, and their parma is no disappointment. Huge quantities of cheese ooze from the sides, capturing crispy chips and ensuring the perfect combo of chicken, ham, sauce, cheese and chip in every bite. Paired with one of their amazing beers, you can’t go wrong.