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The Search #5 The Sporting Globe Geelong


Where you say? The Sporting Globe Geelong. 175-177 Ryrie St, Geelong.
When was this? 18/05/2014
How much you ask? $24.90 for The Premiership Parma

In 2007 the Geelong Football Club broke a 44 year premiership drought when they trounced Port Adelaide by a whopping 119 points. They then went on to win two more premierships in 2009 and 2011. So how fitting it is that The Sporting Globe Geelong has named a Chicken Parmigiana after the feats of their hometown heroes. I give to you “The Premiership Parma”


The Premiership Parma is one of their specialty parmas and is priced at $24.90


So lets jump in to it…. The Chicken.

A top notch bird cooked to perfection that melted in the mouth. Cut beautifully and was superbly held together by the melted tasty and mozzarella cheese. The mushrooms were a surprising standout on top of the Napoli sauce whilst the bacon, salami and Spanish onions complimented the bird beautifully. Top Marks for this effort!!

The Chips.
A great serving of steak chips seasoned beautifully. All that The Parmatiser have to say about The Chips is they weren’t the main focus but they did help the dish gain a higher score. Great chips!! Side note… I normally order gravy with my meals but forgot on this occasion. I did not need the gravy for extra flavour. Good sign for the chips.

The Salad.
Again, another venue that (Thank God) separates the salad in a side bowl. A stock standard salad with garden salad, carrot, onion and cherry tomatoes. Topped with a drizzle of salad dressing, it was enough to freshen up the meal.


Overall, the price of $24.90 for the specialty parma may drive a few back to the traditional MVP Chicken Parmigiana which is priced at $20.90, but The Sporting Globe Geelong also has a Parma night on Wednesday night with $13.90 MVP’s and $15.90 Specialty Parmas. Other specialty parmas included:


So onto the much anticpated scores….

Chicken Parmigiana = 84.75%
The Chips = 81.87%
The Salad = 72.75%
Service + Value = 70%

Total Score = 77.34%


The search will and must go on…


The Search #4 The Belmont Hotel


Where you say? The Belmont Hotel.77 High st Belmont
When was this? 13/05/2014
How much you ask? $16.50


Nothing beats a Chicken Parmigiana when the sun is shining and the Celsius is 23 degrees. So that’s why The Parmatiser got along to The Belmont Hotel this week, to take in one of their Parmas.

We entered a bar that had 7 people seated inside with another 6 people sitting outside on the balcony. Lets not forget this was mid week and the weather was perfect. The majority of the time the place is packed. Straight up to the bar and within two minutes our order was placed and drinks were served.

We didn’t have to wait long for The Birds to fly out of the kitchen, and my hungry stomach was thankful for this. Lets jump straight into it.

The Chicken Parmigiana. A good looking bird perched atop of chips resting beside the salad. You could tell it was hot by how the cheese was still melting on top of the Napoli and Ham. The thick juicy parma possibly could have been thinned a little more and given a rounder shape. The Bird wouldn’t win many B&F’s be this is certainly a weekly performer.

The Salad. When we think of salads, I always think of Homer Simpson and his “You don’t win friends with Salad” chant. But… The Belmont Hotels salad is a Friend of mine. Fresh, crisp and delicious would be how I describe this salad. Filled with Garden salad leaves, carrot, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, onion and mushrooms. Beautifully topped with a great salad dressing. Can I just buy the Salad???


The chips. Well they were a little disappointing for me. Enough of them but its just lucky I ordered gravy with my meal. No flavour and lightly salted. They were also hidden away under the Chicken. An area of improvement for sure.


So in closing, a good bird for a midweek feed. Certainly filled me up but left me wanting more. The salad was the highlight of the meal. The Belmont Hotel do have a Parma night on Monday’s so The Parmatiser will be hoping for greater results in the future.

Parmi night

Now to the ratings:

Chicken Parmigiana = 66%
The Chips = 65%
The Salad = 75.25%
Service + Value = 77.50%

Total Score = 72%

The search will and must go on…

The Search #3 The Telegraph Hotel


Where you say? The Telegraph Hotel, 2 Pakington st, Geelong West
When was this? 11/05/2014
How much you ask? $25


Well Ladies and Gentlemen, if you are looking for a romantic venue in Geelong to take the hugs n kisses or you have a miracle match on tinder who actually wants to go out for dinner…. The Telegraph Hotel in Pakington st is perfect.

The Parmatiser team visited The Telegraph Hotel on Mother’s Day for dinner and we were greeted by some very happy and friendly staff who showed us to our table. First order of business was to get a beverage. Corona’s all round it was. As we perused the menu I notice they have an Oyster happy hour. Every Thursday between 5pm and 7pm. $1 Oysters. I’ll certainly be back for this.

The friendly staff took our order… Parma’s all round again. (It’s becoming routine) After some general chit chat and bragging how good our Mother’s were our meals arrived in no time. First impressions were great. Neat plate presentation and a good looking salad. The side of gravy came on a separate plate and also looked good enough to drink.

The Chicken Parmigiana looked great. Cheese melted perfectly and was positioned well on the plate with minimal chips underneath it. The Napoli and the ham were fresh and covered the entire schnitzel. Easy to cut and the cheese had a beautiful melted string to it. One of the better Birds I’ve eaten in recent times.

A good looking salad on the eye, but a bit onion and rocket heavy for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, I love onion, but there was just a little too much. Salad included Rocket, Tomato, Onion and Cucumber. A radish or capsicum would have been nice to break up the onion. A nice sweet salad dressing finished of the dish which was served in its own bowl. Saving point of the salad really…

Chips. Great chips. Beautifully cooked and well positioned on the plate. Great tasting and kept me wanting more. Finished the chips in world record time and all present agreed we could have done with some more.

All said and done this was another good Chicken Parmigiana. Geelong certainly has set the bar high and I can highly recommend the Telegraph Hotel for that special date, taking mum out for a well deserved break or maybe even just wanting to enjoy a Parma in a nice friendly environment.

The venue certainly had the mood lighting turned to romantic!!


And while you are there, check out the amazing dessert menu.

Now to the ratings:

Chicken Parmigiana = 74.62%
The Chips = 74.75%
The Salad = 71.25%
Service + Value = 76.25%

Total Score = 74.22%

The search will and must go on…

The Search #2 Parmi Bandit @ The Clarendon


Where you say? Parmi Bandit @ The Clarendon. 378 La Trobe Terrace Newtown. Opposite Geelong’s very own Simmonds Stadium.
When was this? 10/05/2014
How much you ask? $12.90


I know I can hardly believe it as well. The search for Geelong’s best Chicken Parmigiana took me to Australia’s First Drive Thru Parmi. The Clarendon in Newtown has a neatly tucked away drive through, that caters for the morning traffic heading to work in Melbourne, with that coffee hit. They also have meal options. Everything from Caesar Salads to 6 different varieties of Chicken Parmagiana’s (Traditional, Italian, Hawaiian, Mexican, Spanish and Avocado) and 11 different Pizza’s. They also have a reasonably price dessert menu available for $6.90. (Sticky date Pudding, Cheese Cake and Mousse)


To start the ball rolling you only need to follow three simple steps:
Step one = Call Parmi Bandit on 5221 9584
Step Two = Jump in the car
Step Three = Pull into the drive through and grab your Parmi


I pulled into the drive through and was greeted with a smiling young lady. On receiving my Drive Thru Parmi I initially said to myself “That is a huge box” I was then secretly hoping the Parmi was as huge. I was not disappointed.

Arriving home I sat down and opened up the box and was amazed at the size of the Bird, but also the amount of chips and the salad and dressing which were both in there own small containers. Great Start.

So lets start with the Chicken Parmigiana. A good to great schnitzel. Great size and plenty of topping. The schnitzel itself was very bread crumb heavy. The bread crumb hadn’t completely crisped all the way to the chicken. Good topping of Napoli and ham with beautifully melted cheese. The topping did tend to come away from the schnitzel in the centre of the chicken. No Biggie though…

A good little garden fresh salad accompanied our Bird. Consisting of Cherry Tomatoes, radish, onion, red capsicum and fresh garden salad leaves. Packaged in its own plastic container and with a separate salad dressing, this certainly gives the customer a choice a when they eat it. I ate it straight from the container whilst devouring the bird. Could have done with a bigger serving but it was still very satisfying and delicious. The Radish was a little added bonus for me!


The Chips were great. Beer battered and plenty of them. I certainly could not finish them all. They only qualm I have with the chips was they were over salted. You certainly could not sit there and eat the whole serving of chips with out a drink. Some people like a well salted chip but it wasn’t for me. Great serving though.

This was an exceptionally great Chicken Parmigiana meal for the $12.90 price tag. I would certainly recommend it if you were in a hurry, feeling lazy on the drive home from work or heading into town on a Saturday night on an empty stomach.
Put it this way…. You could go to Subway and spend almost the same amount on a 12 inch meal and not be as satisfied. Give the Parmi Bandit a go!!

The Parmi Bandit receives an extra bonus point for being a drive through service.

Now to the ratings:

Chicken Parmigiana = 76.75
The Chips = 72.50
The Salad = 70
Service + Value = 90

Total Score = 77.31

And the New Leader is The Parmi Bandit

The search will and must go on…

The Search #1 Mt Moriac Pub


Where you say? Mt Moriac Pub. 1115 Princes Highway, Mt Moriac.
When was this? 04/05/2014
How much you ask? $25

Welcome to the first official search for the Geelong regions best Chicken Parmigiana.
What a cracking first up Chicken Parmigiana it was. The Mt Moriac Pub sits atop of the hill just out the back of Waurn Ponds, Geelong. It is a massive pub with plenty of room to move about. Really has everything you would want in a pub.

We arrived to be greeted by happy and friendly bar staff. (Cheerful is always a good start) Flicked through the menu and three things impressed me:

One: The simple but very informative and easy to read menu.
Two: The Cost of the Chicken Parmigiana. Without seeing a Chicken Parmigiana you can usually gage what sort of a feed you will get for the price. And when I saw $25 I was secretly excited for what would come out of the kitchen.
Three: Oysters!! Not many pubs in the Geelong region do oysters any more so I had to purchase them. (If they are on the menu… I will buy them) Kilpatrick of course.

Moriac Menu

So we ordered and waited for our meal whilst sitting at the bar talking to the friendly bar staff. It wasn’t extremely busy, but its always good to have the bar staff join in conversation as they go about the daily routine. After about 10 minutes the Oysters had arrived. They smelt amazing. The only thing I could fault the oysters on was the size. Anyway, we are not here for the Oysters…


The main event had arrived. I was blown away when I had the marvellous creation we call the Chicken Parmigiana placed in front of me. First impressions really count and the size of the Parmigiana and the glistening melted cheese left me speechless. I got down to business and for the next ten minutes there was virtually no words spoken.

I love the salad in the side bowl. This really gives the diner a choice on when and how they eat their salad. I had no problems with the salad. Great dressing and variety. Lettuce, onion, cherry tomatoes and carrot.

The chips were unfortunately buried under the chicken.
Now I am not one to debate the placement of the Parmigiana on top of the chips or to the side, but the fact the chicken was so large, it just had to go on top. Again this is where the separate salad bowl comes in handy. I placed the salad bowl on the bar and was able to clear a few chips for ease, to devour. I ordered gravy with my meal and had to asked for the gravy again after my meal had arrived. This impacted on the chips score.

All in all, this is a Chicken Parmigiana that I am very happy to recommend to anyone who may be in the area, or even travelling through to Colac or the Great Ocean Road. Call in and see the crew at Mt Moriac Pub and enjoy a great feed.

Now to the ratings:

Chicken Parmigiana = 85.0
The Chips = 61.25
The Salad = 73.75
Service + Value = 80.0

Total Score = 75.0

The search will and must go on….

Cheers. #TheParmatiser

The hunt is on for Geelong’s Best Chicken Parmigiana

Welcome to ‘The Parmatiser’ Geelong’s very own hunt for the regions best Chicken Parmigiana.
The humble Aussie Pub meal has come along way from being a bread crumbed schnitzel, lathered with Napoli sauce with a slice of fresh swine under melted cheese. Today’s Parmagiana’s have their very own nights at the local pub and some even happily sit on your locals specials board.


I’ll give you a hint right now…

If you happen to have a Chicken Parmi at The Grovedale Hotel, ask for the Aussie Parmi. You won’t find it on any menu or specials board. It is only served on special occasions. 9 times out of 10 the kitchen staff are more than happy to make it for you. I wont tell you how good it is right now…. You’ll have to wait for that.


99% of pubs will have a Chicken Parmigiana on their menu. With so many pubs in Geelong to choose from, Who has the best? What is the Best Value Parmi? And should you be changing your local watering hole for the Parmi of your dreams?

So come with us on this quest to find Geelong’s best Chicken Parmagiana!!

Stay tune for our very first Chicken Parmigiana rating coming this weekend.