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Best of Canberra – parma taste off

By 28 August 2014 5

Edgars feature

This week our taste test took us in search of Canberra’s Best Parma, or chicken parmigiana for those not in the ‘know.

Nominations gave us two favourites – Edgar’s Inn in Ainslie and Shorty’s Bar in the City.

Taste tests were undertaken over lunch times, with Edgar’s Inn up first. For those of you who haven’t been to Edgar’s yet, it’s worth a visit. It’s a nice little pub with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere – particularly in warmer weather.

Edgar’s served up a good sized schnitzel with a rich and slightly sweet tomato sauce, a nice slice of ham and plenty of perfectly grilled, well distributed (why does this prove such a challenge in so may places?) cheese. The schnitzel was slightly overcooked but not unpleasantly so and the crumb was tasty. The parma was served with a side of shoestring fries and a simple salad – very much a full plate, meaning we left with full tummies.

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Next up was Shorty’s, which we sampled on a Wednesday, not realizing they have a pretty hot deal on a Tuesday including a parma and a beer for $15.

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Shorty’s served up a succulent schnitzel, thicker than we sampled at Edgar’s, perfectly cooked. It was topped with a tomato jam instead of the more traditional Napoli sauce which wasn’t as moist as we would have liked and there wasn’t nearly enough of it to match the size of the schnitzel. It was served with chunky chips and a garnish, missing the side-salad of Edgar’s.

Service and surroundings were good in both, with Shorty’s slightly quicker service and Edgar’s more tentative in checking we had everything we needed. Shorty’s parma was more expensive at $24 compared to Edgar’s at $21.

All in all, for us, the best was Edgar’s.

Although it has to be said, we’re still searching for the perfect parma.

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5 Responses to Best of Canberra – parma taste off
#1
Kalliste4:05 pm, 28 Aug 14

It’s probably just the photo but the plate from Shorty’s looks really unappealing.

#2
fabforty5:54 pm, 28 Aug 14

Kalliste said :

It’s probably just the photo but the plate from Shorty’s looks really unappealing.

+ 1
Looks burnt

#3
Maya1236:17 pm, 28 Aug 14

fabforty said :

Kalliste said :

It’s probably just the photo but the plate from Shorty’s looks really unappealing.

+ 1
Looks burnt

+1. Very burnt. And where’s the salad the others have? Very unappetising looking.

#4
lumnock3:40 pm, 29 Aug 14

Maya123 said :

fabforty said :

Kalliste said :

It’s probably just the photo but the plate from Shorty’s looks really unappealing.

+ 1
Looks burnt

+1. Very burnt. And where’s the salad the others have? Very unappetising looking.

+1
If you photoshopped off the little bit of green on top of Shorty’s it would look even more exaggerated.

As an idea, I think you should also see about holding an open competition and contact as many restaurants as want to take part in it. Give them a chance to explain what makes their offerings different, when the have special nights etc etc. Crowd sourcing favourites is one approach, but it favours the more established venues than new places trying to get the word of mouth out there. I’m sure venues would be more than happy to give away a free course for the publicity.

#5
Phend2:46 pm, 30 Aug 14

I do enjoy Edgar’s.

But the best parma I’ve had anywhere is form Walsh’s pub in Queanbeyan. Worth checking out.

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