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.
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.
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.