Alright, this is just a quickie update, as I need to get the word out on this thing. It's only 'for a limited time' so its not gonna get a full review, a lot like the KFC Parmy Stacker a few months back.
Now, lets get one thing straight - I love Red Rooster. In my opinion its one of the most under-rated fast food's we have, The chips are consistently fantastic (Unlike KFC's which are all over the shop) and the 'Fully Loaded Pack' is my Sunday morning hangover cure of choice.
But yesterday afternoon this was brought to my attention on Twitter...
Good lord. You know you're in trouble when the professionally photographed photo of the thing looks like the worst thing I've ever seen.
But I had to do it, I had to take one for the team - I've got an obligation to try these things so that you guys don't have to. I went into my local Reddy Red and there it was, in the middle of the menu board...
$8.99 for the Parmy meal, with a choice of mash or chips (I went with chips) and the option to add a second schnitzel for $3.49 ... this struck me as odd at the time, but would realise why later on.
A few minutes later I received my meal and ran it home in my hot little hands, I opened it up and ... um... yeah.
So at first glance there wasn't actually any chicken visible, only chips, peas and a pile of semi-melted cheese. somehow the cheese seemed to be on top of the peas and chips, with the schnitzel underneath.
To get a better look I separated all the elements out on a plate ...
I think the picture says it all really. I don't even think this qualifies as a parma. First all. There were peas everywhere. The cheese on top of the parma was more pea than it was cheese. The "Schnitzel" was nothing more than a Red Rooster burger patty. The need for the option to "add a schnitzel" for $3.50 became painstakingly clear - they know how bad it is, so they are giving you an option to make it slightly less awful.
There may have been some napoli on it at some point in a previous life, maybe the chicken had brushed up against a tomato as it was walking around the farm, but that was it. I was in shock... how could they think that this would work? An utter insult to parma lovers everywhere.
There isn't much more to say. Don't waste your money on this abomination, I'm putting this review up as a public service announcement for people who are thinking "how bad could it be?" Trust me, whatever you're imagining, it's worse.
Chips were pretty good though.