Where? The Racecourse Hotel, 895 Dandenong Rd. Malvern East
Price? - $25 Charity event special
Reviewers – Emma, Lee, Nikki & Tim [/info]
Happy Easter everyone!
Now you're all most likely out enjoying the long weekend and not reading about chicken parmas, but this is just a quick update on what we got up to last night.
A few weeks back I heard that both The Racecourse Hotel and The Rosstown hotel were putting on a special event - $25 for a parma and pot from 12 - 9 on Thursday April 2nd, with 100% of the profits going directly to the Royal Children's Hospital Good Friday Appeal.
This is an idea I was more than happy to throw my full support behind - I wouldn't be alive without The Royal Children's, so I know first hand of all the good they do.
So last night we loaded up the parma bus and headed out to Malvern East, to the Racecourse Hotel.
Now I'm not listing this as an official attempt as it was a one-day thing, so if anything this is more to raise awareness and give some props to a couple of pubs that did a really cool thing.
We sat down at the table and were greeted by our first Easter surprise ...
Such a cool little touch.
The pub was packed with hungry parma lovers, which gave me the warm & fuzzies. Full details of the event were attached to the front of the menu -
Sounds good to me! we placed our orders and waited for the meals to arrive.
Beer list at the Racecourse is pretty standard, nothing to write home about, but including Little Creatures as the free pot was definitely appreciated.
Shortly after we ordered the parmas arrived ...
I was so glad that they didn't cheap out for the parma deal. Real chicken breast with perfectly cooked crumbs that had an amazing crunch. The schnitzel was big, thick and a great foundation for the meal.
The toppings were also pretty good. The inclusion of ham was greatly appreciated and very flavoursome. The napoli was fine (could have used a little more coverage) and the mozzarella was melted to perfection.
The chips were your standard store-bought beer battered oven chips - The lack of salad meant there were heaps of them, and they were perfectly cooked and seasoned (I didn't realise just how well seasoned they were and proceeded to add salt myself ... my bad)
As I said there was no salad included in the dish, it was available for an extra charge but we chose not to partake.
Even if it wasn't for charity I'd be happy with the parma at The Racecourse - It has just rocketed up our list of parmas to try, as I am very keen to go back and check out how it does in a non-special situation.
As I said this was just a quick review to shine some light on folks that went above and beyond to help those in need, the parma wasn't perfect (although it was damn good) but I'm trying not to criticise too much, as it's all for a good cause. It was a great initiative that I was glad to be a part of.
Have a great long weekend - Back to regular business next week!