Hello dear reader! Welcome to a brand new segment on ParmaDaze which I am dubbing "Crossing the Road".
The point of Crossing the Road is to feature some parmas that, while they may be great, never get a guernsey as they are only available via delivery. The Menulog, the Uber Eats, the EatNow, the Delivery Hero and the Deliveroo parmas that, while not boasting the same atmosphere and range of alcohol options as a parma at your local pub, afford the opportunity to eat a parma without pants and not be told "You have to put on some jeans or get out of the bistro", "people are trying to eat" and "for the love of god sir, where are your underpants?!"
Now this won't happen often, don't think I'm going to get lazy and just sit at home ordering delivery parmas from here on out (even though that is damn tempting), but my goal is to have it as an occasional pop-up, maybe even a bonus post in addition to the regular review (although not this week).
So without further ado, lets get this chicken crossing the road!
Where? - Shop 3, 76-78 Keilor Rd, Essendon North
Price? - $16 for Standard/Bolognaise. $18 for Calabrese/Tropicana
Reviewers – Lee & Nikki
Delivery areas - Aberfeldie, Airport West, Ascot Vale, Avondale Heights, Brunswick, Carlton North, Coburg, Essendon, Fawkner, Flemington, Glenroy, Gowanbrae, Hadfield, Kealba, Keilor East, Keilor Park, Kingsville, Maribyrnong, Moonee Ponds, Niddrie, Oak Park, Pascoe Vale, Preston, Princes Hill, Seddon, Strathmore, Sunshine, Travancore, Tullamarine, University of Melbourne, Westmeadows
Hot damn that is a lot of suburbs.
So! When starting a new segment such as this I said to myself "How should I start a new segment such as this?". I had one place in mind that we had been recommended, but as luck would have it we decided to launch this little experiment on the one day of the week that the certain establishment I had in mind wasn't open for delivery - So that one will be pushed until next time.
The most simple solution I could come up with was to fire up the app and pick the highest rated place I could find that served a parma. Onto the iPad I delved and brought forth the list
There she blows! Four and a half stars for Your Tram Stop Kitchen. For a little extra reassurance I checked out the user reviews to see what they had to say...
Thats a lot of tens! All seemingly from February 2017. I did a little research and it would seem that Your Tram Stop Kitchen Just opened this month, but nobody seems to upset! I checked the menu for our target
Four options, all reasonably priced. For the sake of variety Reviewer Nikki opted for the Parmigiana Bolognese while I went with the standard parma.
No beers here I'm afraid. Had to go non-alcoholic this week, Luckily there were still some cans of 150 Lashes in the fridge from the weekend's festivities.
25% off the first order meant a saving of over $10 - A very nice surprise indeed.
I got the confirmation of order with an estimated delivery time of 1 hour. To kill the time I looked up Your Tram Stop Kitchen of Facebook and nabbed this photo of their interior -
Doesn't look too shabby! For all intents and purposes a nice, clean, well furnished take-away joint.
30 minutes after advising the food would arrive in an hour there was a ring on the doorbell. Bonus!
I collected our dinner and spread it out on the dining room table for a photoshoot.
The first thing that struck me, as I'm sure you've noticed, is that rather than opt for a full sized parma the Tram Stop Kitchen has gone for two smaller chicken fillets. both crumbed and prepared as individual mini-parmas. I'd normally be a little miffed at this but when I cut in to find pure, fresh chicken breast as opposed to Coles deli-window schnitzels (always a huge risk when ordering delivery) I was much more forgiving. I'll take two smaller real chicken breasts over a large slab of factory made crap any day of the week.
The crumbing was fine, didn't have much of a crunch but its hard to expect anything that's taken a 10 minute drive in a plastic box to remain crunchy. The chicken, as mentioned, was real chicken breast, albeit a little dry. Not a terrible start to the dish!
The toppings on the traditional were fine. Good coverage of cheese and napoli. Nothing stellar, but they were flavoursome enough. Unfortunately this parma was without a slice of ham, something which would have really helped this dish. The Tropicana option that we didn't get comes with a slice of ham instead of pineapple. I'd get this instead if I ever returned to the Tram Stop.
I asked Reviewer Nikki her thoughts of the bolognese parma and her response was "it's nice but it needs ham, and the bolognese needs more sauce - it's a little dry"
The chips, like the crumbs, didn't fare too well in the hotbox. They could have used some seasoning as well. But there was a decent serve at least and, although soggy, were still piping hot when they arrived.
The salad was your traditional pizza place salad, which I couldn't describe more succinctly than this clip from Family Guy
But it was surprisingly fresh and un-wilted.
For only $16 I can forgive the majority of the slip ups, and the 25% discount for first time orders doesn't hurt it either. I'm not gonna hurry back to Your Tram Stop Kitchen - But I've got no problems knowing that its there.
If you're in the delivery zone and can take advantage of the 25% discount I'd say give it a crack, Hell even full price is cheaper than what you'd get elsewhere so might as well try it then too.
And that about wraps up the first Crossing the Road! I wasn't blown away but I'd call it a successful experiment. I'm not gonna score these as comparing a pub parma to a delivery parma is like comparing apples and oranges. Well. Not that much of a difference. Apples and Pears.
Catch you next week for a proper pub parma, with beers and everything!
... Now where did I put my pants?