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Hunt for a Chicken Parma

Does anyone know a good pub which serves Chicken Parmigana?

In Australia it is very popular as a pub food. I am talking breaded chicken breast topped with ham, napoli sauce and lashings of melted cheese. Generally served with chips and a token portion of salad. I have just had a sudden craving. Help much appreciated.

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  1. I'm assuming you mean 'in London' - hard though it may be to believe, there are people on this board who live and work outside the capital. Anyhow, I had the same craving today, but had to settle for a hunters chicken - unbreaded breast fillet, BBQ sauce, bacon and melted cheese. Good but not the real thing.

    1. I'm not certain and it's not a pub suggestion, but I would expect one of those Italian cafes cum fry-up breakfasts cum sandwich bars to do a chicken parm - a place that came to my mind was the one next to Russell Square tube, across from the Brunswick Centre. I had breakfast in there years ago with a friend who was staying at a hotel in Bloomsbury. Anybody know this place and can comment further?

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      1. re: themags

        The Italian place next to Russell Square station is Trattoria Bardigiana.


      2. Sounds a bit like this:


        Or is your cheese etc. outside the breadcrumb layer?

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        1. re: Robin Joy

          Robin, it's on the outside. It's a schnitzel with tomato sauce, a slice of ham and then cheese finsihed under a grill. Not everywhere does the ham.

          As a gourmet discussion subject, it raises passions in Australia, especially Melbourne. Whether to ham or not, whether to deep fry the schnitzel or pan fr, the relationship with the chips (same plate? different plate?) etc ad infinitum.

          To get an idea of the passion, have a look at www.parma.com.au

          1. re: mr_gimlet

            Perhaps check your local Walkabout??? (apologies if that's just too frightening a suggestion!!)

            1. re: mr_gimlet

              "It's a schnitzel with tomato sauce, a slice of ham and then cheese finsihed under a grill."

              That sounds just fab (if not slimming). Is it of Italian origin or an American/ Australian creation? I don't think I've seen anything quite like it on a British Italian restaurant menu.

              You might be on to the "Next Big Thing" for the UK dining scene.

              1. re: Harters

                I've never seen low-fat mozzarella cheese in the UK, John (yet), but it's popular in the States and probably cuts down the fat consumption just a bit. The crumbed chicken kievs with cheese here are not all that different, although the shape is. The chicken for the parmagiana is usually flattened out... like a veal cutlet which is cooked the same way. Veal parmagiana is another Yank favorite.

                1. re: zuriga1

                  You can buy low-fat mozzarella everywhere in the UK - I know Lidl stocks it.

                  1. re: greedygirl

                    Thanks - I'll check in Lidl. I really have never seen it when I am in Tesco, Sainsbury's etc. Maybe I'm not looking hard enough. I haven't seen low-fat ricotta either.

                    1. re: zuriga1

                      Asda sells low-fat mozarella as well, as does Tesco, although only in certain branches, as far as I can tell.

          2. Chicken Parmagiana is a staple in American diets, too. I don't think we ever use the ham as part of that dish. I always used mozarella as a topping - what do they use in Australia? It's often served with spaghetti, but never chips. :-) Aubergine (eggplant) parmagiana is another big favorite.

            I would think a lot of Italian cafes here or restaurants would have it on the menu. I'll ask around.

            1. This website seems to have an Australian version.... guess this guy was homesick for some of this, too.


              1. You might have a bit of a trek, I don't think I've seen them this far south! Popular in Teeside, though, where they're called Parmo's and they're served with artery clogging levels of fat...

                1. Oh another food item i miss from home... so good. Might make some for dinner, I haven't seen it anywhere here (not even Walkabouts) I don't think, although I don't eat out very often. Will get on the hunt and see what I can find.
                  It is extra good with ham and eggplant between the schnitzel and cheese, imagine how good it would be with parma ham and proper mozzarelly, you have just solved my what to have for dinner debarcle!!

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                  1. re: rolyatoj

                    Thanks for all your help everyone although it seems we are still no closer to our elusive goal - I may have to make my own or head to Teeside.

                    1. re: Gourmet Chick

                      Those parmos from Middlesbrough, darlo, stockton etc. Are nothing like what your after. All they are is a chicken breast fried in a pan with cheddar melted on top. Usually made by iranians or pakistani take away owners too. I know what your after. Had loads in new york with veal though in a sandwich. Called veal parmigian. As for low fat mozzarella, its sold in all supermarkets everywhere.

                      Check the the link re parmo's

                  2. Hey, parmo's from teesside aren't the same thing but trust me they are nothing like suggested by 'sosa hudds' and are often served in pubs and restuarants.
                    They're tendersied chicken or pork, deep friend in bread crumbs, with bechemel sauce and topped with a selecten of melted cheeses. They are fantastic and well worth a try although still not quite what you were looking or unfortunatly.

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                    1. re: Cloggs

                      Agreed. The Italian-American "parm"/"parmigiana" variants differ in that they're usually accompanied only by a tomato pasta or pizza sauce variant (depending on where you buy them -- delis, pizza outlets, restaurants, etc.) and some Italian cheese such as provolone (frequently in delis) or mozzarella (in pizza places). And in restaurants, more typically served with the sauce on top of pasta.

                      And you're not getting chips and sald with your U.S. chicken parm, sadly.

                      So parmos with extra toppings, as in the Wikipedia link, are perhaps the closest thing to what Gourmet Chick is looking for.

                    2. Not sure if the OP is still looking for this but you can find a similar dish in Argentinian cuisine, it's something I've enjoyed eating in the past.

                      Check out the specialities on the El Gaucho online menu, you may be able to persuade them to make the equivalent of a chicken parma. Might also be worth contacting places like Garufa and Buen Ayre.

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                      1. re: oonth

                        I am still looking so thanks Oonth will have a look at the Gaucho menu

                        1. re: Gourmet Chick

                          Not sure if this is what you're looking for but this NY pizza place in Westbourne Grove does other dishes including chicken parmesan http://www.mulberrystreet.co.uk/menu_...

                          1. re: iheartcupcakes

                            i used to go down to Bar Italia in Soho just off old compton street after a night out to have something similar and strong espresso coffee. it was really tasty and cheap if i remember correctly, but it was a couple of years ago and most of the time I'd had a few drinks so my memory could be decieving me. it was always busy and there was a great vibe. Cross over to the French House for great cider (i know you didnt ask but it just popped into my head!)