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Mar 4, 2009 04:46 AM

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

          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.