Sunday, 24 March 2013

International Hotel - Ploughman Edition

Regular readers of this blog would know that I have a huge man-crush on the International Hotel in Brisbane's Spring Hill. And what makes it even more "In Parms Way Friendly" is they do a couple of varieties of chicken parm.

With today being Palm Parm Sunday we had to go out for lunch, and what better place than the International Hotel.

As we've already been there before this won't be a long post, but just a quick outline of what the Ploughman Chicken Parm is like. Here is a picture...

The ploughman has chicken, chips and salad like a regular parm. And some cheese too, but instead of napoli we're met with a delicious and tasty mushroom sauce. And no ham, this is bacon siting on top of the cheese. Two field mushrooms finish the dish.

It was pretty damn tasty too, the chicken was cooked just right, and aside from being a touch too thick in places it couldn't be faulted. The whole meal had a really nice earth flavour to it and the chips we're done spot on.

I only had a touch of salad, being in a separate bowl I could offer it to "Mrs In Parms Way" as her seafood stuff wasn't too large. She enjoyed it but said the dressing was a bit strong...

Footballs about to start again, see you next time and happy PARM SUNDAY!!

-Dave the Mega-Parm

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Breakfast Creek Hotel

I've lived in Brisbane for nearly eight years and this is the first time I've ever been to the Breakfast Creek Hotel. I've heard before that it's awesome and great and somewhere you have to go, but for some reason just haven't been, until today.

It's a beautiful, sunny, autumn day in Brisbane today and what better place to spend it than outside in a beer garden, eating chicken parm and drinking XXXX out of an f-ing wooden keg!! Beer off the wood!!! We got there at about midday and the place was already pretty lively. We took our seats, got a few drinks and ordered lunch.

Does the Breakfast Creek Hotel do a chicken parm? You bet they do. Before I show you the picture, I just wanted to say how proud I am of these ones. The somewhat new DSLR camera of the better-half was used to take these. It sh!t's all over what my little iPhone 3G can do.

For $29.00 it's well and truly up there is the price stakes, rivaling the cost of some of the steaks on the menu. But the service was pretty good and the food was ready pretty quickly. You order/pay at the bar, the staff give you a beeper and you go collect your meal when it's cooked and ready.

Funny thing about the ordering. When you go out for chicken parm there aren't really many choices to make, "I'll have a chicken parm please". When you go with someone getting a steak, hoo boy, "fillet mignon, medium rare, jacket potato and salad, put the sauce on the side, and wave it in front of a registered JP, to make sure its legit".... Pretty sure I'll get in trouble for this comment, haha.

How was the parm though? 

Size: Large bit of chicken. Chips were on the smaller side, could have done with another 50% helping. Salad was a good size, but salad is a salad, not too fussed about the greenery.

Chicken: Delicious. One of the best cooked bits of chicken I've had since starting this blog. Cooked perfectly, was a uniform thickness all the way through, juicy and succulent and crumbed to perfection. Hats off to the mother chicken, you did well.

Ham Bacon: Great pork product. Worked really well with the meal. Cooked so it was crispy but not over the top to be brittle. 

Cheese: Large amount of cheese, was slightly dominating the flavour in the middle of the chicken but worked well. Better too much than not enough, at least in this case.

Sauce: Not much sauce, but the extra cheese and the tasty bacon helped here. Would have been a more balanced and complete meal with more sauce I think. Or even sauce with a bit more flavour.

Chips: The disappointment of the day. Chips were plain and boring. And not enough of them to really help with the chicken. I did however dunk a few into the chilli sauce on my partners steak. That's some really great sauce. Whoever decided to pair chilli sauce and steak together is a genius.

Salad: Nice salad, had a mustardy vinaigrette on it. Plus all the "bits" were cut up really small (shredded), well except for the massive tomato, but that made it easier to push to the side. 

Here's another picture of the meal.

All in all, I enjoyed my chicken parm experience from the Breakfast Creek Hotel. If they could make their chips more interesting and mabe lower the price of the parma by $5 I would highly recommend it to anyone. As it is though, I would only go there again if there was a proper reason to.

Talking of reasons to go back though, the XXXX in the wooden keg was awesome. Less than $6 a schooner, and tasted much nicer than regular XXXX, smoother and more gentle... Love it!

I want one for home!

Until next time (tomorrow, it's Parm Sunday).

-Dave the Mega-Parm

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Monday, 4 March 2013

Quick Post: Coffs Hotel

Quick parm update. Spent the weekend in Coffs Harbour. On Friday night (after a fair few beers) we went to the Coffs Hotel for dinner. Here's a picture of the chicken parm!

I don't remember a huge amount about it but I do remember it was pretty nice. Very small bit of chicken though. Would certainly go back and try it again in a more sober state.

-Dave the Mega-Parm