We’ve found some of the best options in town for this pub-grub classic. Whether you want well-priced parmas or variations on the theme, step this way. Not sure whether it’s time to head out? Check the DHHS website for up to date information.
The Duke of Wellington
Melbourne’s oldest pub, The Duke of Wellington, has a parma to suit all hunger levels. Choose between the classic Duke parma or the petite parma for when you don’t want to overdo it. As a bonus, there’s unlimited fries until the end of September. Book a table online or call 03 9810 0066.
Time Out Fed Square
Set up under those iconic orange umbrellas at Fed Square, Time Out is a parma gem hidden in plain sight. These loaded schnittys come oozing with delicious melted cheese and a rich sauce – perfect for your winter comfort food cravings. Swing by in July and August and this perfect plate of yum will set you back a mere fifteen bucks! You can make a booking online.
Here, it’s all about the parma. Choose a chicken, veal or eggplant parma, prepared in one of nine styles, from original to vindaloo. Then get something equally good to sip on. Mrs Parma’s has lots of Victorian craft brews – and cider – on tap, plus plenty more bottled beer and wine. In other words, this is parma paradise. Mrs Parma’s is open again from 17 June. Call 03 9639 2269 for bookings.
One of the CBD’s few old corner pubs still going strong, the Imperial Hotel has been serving up parmas for generations. Now though, it’s not one-size-fits-all, choose a full or half-size parma or try the eggplant. You can book a table online.
North Melbourne is blessed with great pubs, including The Leveson, a Victorian-era building with a very modern interior. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of old-school pleasure on the menu, including a parma with smoked ham, and beer-battered chips on the side. Thursday’s your best bet because there’s a $20 parma-and-pint special for lunch and dinner. If you don’t fancy beer or cider they’ll happily switch it up to a glass of wine or a softie. The Leveson is open again from 24 June. Call 03 9328 1109 to make a booking.
After a wall to wall renovation, Kensington’s Hardimans Hotel re-opened as a pretty posh pub in 2018. The parma’s a bit posh too, though not the price tag, $24 is money well spent for this generous slab of deliciousness. The flavours are bold, from the garlicky crumbs to the slightly salty prosciutto, and the chips are big, thick-cut beauties. It’s a warm welcome back right there on your plate. Bookings essential.
The Oxford Scholar
Here’s some A+ news for RMIT students past and present, The Oxford Scholar is returning 1 August. One of the city’s oldest pubs, it re-opened last year after a big, beautiful renovation. The menu’s had a major overhaul too, but you’ll still find a classic parma. It comes with salad and fries for only $20 and on Tuesday you can get a drink included too. Book online.
More parma potential
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, all venues are complying with the government recommended safe distancing requirements. Maximum of 20 diners per indoor space. Bookings are essential. Businesses may close or change their offering at short notice.