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Your guide to Ballarat’s best parmas

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20 Jan 2020

Filed underFood & Drink

It’s the classic pub dish that’s developed a cult following – the chicken parmigiana.

Ballarat folk love a good old parma so we put the call out on Facebook to find out who serves up the best of the best and, oh boy, was the battle tight!

So, without further ado, Ballarat’s top five parmas can be found at: 

1. The Bunch of Grapes Hotel
401 Pleasant Street South, Ballarat

  • “The Bunch of Grapes by the length of the Flemington straight.” (Jack Goossens)
  • “The Bunch of Grapes by a marathon.” (Todd Douglass)
  • “They are so big and taste great.” (Susan Haywood)
  • “The Bunch of Grapes, hands down.” (Ebony Hazendonk)
  • “The Bunch of Grapes do a pretty good one.” (Michael Gordon)

2. Royal Oak Hotel 
402 South Street, Ballarat

  • “The Royal Oak, no competition.” (Braiden Michetti)
  • “100 per cent The Royal Oak. They have been perfecting the parma for 25 years.” (Sophie Jackson)
  • “The best parmas with great service. Do yourself a favour and try the Oak.” (Renny O’Connor)

3. Crown Hotel
508 Warrenheip Street, Buninyong

  • “The Crown Hotel by a mile.” (Daniel Glenn)
  • “You’re absolutely kidding yourself if you say anywhere else.” (Alex Miller)
  • “So good!” (Harmony Bax-Branagan)

4. Irish Murphy’s
36 Sturt Street, Ballarat 

  • “Thick juicy chicken breast with a beautiful topping. I highly recommend.” (Tahanyth Webster)

5. The Mallow Hotel
20 Skipton Street, Ballarat

THE RUNNERS-UP (in no particular order)

The Deck
30 Lydiard Street North, Ballarat (main image)

  • “The Deck on price, size and quality alone. No one can compete – that’s why they are smashing it.” (Shades McCarthy)
  • “Great flavour and size and you can’t beat them on price.” (Matthew James Healey) 

Oscars Hotel
18 Doveton Street South, Ballarat

  • “The gluten-free parma is excellent. You can get full size or lunch size.” (Ann Reynolds)

The Munster Arms Hotel
10 Victoria Street, Ballarat

The Lake View Hotel
22 Wendouree Parade, Ballarat

The Sporting Globe 
201 Mair Street, Ballarat

Table 48 
48 Humffray Street North, Ballarat

La Porchetta 
825 Sturt Street, Ballarat

Lazy Moe’s
1851 Sturt Street, Ballarat

Snake Valley Hotel
886 Carngham-Linton Road, Snake Valley 


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.