The warmer weather has inspired Lady Parmi to hazard a trek down to Victor Harbor to enjoy the sunshine by the sea side. Almost every South Aussie has been there, hunting for penguins on granite island, camel rides on the beach, gorgeous blue waters, bronzed young Victor Harbor surfers – Oh and the food, which is more often than not shared with pesky seagulls that seem to multiply in numbers whenever you throw a chip away.
The first thing I see when I hit the main street is a big sign “SCHNITZEL ENCOUNTERS” exciting – sounds seedy. But it has got me hooked either way.
The restaurant needs a re-design and upgrade. Looks like a sizzler, grey / blue colour scheme, with a big bain-marie in the centre and lots of tables pushed together with hard seating. I order a standard, which I discover is 2x150g schnitz with a choice of topping on either one (the choice of schnitz/topping are various and plentiful). A small is 1x150g schnitz and the MEGA is 3x150g – you can essentially have 3 completely different taste combos on one plate… woah! I opt for the traditional chicken parmigiana so I can get my review on.
Location: 2 Ocean St, Victor Harbor SA 5211
Price: Standard Schnitzel $14.90 + $3 For the Parmi Topping.
Size: A nice size Parmi – very uniform in size – first impression, they weren’t even hiding the fact that it was all pressed meat in these bad boys. Cooked far too long and served up luke warm. 5/10
Sides: Salad was as I mentioned a bain-marie. Loads of options for salad or veg. Quite, fresh looking as far as this kind of set up usually goes. Vegies didn’t look too dry and the salad was nice and crispy. A big basket of bread rolls and butter. All the usual suspects. 6/10
Topping: I was quite looking forward to the topping – it is described as a “Tomato & Basil Salsa with Grilled Cheese” on the menu, so I had visions of chunky tomato and that distinctly warm basil pesto flavour dancing all over my tongue! But alas… Damn I hate giving bad reviews… but it was like a wave of red sauce and loads of under grilled cheese. Sorry guys. 5/10
Value: Standard Chicken Parmi was $17.90. I was struggling with menu envy big time – my lunch date ordered a beef schnitz with a Mexican topping and coupled that with another beef snit with Meat lovers topping – both of which tasted great and looked even better. I would have paid $17.90 quite happily for a beef Mexican one : ( 6/10
Venue: Sizzler style family environment! Tones of happy kids with tomato sauce faces cruising around the place. Happy blonde victor harbor cutie waitresses and a general sense of comfort. It was a great people watching pub – everyone seemed to be enjoying their victor harbor summer, if not quite enjoying their pub fare. Sitting outside having a beer is the best aspect of the pub, but is spoilt by the lack of variety on tap. 7/10
Overall: The amount of choices here is endless there are so many different varieties of both the schnitz and the topping, unfortunately though it wasn’t executed all that well. If they start to use some better quality ingredients then this could really be a nice little pub for a day trip. It just doesn’t quite tick any of the boxes taste-wise though and unlike my co-reviews mini golf score was below par. My advice, stick with the fish and chips on the sea shore
Parmi Guide Rating: 58%