HAM, TOMATO AND STRINGS OF MELTED CHEESE – all loaded on a crispy chicken PARMA with a pot of sparkling apple cider straight from the local brewery. The heartiest way to end our day trip across the Yarra Valley! After a day of cruising through the famed, sprawling green vineyards speckled with the orange leaves of Autumn, we went on the hunt of the best Parma in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges for dinner. This took us to none other than the Yarra Valley Grand Hotel.
Built in 1888 and a National Trust hotel, nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley at Yarra Glen, the Yarra Valley Grand Hotel was THE spot to be on a Wednesday night (or any night for that matter). With a Victorian-esque rustic interior, a line of local beers on tap waiting to drunk, live music on the weekends, this historical hotel embodied the vibes that truly define a regional Victorian pub. We even lucked out with their WEDNESDAY $22 PARMA + POT DEAL!
The moment I laid my eyes on the huge plate in front of me, I knew we were in for a treat. The perfect amount of molten cheese with a slight golden char, a generous coating of tomato sauce, and slices of ham peeking out underneath, stacked satisfyingly on a thick chicken parma. The best thing? The taste certainly did not disappoint. That all-important crumble coating was crispy and light, whilst the strips of chicken inside were still so juicy and tender. And who could forget the generous spoonfuls of garden salad and insanely addictively potato fries on the side?
There is of course, no parma without a POT – and having made a pitstop at Innocent Bystander in Healesville previously, we opted for a pint of their “Real Apple Cider” and it was REAL to say the least! I loved how refreshing it was when paired with the parma, but the best part was the subtle sweetness and lingering taste of pink lady apples that came after.
Parma aside, we also tried their daily special – an orechiette pasta with beef ragu. Melbourne city is blessed with world-class Italian food, and the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is no exception. The sweetness of the tomato-based sauce, tenderness of the beef ragu, blended with the creaminess of goat’s cheese on a bed of al dente orechiette was another standout dish that I would not hesitate to order again at the Yarra Valley Grand Hotel.
And so that was the first spot on our hunt for the BEST PARMA OF THE VALLEY – make sure can to have your say at this link HERE before April 30. (Every entry goes in the draw to win a voucher valued at A$250 to enjoy at your choice of the winning venue!)
CHECK OUT THE MENU OF THE YARRA VALLEY GRAND HOTEL HERE
2wofatgirls would like to thank Yarra Valley Grand Hotel, Yarra Glen, and Yarra Valley Tourism for extending this invitation – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration.