The Verdict: The last time I was at the Elephant Hotel a legend was born when a friend fell asleep in a stall. Whilst the Elephant Hotel Chicken Parma was pretty good it certainly did not reach such legendary heights. A lot of the elements of this dish were quite good. Unfortunately, the chicken piece was a little dry and not well crumbed and the cheese was somewhat lacking.
Chicken Piece: The chicken piece on the Elephant Chicken Parma was quite a large piece. The crumbing of the piece was quite sparse and the chicken piece was a little over cooked which left it a bit dry.
Tomato Sauce: I really enjoyed this element of this dish. The sauce was full of flavor, covered the chicken piece well and cut through some of the dryness of the chicken piece.
Ham: Whilst the slice of ham did well to cover a large portion of the chicken piece with this dish it was quite a thin slice and taste wise was largely redundant against such a hearty tomato sauce.
Cheese: Whilst the cheese might not look great in the photo and did not go far enough to cover the chicken piece it actually tasted quite nice.
Side Dishes: I really enjoyed both the chips and salad on the Elephant Hotel Parma. The salad was a coleslaw that was quite tasty and a very large portion. The chips were well cooked, well seasoned and tasted great.
Presentation: Given the size of the chicken piece it was always going to be difficult for all of this food to fit easily even on a largish sized plate. The plate though at the Elephant Hotel was a standard size and thus the chicken piece ended up covering the bulk of the chips.
The Venue: The Elephant Hotel is on Wickham Street in Fortitude Valley. I remember it from many years ago as a classic Valley pub with great live music. It has gone through a large renovation since the last time I went there and now possesses a large outside eating area. TAB and bottle shop facilities are available. My Parma cost $21.
The Final Word: As I said in the preamble, this was actually a pretty good chicken parma. A lot of the elements were really quite good however the dryness of the chicken piece and the thinness of the ham where real negatives.