Shamrock Hotel (Echuca)

579 – 583 High St, Echuca

Tripadvisor

Hotel website

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Parmas! Parmas! More Parmas! Yes these are all the parma options Shamrock has: 2 A3 pages full. Wait, is that sweet parma I see?

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Sweet parmas

How about a parmadamia? Or a parma mah na mah na? Or a parmalova? The options are endless.

So how it works is: you pick your topping from the vast A3 page; then you pick your schnitzel from chicken, beef, pork or fish; then you pick two sides from salad, chips, mash or vegetables.

The Texas T w/ bacon & smokey BBQ sauce topped w/ jack cheese & beer battered onion rings (24.90)

The Texas T w/ bacon & smokey BBQ sauce topped w/ jack cheese & beer battered onion rings (24.90)

I was beastly hungry that day, so I ordered this artery clogging beast of a parma. Anyway, sadly the onion rings weren’t crunchy, the heavy toppings made the parma underneath soggy and the chicken itself was overcooked. Oddly enough, it reminded of a domino meatlover pizza. So this beast was all about clogging my arteries and did nothing for my taste buds. 

BOCM Parma w/ crispy bacon, caramelised onion, cheese and sauteed mushroom (24.90)

BOCM Parma w/ crispy bacon, caramelised onion, cheese and sauteed mushroom (24.90)

Luckily, I had more sensible friends who ordered much tamer dishes. Though sadly, the tamer toppings couldn’t make me overlook the soggy and overcooked parmas.

Creamy Tomato w/ Virginian ham and creamy tomato and melted mozzarella cheese sauce (22.90)

Creamy Tomato w/ Virginian ham and creamy tomato and melted mozzarella cheese sauce (22.90)

Out of all the parmas we ordered, I liked this one the best, because it wasn’t overbearing and the tangy creamy tomato actually paired well with the schnitzel underneath.

The Shamrock definitely made up what they lacked in quality with quantity. I mean, both in the variety and the size of the dishes, none of us could finish our meals. So they may not serve up the tastiest parmas I’ve had, but really the novelty is quite fun. So I think I would actually take my family there to show them all the possibilities a parma would adorn the next time we pass through Echuca. Maybe I will even be game enough to have a chocolate parma next time.

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