Mrs Parma's

Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

25 Little Bourke St
Melbourne, VIC 3000

+61 3 9639 2269 | map

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Rated: 4 by Agentveba from North Carolina

Dec 03, 2014
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Reviewed by Breeza from Australia

4.75/5  rDev +12.8%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
I live in regional Victoria, Australia and often travel to Melbourne to watch stage productions, music concerts etc several times a year. For the last five or so years I have been going to Mrs Parmas and every single time I have not been disappointed.

They have a lot of Victorian microbrews available both by bottle and by tap which I really admire and respect- I wish a lot more Melbourne/Victoria establishments did the same!!! The menu is great too- at least ten different parmas at a time with different bases- and they are vegetarian/vegan friendly which is probably the equal best reason I come! They also have a bistro menu for people who aren't parma fans- with classics like fish 'n' chips, pasta, salads etc.

I really recommend booking because this place isn't too huge and they are popular so tables can fill up fast at meal times. The service is pretty fast too- you can be in and out within an hour which makes it a great place if you are going to a show etc because they are really reliable. And the staff are without a doubt the most accommodating I have come across in terms of meeting a special dietary requirement (vegan) on the spot- absolutely no hassle to them!!!

I have brought so many people to this place since I first found it and all have been impressed- and I will keep bringing people here as long as I can! I am even planning a tasting weekend as there is a hotel directly across from Mrs Parmas. Highly recommend to anyone!
Feb 16, 2014
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Reviewed by soju6 from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -7.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75
Nice place, nothing fancy, that serves only Victoria craft beers. Service is good and the bartenders are friendly and are very knowledgeable about the beers they serve. They have a steady turnover or rotation of beers about every 3 months or so. You are able to order a beer paddle of 5 beers to sample if you are not sure what you want. The food menu is a bit limited but what they serve is good. Nice place to check out if you have time.
Dec 06, 2013
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Reviewed by James_Lockhart from Australia

4.59/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5
I just arrived in Melbourne this afternoon with my dad but he couldn't make dinner tonight, so I went alone and it was the exact atmosphere I wanted. It was alive yet a very chilled out, peaceful place.

The place has been well kept and is very relaxing to sit back in.

As soon as I approached the bar, I was greeted by Matt; he was extremely friendly and enthusiastic about good beer. I wanted to stay just because of his great customer service. If the rest of their staff are like him, I'm not sure how they could improve.

They only source from micro-breweries in Victoria so that limits them, but they are constantly updating their selection. Having spent 3 years in the USA, I'm accustomed to IPA's around 7-12% etc, imperial stouts and porters, barley wines; and have been sadly disappointed from what I've found back here in Aus (e.g. James Squires...). Mrs Parma's had a good variety; and of the ones I tried, more full bodied beers.

I had a Pesto Pasta with Roast Pumpkin and Feta Cheese. It was great! I would definitely recommend this. They're not stingy on their servings.

It was definitely more on the pricey, having come from the States. You pay bar prices. But if you want good beer though, it's definitely worth checking out.
Oct 28, 2013
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Reviewed by btschirren from Australia

3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4
I've just moved back to Australia after living 5 years in Seattle. I have to admit, I really miss American style IPAs. Mrs Parmas is the only place that I've found so far that has a resonable IPA on tap - Artic Fox (note: their tap lineup changes all the time). Yes, its not quite as good as Pliny the Elder, which I was lucky enough to have on rotation at my local in Issaquah, but its the best I've found in Melbourne.

Even if you dont dream about IPAs, Mrs Parmas always has beers on tap that other places dont. So, I'd recommend them if you want to try something new (and often local).

As for the food, come hungry! The parmas are massive, the salad is fresh, and the chips are crunchy. Dont be afraid to mix and match - everything with the Parmageddon sauce is awesome.

PS: Last time I visited, I bumped into some people who owned another bar down the road. They were super friendly - so expect an easygoing atmosphere where its okay to accost the other patrons.
May 05, 2012
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Reviewed by mitchmurr from New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5
Geez, no reviews since 2009 for this place. Time for an update. Firstly, Australia, as a whole, is VERY expensive. Everything costs more here than most places in the world so when you find you have to pay $8-$12 for a beer don't be shocked. I went to Mrs Parmas because its gets very good reviews here and it was walking distance form South Bank, where I was staying. I was not disappointed. Very good selection of craft beer and a very knowledgeable staff makes up for the feeling of being in a place meant for tourists. At lunch time this place gets crowded as the office workers come here to eat and pound down a few before heading back. Yes, Aussies do know how to live and work. My favorite place in Melbourne. And the parmas are pretty good too. Basically a chicken or veal parmigiana with a choice of funky toppings.
Oct 29, 2011
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
Ten dollar pints?!?! I had a really hard time wrapping my head around that (The U.S. and Aussie dollars were about even at the time). Yes it is for imperial pints and it does include the 10% gst. But that is still a pretty steep price for a pint of local witbier or pale ale. Aside from that, I loved this place.

The menu consists primarily of differen kinds of parma, as the name would suggest. Jes' greek chicken parma and my BBQ chicken parma were both fantastic. They came with salad and chips for about $23, which is a bargain considering the portion sizes. The high prices in restaurants throughout Australia surprised me, compared to what we saw on other menus, this was cheap. I was puzzled by the need for a seperate take out license. We had to sneak our leftovers out because they don't have one. I just couldn't leave $25 worth of food on the table.

I guess they had about a dozen taps dedicated to local beer from throughout Victoria. I had an okay wit and an oustanding Baltic Porter (for $11!). I only glanced at the bottle list, but it seemed pretty extensive. Definitely worth a visit.
Nov 04, 2009
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Reviewed by joecast from Australia

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5
gotta love a good parma. well, i've learned that much since living in australia. and that education has payed off in visiting Mrs Parmas

sort of a half restaurant half pub type of place. maybe leaning more to the restaurant end. not a large place with maybe 12 sit down tables but a long bar and a couple of tables with bar stools around the place.

menu is the old chalk board along the back wall type listing the different topping options for your chicken/veal/eggplant parma and a few other dinner choices. each table has a beer list with a good bit of info on each beer. food orders taken at the table but you must order drinks at the bar.

food is bloody fantastic. had a chicken and an eggplant parma and both were excellent. the salads were fresh and tasty and the chips were as good as anywhere else (one batch of chips was a bit salty but the other was fine). make sure you are hungry when you go cause the portions are on the large side.

now for the beer. about eight or so different beers on tap and only one macro. the others are all (i believe) victorian micros. had 2 brother growler and temple bitter. both were great with the growler getting a special mention. american brown ale would not have been high on my list of preferred styles, but between moo brew dark and now 2 brothers growler there is definitely some quality there.

the only other thing to mention is value. with the high quality (and quantity)food and craft beer on tap, that does bring a slightly higher cost along with it. that cost did not keep me going back a second time and would not keep me going back for another visit. well worth it.
Jul 27, 2009
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Reviewed by brendan13 from Australia

3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4
Mrs Parmas is a restaurant/bar specialising in Parmagianas and more importantly Victorian microbrewed beers.
Definately not a trendy sort of place like some other inner city "beer destinations" it is very much a quiet family vibe & you wouldn't be worried about bringing your kids here on a Friday or Saturday night for a meal.
The of both the beer and the food is decent. The only issue I have is the beer is served in chilled glasses...
It's never been busy when I've been here which is about half a dozen times, probably the busiest was on a Wednesday night and we had our drinks in a couple of minutes and our meals in 20.
The staff seem to know the basics and I've overheard a few trying to encourage people who order Carlton Draught to try something new which is always cool.
They have about 8 taps with a couple of double ups but I have seen Hargreaves Hill, Holgate, Grand Ridge, Mountain Goat, Red Hill, Mildura, Otway Estate & Two Brothers on tap as well as good old Carlton Draught. They also have bottles from other Victorian micros such as Jamieson, Red Duck, Bridge Road just to name a few.
As already mentioned they specialise in Parmas with about 8 different topping options and usually a couple of specials as well as a smallish but comprehensive selection of other "gastropub" style meals.

All in all they seem to be making an effort to push microbrewed beer and I applaud them for that.
Nov 29, 2008
Mrs Parma's in Melbourne, Australia
Place rating: 4.21 out of 5 with 9 ratings