Nundah is booming right now, and yet the Parmi Hunter crew were yet to include the trendy suburb in our quest for the best parmigiana.
Review: The Italian restaurant, at The Royal Hotel, is a modern Australian restaurant in the heart of Nundah village, serving pizzas, lasagne, pasta and many other antipasti, secondi and dolci classics with a rustic influence. With a Peroni in hand, now was time to put their parmi to the test.
Our Italian server looked after us well, attentive and humorous while also giving us space to enjoy the breezy outdoor casual dining area. Meanwhile, diners inside can watch the chefs hand-stretching pizzas and putting on a show. As a venue and for customer service, I was already impressionato.
On offer was The Pollo, a herb and parmesan crumbed chicken breast with added parmigiana for $22.90. The herbed coating was tasty and gave a unique flavour compared to other parmigianas. I found the chicken itself slightly tough and the crumb coating not as crispy as preferred. We noticed the coating was also not sticking to the chicken breast, which could be due to The Pollo’s fresh preparation in house, as they would not have been pre-frozen before frying. A fresh lemon slice accompanied our meals to provide a bit more gusto.
The Italian restaurant is a roast potatoes kind of venue, instead of the usual chips, a classier variation than what we’re used to reviewing. While the potatoes had a soft centre they did lack crunch, much like the parmi coating. Thoroughly melted with specks of golden brown, the cheese was spot on and covered the whole parmi. The thick sauce was very tasty, although the ham slice was too thin. And for a pleasant change salsa was served as the house salad, drizzled with a nice balsamic dressing - delizioso.
As a Nundahner for 10 years I’ve seen The Royal Hotel evolve for the better and launch the Italian restaurant. There’s something for everyone and quality food on offer that beats most typical Aussie pubs. If you’re after some variation, try their take on the parmi, but know it’s not what they’re known for.
Rating - Score 6.8/10 - Include a visit to Fitz and Potts while you’re in Nundah. Buon appetito!