Chicken Parmigiana at the Earl of Spencer

Chicken Parmigiana

I didn’t pay close enough attention to the menu, but I think the meal was – Crumbed chicken breast with home made salsa, served with salad and chips.

Earl of Spencer Historic Inn, Albany

Because I couldn’t remember the last time Dean and I went out for a meal and I had my all time favourite, I had to look it up and was surprised to discover it was back in August when Dean and I were in Sydney.

All I can say is that good things come to those who wait and it certainly was worth the wait.

We’d arrived in Albany on the Western Australian south coast tired (and perhaps a little cranky) after a full day of driving, and quite frankly, I simply didn’t want to cook.  Dean jumped online and quickly found the The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn and we headed off.  Following what seemed like the most bizarre directions from Google Maps, we finally found this quaint little pub.  The staff were very friendly and the atmosphere was charming.  Just what you’d expect from a historic inn.

Cool drinks in hand, Dean opted for the Pork Ribs and I the Chicken Parmigiana.  Dean commented several times about how good the ribs were and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

The schnitzel was so yummy, all breast and cooked to perfection despite one small spot of the crumb being burnt.  (I just removed that bit.)

Beside the small burnt spot, the only other thing I can say is that the breast was a little dry, but that’s splitting hairs as the sauce was moist and countered that.  It was large and I couldn’t eat all of it, but Dean was happy I donated a (not so small) portion to him.

Rating: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9.510
(Only because of the burnt bit.)

The sauce was not slathered all over the schnitzel and therefore the crumb didn’t go soggy and fall off the chicken.  It was a home-made salsa that had a lovely tangy punch and the cheese on top was just enough, melted across the sauce and a couple of thin slices of ham, I think it may have been Honey Ham.

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The salad was fresh and crisp, with a generous variety of vegetables including capsicum and cucumber, always nice refreshing inclusions.  The dressing was just enough and a pleasant change to having dressing swimming all over the plate.

The chips were under the schnitzel, as usual, but because the sauce was not slathered on, they remained hot and fresh.  There was too many of them for me to eat and hence I gave some to Dean.

Rating: 1 – 2 – 3 – 45 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10

Rating Overall

Dean commented several times about how good the ribs were and I thoroughly enjoyed my meal.

I gave this Chicken Parmigiana 9.8/10 overall because it was so delightful and not just because it had been so long since I’d had my favourite meal.  It was fresh, tasty, and (in my opinion) cooked with love.  I believe the chef wanted me to enjoy my meal, and I did.

Currently listed at No 2 on My Parmigiana Richter Scale, I ensured a message was sent back to the kitchen to the chef saying just how good it was.

If we had stayed in Albany any longer, I’d have been tempted to dine at the The Earl of Spencer Historic Inn again.

Author: Clare

Ever-expanding one star at a time, my cosmos is a galaxy of thoughts and creativity where you can find poetry, short stories, photography and so much more.

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