Whenever we go shopping in downtown Montreal, we always incorporate a bite to eat. After all, we need to replenish our energy! And while we have our favourite go-to spots, we like trying new places, so this time we checked out the newest addition to downtown Montreal, Parma Café.
Located on Bishop, just off of St. Catherine Street, Parma Café offers great options for lunch and take out, and it’s also a café. We made sur to order a little bit of everything to get a feel for what they had to offer!
The house salad was just that, a traditional house salad with greens and radicchio for a little bit of bitterness and more crunch. A simple dressing of olive and balsamic vinegar was drizzled overtop, and it made a nice side dish to our bigger plates
Since tomatoes are not in season, we can’t really criticize a tomato that doesn’t really have much taste to it. That being said, the traditional combination of basil, bocconcini and tomato is a classic with an olive oil and balsamic dressing, and a fresh grinding of pepper. The cheese was creamy and there was enough acidity from the tomatoes to balance the dressing. This salad would be perfection in late summer when tomatoes are at their best!
We admit right off the bat, Diva #2 and the Firm have had their fair share of arancini, as two italian girls, they’re tough critics. The arancini at Parma Café were ok, they didn’t blow us away, but like we said, we know our arancini. Don’t’ get us wrong, they were good – creamy on the inside, stuffed with plenty of meat sauce and peas, the exterior was crispy but something was missing for us. That last dash of flavour that would bring them from as expected to absolutely splendid! The accompanying tomato sauce was fresh, but the arancini were served at room temperature which didn’t help the situation.
We decided to try the pizza of the day which was topped with red peppers, potatoes and pancetta. We found the crust to be a little too thick for our liking but the toppings were generous. The potatoes were perfectly cooked and they took on the flavours of the salty and crispy pancetta. The marinated red peppers were a nice touch and added another dimension of flavour.
Many Italian kids grew up eating chicken or veal cutlets, and many of us still do! Definitely our favourite part of the lunch, the chicken cutlet sandwich is a big panini, made with some really delicious bread! A fried chicken cutlet is toped with shredded lettuce and spicy marinated eggplant – simple and perfectly Italian! They also have a sausage sandwich, cold cuts and one with just grilled vegetables, all of which we’ll be dropping in to try, Parma Café knows how to make an Italian panini!
If you’re in the downtown Montreal area and are looking to grab a quick bite, head down Bishop street and stop in at Parma Café. They have great sandwiches and an adjoining café complete with pastries!
Our Rating: As Expected
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