While we love living in Melbourne’s northern corridor, the pickings start getting rather slim for foodie-type-food when you cross the Ring Road. Then they’re pretty much non-existent as you travel north a few minutes after that. So when places like Carbone’s pop up on our radar, we make a concerted effort to check them out! Add to that the lure of a mid-week special: $18 Parma & Beer or Wine on Wednesdays – we’re as good as there! Woot! And that includes a vegetarian parma for yours truly – so double-woot for me!
It’ll take your Google Maps app all its might to locate this place, which is nestled in among the McMansions (and Mansions!) of Macleod’s Springthorpe, but you’ll soon see that the locals are onto this little gem! So if you want to partake in the cheap-eat night, you’ll want to book because, well, the place seats like 20 people max – and that’s including the outdoor area! While there isn’t much elbow room, there is, thankfully, a lovely aspect of trees and parklands all around to stare off into as you sip your glass of wine….ahhh…..
My vegetarian parma was three thick slices of eggplant, battered and topped with a thick sauce and dollops of cheese. A nice little classic salad and handful of chips rounded out the plate. This is as close as I’m gonna get to a ‘parma’ when I dine out, so I was pretty chuffed with it! Classic flavours, good portion, happy vegetarian!
Hubby Bear got the classic parma with the standard side salad and chips. He commented that the quality of the meat was fantastic! All the flavours a carnivore expects & loves in a parma were present: quality meat, crispy batter, slivers of ham, dripping sauce and oozy cheese. A classic indeed!
While the staff were young and a bit inexperienced, they did very well considering the tight space to work in – and the lady one must guess is one of the owners was extremely friendly and obliging. Overall, highly recommend if you’re in the Bundoora area and have a hankering for a decent meal at a great price!
Make sure you ring up to book for their $18 Parma & Drink deal on Wednesday nights! Seating is really limited — otherwise you’ll be arm wrestling people to get a table!
Address: 34 Springthorpe Boulevard, Macleod, Victoria, Australia