Every time I visit Surry Hills, I am constantly blown away by the standards they set. The food is always interesting and tasty, the decor is artistic and spunky, and there is such a great eclectic mix of restaurants. A new restaurant that opened in the last week of May is Parma, an Italian restaurant joining the Surry Hills clan.
Parma sits on the corner of Campbell and Crown Street, right in the heart of Surry Hills and very close to Zushi and The Winery. It has a great vibe with new furniture, sleek design and blues jazz music playing. It features a modern Italian menu which rotates periodically – our menu is labelled ‘June – September’. I haven’t had that much good Italian food in Sydney other than Cafe Sopra so my fingers were crossed for Parma.
Bread with Olive Oil
To start us off, we are given some complimentary bread with olive oil. Always a great crowd pleaser when perusing through the menu deciding what to eat!
Altomare Pizza (garlic prawns, tomato, mozarella, olives, onions and pesto) – $26
The first dish to come out is the pizza. Hot and fresh, it has a crispy base with succulent prawns. I find that the prawns don’t contain much garlic flavour and are overpowered by the pesto. If you love pesto, this pizza is the one for you but overall, I’m not that pleased with it.
Spaghetti Al Sugo Di Granchio (“Al Dente” with a mud crab and saffron sugo served with heirloom cherry tomatoes and peas) – $28
Next to come out is the spaghetti. I am a massive fan of spaghetti but unfortunately this dish does not live up to my expectations. I find that the consistency of the pasta tastes like Asian egg noodles instead of spaghetti. The sauce is also quite tasteless and not that interesting – it really needs a good strong cream or tomato sauce. Despite this, the highlight of the dish is that there’s a lot of crab meat so it does make up for the price.
Overall, Parma has got the look, feel and location to make it a great restaurant. All they need to do now is to bring the quality of flavours and food from an average grade up to exceptional, and they will have an amazing restaurant.
285A Crown Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Ph: (02) 9332 4974
You’re right about the spaghetti, they look like egg noodles. Maybe the cooks are all Asian? 🙂
I didn’t get to glance into the kitchen but all the pasta is hand made. I’m interested to know how they made it!
my guess the noodles are straight out of a packet..
It’s a shame that the look of the food didn’t hit the spot with the taste. I do commend them for how it looks though, it does look really good.
The place is furnished very well and has a great vibe. Fingers crossed the next time I return that the food is better!
I love pesto on anything but shame it didn’t taste as good as it looked!
Maybe you’ll like it! There was heaps of pesto glavour and not much garlic
I’m not actually a great fan of seafood on pizza, so I probably wouldn’t have liked that pizza either! The crust looks great though… maybe try another set of toppings??
Their menu has quite a few pizzas on there so I will be trying a different one next time!
Oh, shame – the venue certainly looks the goods
I saw this place the other day and it looks quite fancy. Another Crown Street restaurant crowding Surry Hills.