EATING OUT: Praise indeed for Parmo’s starter

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HATS off to Parmo’s for achieving a record.

HATS off to Parmo’s for achieving a record.

My wife Margaret has voted its mussels in garlic and white wine as the best starter she has ever had – and that wasn’t just the two bottles of Irn Bru WKD talking.

She said it was delicious and praised the dish for the way the flavours both combined with each other and yet retained their individuality.

This was a cracking start to our first visit to Parmo’s and my own starter wasn’t that far behind in the favourite stakes.

At £3.95, it was great value as well.

While not being the best I’d ever had, the potato skins with chilli dip was still a winner at £3.20.

The skins were salty, crunchy and wholesome while the accompanying dip packed a real punch.

Just as tasty was the hot bread which came with it. A great start to any meal and I was ready for more.

I opted for a main course of pollo stroganoff – strips of chicken breast with peppers and paprika and served with rice.

I loved it for its creamy texture and the sheer variety of tangy peppers accompanying the chicken.

As well as red, green and yellow, there was even a regular smattering of gherkin and onion and it all made for a wonderfully-fragrant meal.

Margaret chose a main course of pollo funghi, which was chicken with a white wine cream and mushroom sauce.

Tasty, distinctly creamy and filling without quite reaching the superb standards of the starter.

Still, Margaret admitted it had been a meal to put a smile on her face for the rest of the day – and that wasn’t just the two bottles of Irn Bru WKD talking either. The superbly-presented meal was quite substantial as well, meaning that neither Margaret nor I had room for dessert.

We paid a visit on a Saturday afternoon when numerous families were there. I loved the mix of clientele which, at different tables, included young couples, older generations, groups of men in parties and groups of women in others.

It was clearly a sign that this place is doing something right.

The fact that it is smack bang in the middle of Hartlepool means it’s ideal for anyone in town.

Chris Cordner