I finally had a chicken parmigiana so the jaw dropping, incredulous looks can stop. I have now consumed - or at least put a dent into - Australian's favourite pub meal. It wasn't much of a dent though - that fillet was not small. I tried though - and it wasn't bad.
More than the chicken or the beer, the company was spot on. Conversation is an awesome thing, isn't it? Thanks Barto and Co. I had a great time!
PS: I still don't understand ordering gravy with chips though - that's just too hard-core Aussie for me.