The schnitzel: a tender and crunchy Austrian staple, that has engendered a worldwide fan base since the Middle Ages—and Old Sydney Town is no exception.
Over the years, this tenderised, breaded, meat dish has been paired with everything from kartoffelsalat (creamy potato salad) and sauerkraut, to chopped onions, sardines and French fries. Accompanied, of course, with a pint of beer. We journeyed across Sydney to serve you the best-tasting, irresistibly golden schnitzel.
With a variety of traditional Austrian specialties, and chicken, pork and veal schnitzels (accompanied with an extensive collection of sauces and sides), ?The Austrian Schnitzelhaus is known for its big, hearty meals. The décor is nothing fancy, but the home-cooked fare, and great range of imported beers, will keep you coming back for more.
Address: 163 Victoria Road, Gladesville NSW 2111
Phone: 02 9816 1036
See the website for the Neutral Bay and Erina addresses.
A favourite amongst schnitzel connoisseurs, the Bavarian Bier Café offers up a smorgasboard of flavours—from their traditional and contemporary schnitzels, to their 'haus-made' sausages and Bavarian tasting plate. The Bavarian Bier Café is the real deal! Be sure to try their award-winning Bavarian beer on tap, or, partake in their Tuesday Schnitzel Challenge, where you simply have to finish the giant Löwenschnitzel to receive a complimentary schnapps!
Address: Shop 2-5 Manly Wharf, Manly NSW 2095
Phone: 02 9977 8088
See the website for the Entertainment Quarter, Parramatta, O'Connell Street, York Street, Bondi Beach, Chatswood and Crows Nest addresses.
Housed in an old croquet clubhouse, this German-style dining hall serves up a range of schnitzels (chicken breast, Wiener, Jäger) and cheap German brews. With all the traditional sides, like sauerkraut, red cabbage, gravy and spätzle (egg noodles), as well as some specialties like pork knuckle and meatloaf, it's an authentic German experience prized by any meat-lover.
Address: Mackay Park, Richardson Crescent, Tempe NSW 2044
Phone: 02 9554 7388
Forget prior blemishes, this revamped, beachside beer garden is the ideal summer spot. Cooking up tasty, modern-Australian pub fare and a great selection of beers on tap, Coogee Bay Hotel is casual dining at its finest. Plus, their Thursday chicken schnitzel and chips special certainly draws the crowd.
Address: 253 Coogee Bay Road, Coogee NSW 2034
Phone: 02 9665 0000
With an emphasis on authentic, Northern European cuisine, Essen Restaurant & Beer Café serves up mouth-watering schnitzels; just like Grandma use to make it! These classic, hearty schnitzels come with potato rösti and cabbage salad, and are perfectly matched with a brew off their boutique beer list (think Schofferhofer, Franziskaner and Stiegl).
Address: 133-135 Broadway, Ultimo NSW 2007
Phone: 02 9211 3805
With wait staff dressed in lederhosen and dirndl, this lively food-hall is a taste of Oktoberfest and all-things Munich. Housed in a stone, heritage-listed building, Löwenbräu Keller is famed for its crisp chicken schnitzel, mixed sausage plater and roast pork belly. Yum!
Address: Playfair Street, The Rocks NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9247 7785
Crispy, delicious schnitzel cooked to perfection. The Chelsea Hotel serves up golden, flavoursome chicken schnitzel with chips or mash, and a choice of mushroom, pepper or gravy sauce. At the inexpensive price of $11, it's a schnitzel not to be missed.
Address: 14 Railway Street, Chatswood NSW 2067
Phone: 02 9411 4995
A household name amongst European locals, Twenty-One Espresso has become an icon over the years, famed for its traditional Hungarian specialties. With a selection of chicken, Wiener, half-half and gypsy schnitzel, and an extensive wine and spirits list, it is no wonder this sumptuous spot has such a loyal following. Be sure to leave room for dessert!
Address: 21 Knox Street, Double Bay NSW 2028
Phone: 02 9327 2616
Offering the largest schnitzel in town, Una's Café & Restaurant is constantly abuzz. With a vibrant, chalet-style upstairs bar, it's a great spot to start the night. On offer for your schnitzel-eating pleasure are juicy Vienna, Jäger, chicken and gypsy schnitzel, all served with a great portion of rösti and cabbage salad.
Address: 340 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9360 6885
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