Thursday, 3 January 2019

Carlisle Castle Hotel

Carlisle Castle Hotel, Newtown
Date: 9th September 2018
Price: hmmm can’t remember
Type: chicken
With: chips, salad and mushroom sauce  

Poor old Carlisle Castle. As far as drinking places go, its always been great, but the kitchen has historically so hit and miss that it feels quite risky to eat there.

This night we dared to revisit the schnitzel.

And yeah, it was good. No complaints. Good chips. Very mushroomy sauce and salad drenched in dressing. Would possibly consider eating there again.... after 11 beers. 

Note: someone tell the chef that salad is no place for an excessive amount of dried apricots.

Hurlstone Park RSL

Cantebury Hurlstone Park RSL
Date: 20th September 2018
Price: $19
Type: chicken
With: chips and salad  

Fwoar! Hurlstone Park RSL is a bit fancy these days isn’t it? Regardless of the fact that it’s still 80% poker machine, it has four eating venues and quite a nice view out over the suburbs to the airport.

We obtained this specimen from the club’s bistro.

Nothing really to report here. As classic as it can be. Schnitzel. Salad. Chips.
Good chips.
Maybe a bit pricey for what it is, but if you like sitting in a giant air conditioned room surrounded by old people, its totally worth it.
Try the bruchetta. Amazing.

 4.34 out of 5.00

Northern Star Hotel

Northern Star Hotel, Hamilton
  Date: September 30th, 2018
  Price: $26
  Type: According to the menu this is the “Byron Bay Berkshire Pork Loin with Crisp Slaw Schnitzel”
  With: chips, coleslaw, apple sauce

Without tasting it,  do you think it’d be worth $26? I mean, the words on the menu make it sound pretty fancy, but really its just a pork schnitzel with chips and coleslaw. It tasted fine, but not $26 fine. And apple sauce with a schnitzel? No thanks. That remained untouched.
Chips: good.
Stains on the cushions: substantial.
Nice to see the Northern Star hasnt changed since i used to go there, for the sole purpose of drinking too much, in 1822.
Also... is it an irish pub or not? Their website does say that “in 2000 the hotel was used by the Irish Olympic team for meals and soft drinks”. I hope they didn’t try the schnitzel... unless the irish government was picking up the tab.

Also.... They were trying to pass “irish viagra” off as thought its an actual thing.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

Oktoberfest at the Concordia Club in Tempe

Concordia Club, Tempe
  Oktoberfest 2018
Date: October 7th, 2018
Price: more than you’d hope
Type: veal (i think)
With: mash and red cabbage.... and a pretzel for good luck

I love the german club with many portoins of my heart. The food is always tasty (and best eaten when you’re trying to fatten up for winter (i.e. not so much in october)). 

Oktoberfest is what i assume is the clubs best time of year for fundraising because they know idiots like us will pay stupid amounts (including an entry fee) for a beer stein and even more for stodgey food served on plastic plates... all whilst watching a two-piece band play modern songs in a bavarian style.

Regardless, schnitzel (amd everything else they make) at the Concordia club is always amazing. Cooked to perfection and no chance of the dreaded “chips under schnitzel” faux pas. Sure i just called it “stodgey”, but when you are drinking beer by the litre, thats exactly what you need.

  Shh. Yum

Town & Country Hotel, St Peters

Town and Country Hotel, St Peters
Date: December 20th, 2018
Price: $20ish (can’t actually remember)
Type: chicken
With: mash, veggies and mushroom sauce

This was the second time we’d been to the Town and Country for a schnitzel, but the first time no one had any cash and we couldn’t be seen documenting schnitzels without a scale bar. Luckily this meal is definitely worth going back for. Everything about it was cooked perfectly. Tasty mash and sauce (with nice chunks of mushroom), and veggies not crunchy or soggy.

100% recommend visiting this forgotten gem of a pub (despite the very creepy paining of slim dusty inside).

This old old pub has a pretty interesting history... if that’s your thing... and seemingly has recently fought for its life again the pointless westconnex fiasco of a toll road.

4.92 out of 5.00

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Chelsea Hotel, Chatswood

Date: 28 July 2017
Price: $15
Type: chicken
With: mushroom sauce and mash

It had been years since we sampled the schnitzel wares of the second least offensive bar in Chatswood.

Unlike the decor, nothing much had changed. Very standard schnitzel again. Very nice for the price. Can't really fault it. It was like a beautiful lady on a pedestal of mash, showered in a warm brown mushroomy sauce and dusted with something green (probably parsley). Cheapest meal on the menu, so I'm not sure why you'd bother eating anything else.

3.9 out of 5

The Lady Hampshire, Camperdown

Date: 23 July 2017
Price: too much
Type: chicken
With: pepper-ish sauce, coleslaw and chips

This was a completely standard schnitzel meal. Thankfully they cut the schnitzel in half for me so I didn't have to waste valuable calories with my knife muscles. The pepper sauce was less than peppery, so it gets a 1.7 out of 10 on the sauce-o-rating scale. The most mysterious thing about this meal is why the chips came in a non-reuseable container rather than just being put into the plate.

3.1 out of 5