Friday, 28 December 2012

The Office Hotel, Sydney

The Office Hotel, Sydney

On Monday's you can get 2-4-1 $20 scnitzels. That's $10! Size is sufficiant for a work pub lunch. Although nothing outstanding about it, good for what it is. Juicy-ish chicken, not hammered to death. Gravy a little run-of-the-mill, like the same gravy base with added peppercorns or mushrooms depending on your flavour. Chips and salad fine.

Another review from the kids at Sydney Pub List. For the full story go here:

Not sure of the relevance, but the website for the Office Hotel plays Roxanne, by the Police, in full (over and over again).

The Royal Hotel, Darlington, Sydney

The Royal Hotel, Darlington

Not beaten flat as a pancake. Not dry like cardboard. Not.... well, nothing really bad about it all. Not the best schnitzel ever tasted but absolutely nothing wrong with it. $13. And goes down well with $9 jugs of beer.

Short and sweet review by our friends at Sydney Pub List.
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Thursday, 16 August 2012

London Olympic Park Media Catering Village

London Olympic Park Media Catering Village

Date: sometime during the recent olympics, no doubt
Type: pork
With: lemon and "broccoli".

£4.95 for a piece of pork that hadn't been flattened enough, and no sauce. It was a bit on the dry side too. Would have been nice to have it with chips, but McDonald's had the sole Olympic rights to chips (unless served with fish.)

Almost disqualified for not having a £20 note, until this reasoning was received: "I was so disgusted at the cash machine being "proud to only accept Visa" that I refused to use it. (The green stuff is broccoli.)"

Submitted by Martin Deutsch

Sunday, 22 July 2012

White Cockatoo Hotel, Petersham

White Cockatoo Hotel, Petersham
Date: 15th July 2012
Price: $20
Type: chicken "Manya"
With: black bean and beef mince sauce with lines of peri peri mayonnaise

Another un-sampled schnitzel variety at the White Cockatoo that needed tasting. Divided between three people, it was the perfect amount of food. The upside with the White Cockatoo schnitzels that aren't covered in cheese is that it's generally a less oily experience. As you can see, it doesn't look very nice, but the black bean saucy substance was tasty and very excellently matched with the peri peri mayonnaise. The chips: always robust. The side salad: revolto (unless you like onion).

Monday, 16 July 2012

Empire Hotel, Annandale

Empire Hotel, Annandale
Date: 14th July, 2012
Price: $12
Type: chicken
With: mash and veggies

Bargain! I've never eaten at the Empire.... in fact, up until recently i could have sworn the Empire Hotel was a seedy den of evil and cover bands. This schnitzel was nothing out of the ordinary, but it was exactly what I needed before i night of beering and bands at the Annandale Hotel down the street (the $12 jugs of Coopers made for a cheap start to the night as well!). A good size, cooked well and with decent mash. Can't fault this specimen at all. It even came with a mysterious shadow puppet of a dog. woooooooh woooooooooooh spoooooky.

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Huntsbury Hotel, Petersham

Huntsbury Hotel, Petersham
Date: July 1st, 2012
Price: $15
Type: chicken parmigiana (with eggplant rather than bacon)
With: salad and chips

Look at these meals. LOOK AT THEM! They were ordered 5 minutes apart and count the differences. Schnitzel size, presence/absence of beetroot and bean sprouts, chip quantity, green seasoning stuff (assumedly parsley) on the left schnitzel. Anyway, for the price the schnitzel itself was pretty good. More of a homemade style than your usual pub schnitzel specimen. Although salad number 2 lacked several of the ingredients of salad number 1, the Huntsbury should be commended for having more than lettuce, tomato and onion in their side salad. Verdict: pleasant.

White Cockatoo Hotel

White Cockatoo Hotel, Petersham (again)
Date: 17th June, 2012
Price: $20ish
Type: chicken (española)
With: chick peas, chorizo, mystery sauce and chips

No, the local hippie did not stumble through the pub with an upset stomach from some bad acid and vom his last chickpea dinner on our schniddy.  Yes, I say our because  there was more than enough for the two of us.  Great quality schnitzel, thick and juicy fillets – this behemoth has not been beaten thin for square inch appearances.  Fear not, the sauce is tastier than it looks too…but oh, SO MUCH SCHNITZEL! The chips are mercifully a non-event.

Sunday, 3 June 2012

Concordia Club, Tempe, NSW
Date: 26th May, 2012
Price: $20
Type: Pork (Jager Schnitzel)
With: red cabbage, spatzle and mushroom sauce

It had been a long time since we'd ventured to Concordia club; nearly two years to be exact. We wont go into the exact reason, but if you buy me a beer I'll tell you the whole story. Anyway, a sunny autumn sunday afternoon was the perfect time to head down and consume several half litres of beer and some stodgy food. 

You'd think that out of all the types of places that serve schnitzel, a german club would deliver the best product. Well, yes.... it was quite a fine specimen indeed. I do recall having a chicken schnitzel at the same venue several years ago and I wasn't blown away. Maybe i was more hungry this time or maybe it was just better quality. I don't know, but it was pretty bloody tasty. The sauce was good, the cabbage was tasty and the spatzle was a nice change from the standard chip side-dish.


Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Pig and Whistle, Indooroopilly

Pig and Whistle, Indooroopilly, QLD

Date: 10th May 2012
Type: chicken
Price: $24.50
With: béchamel, melting cheese, salad & chunky chips

Official review: I couldn't resist when I saw it on the menu over at Indooroopily (that, or maybe it was the $6 pints).  Oh, it was pretty good actually - about 1/2 inch thick but the diameter was less than impressive.  It had a good serve of chips and the cheez was yum! hah.


Saturday, 17 March 2012

Nags Head Hotel, Adamstown

Nags Head Hotel, Adamstown, NSW

Date: 2nd March, 2012
Price: $18-ish
Type: chicken
With: cheese, avocado and ham; and cheese, ham and pineapple...with mash or with salad and chips.

A delightful family meal down at the local pub meant that there were multiple schnitzels eaten. The Nags Head has quite a variety of schnitzel toppings; some more questionable than others. For instance.... schnitzel with pineapple? NO! (Although, you must note that i'm one of those people who will not go anywhere near a hot piece of pineapple). There was a lot of potential here, but i was not sold on this schitzel. The cheese, ham and avocado were all worthy accompaniments, but the schnitzel itself was lacking something. It just didn't taste as good as it should have. The mash was also a bit iffy. So overall... not a huge fan. However, the older people in my party thought it was brilliant..... but what do they know?

Town Hall Hotel, Newtown

Town Hall Hotel, Newtown, Sydney

Date: 16th February 2012
Type: Pork
Price: $18-ish
With: chips and salad and mushroom sauce

The townie has had it's schnitzel offerings reviewed multiple times, but not once has their been a schnitzel of the pork variety on offer. As it was a special that particular night, it probably wont be there ever again, but i'm sure we'll all live. 

It had been quite some time since i'd eaten at the Townie, but regardless this schnitzel was impressive. The schnitzel wasn't huge, but it was obviously made in the kitchen rather than pre-made and frozen. It was very tasty indeed and the mushroom sauce was brilliant. Salad is salad really, but you have to love a salad with grated carrot...... well... i do.

Friday, 17 February 2012

South Sydney Graphic Arts Club, Mascot

South Sydney Graphic Arts Club, Mascot

Date: 15th February, 2012
Price: $19.90
Type: chicken
With: potatoes, salad and mushroom sauce

So you walk into a club in Mascot (a predominant sea of industry and high-rise apartments) that for some reason claims to be affiliated with the graphic arts industry there's instant confusion. The decor is fancy, the clientele is less than fancy. The bistro also appears fancy with the table service, fancy cushions and dangly light fittings, and "fancy" prices, so there's a lot to expect.

For $19.90 I was expecting something slightly more fancy, but as the schnitzel was cooked perfectly (look at it; it's like a beautiful sunset) i really couldn't complain. The mushroom sauce was very tasty and the potatoes were nice and crunchy. The perfect anti-shoestring-fried.

Would i go back? Well, only if i was in Mascot for some other reason. Ten pin bowling anyone?


Sunday, 29 January 2012

Prince Albert Hotel

Prince Albert Hotel, Adelaide
Date: 27th January 2012
Type: Chicken
With: salad, mushroom sauce and "shoestring fries"

I was expecting quite a lot from my second ever schnitzel in Adelaide. This schnitzel did live up to expectations, so you can stop worrying. I was considering ordering something else, solely based on the fact that it came with "shoestring fries"; the worst type of chip in existence...... but most of the other meals came with the same type of chip, so i really wasn't going to win either way.

The schnitzel itself was good, not a the pre-shaped-then-frozen variety pubs usually sell. As for the size.... who cares when it's a decent piece of meat? Not I! The sauce was tasty, with whole mushrooms and the salad.... well, it was a salad. All in all, thumbs up Prince Albert Hotel.

And one more thing..... a "pint" in Adelaide is the same as a "schooner" in Sydney? Laugh! Someone really needs to standardise beer glass sizes to end the confusion of the weary traveller. That is all.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

The Royal George

The Royal George, Sydney
Date: January 7th, 2012
Type: Chicken
Price: $17
With: chips and salad (no mash available - boooooo)

A nice break from the craziness that was the Sydney Festival First Night in a pub that was quite empty. The Royal George is on that section of George St in the city that's generally best avoided, mainly due to the high concentration of nauseating and scantily clad females accompanied by polo-shirted beefed-up guys. Wank.

Anyway, so the food at the Royal George was surprisingly good. The beer selection was also good. The schnitzel? Well, it was better than your standard low-quality pub schnitzel; cooked well and presented nicely, but nothing nothing to make it stand out amongst it's competitors. The chips were very tasty indeed. All in all, not too bad for $17, but you could probably do better elsewhere.