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Published August 24th 2015
The best of Austrian food and hospitality
We had completed our activities for the day in my old 'stomping ground' of Frenchs Forest. This suburb is where I grew up and it has been evolving over the last twenty years - business parks have been established where the drive-in was situated, new homes have been built and there are a myriad of restaurants in the Forest area.
It was late and the four of us were hungry. We felt like dining at a restaurant that was different with interesting food. We chose the Austrian Club Restaurant, hidden in the backstreets of Frenchs Forest, near beautiful bushland that has a number of tracks that lead to Bantry Bay. Upon entering the Austrian Club, we were amazed at the beautiful plaques on some of the walls.
As well as providing lunch and dinners, the restaurant caters for functions and parties and the centrepiece of this area is the stage where performers enchant the diners with their entertainment. On 10th October is the Octoberfest Dance and on the 25th October is Austrian National Day celebrations. Check their website for more information on functions during the year.
We walked upstairs to the dining area and it was reminiscent of my time spent in the Austrian Tyrol many years ago. But let's get to the reason we were there - food. We began with four exceptionally delicious mains. One companion had the Hendl Schnitzel, a chicken schnitzel that had one of the best crumb coatings I have tried. A potato salad accompanied this schnitzel.
Though we were full from the mains, we could not pass their desserts. One companion and I shared the tasty Wiener Apfelstrudel, homemade Vienna apple strudel with cream and icecream. To say it was appetizing would be an understatement. The large slice of strudel was deliciously lip-smacking.
My other two friends shared the Schokoladepalatschinke, ice cream wrapped in a crepe with warm homemade chocolate sauce and cream. Once they dug into the crepe and saw the ice cream oozing out, their eyeballs popped and beaming smiles told the story.
I've been to the Austrian Club in Frenchs Forest many times over the years. Apart from a cute atmosphere and slightly kitsch decor (always a bonus), they have the best schnitzel I have ever eaten (and I have eaten a lot)!