There's something about central European food enjoyed on a cold Sunday evening that makes you feel all cosy and relaxed. It's a great way to lead into the start of the working week, and is very much like a food hug, i.e. what it must feel like to have a plate of mash or meat give you a big, generous bear hug.
This is how you'll feel when you visit the Neutral Bay branch of the Austrian Schnitzelhaus. With restaurants in Erina and Gladesville, the Austrian Schnitzelhaus specializes in Austrian cuisine and is the ideal place to visit when you need a hearty meal. This is definitely not a restaurant for anyone who isn't a big eater – a healthy appetite is recommended!
Situated just off Military Road, the restaurant is easily accessible with handy parking, either on the street or at the Woolworths across the road. When I visited, however, we got a little lost – our GPS took us to the right street, but the wrong end of it (the stupid GPS actually couldn't find no. 12). When visiting, make sure you head for the Woolworths off Military Road in Neutral Bay and then just go from there, lest you end up like me and wander the residential area wondering if we were getting a home-cooked meal.
The restaurant, once we got the street right, was not hard to find, and although I was expecting more rustic Austrian décor (I don't know why), the decorations were definitely in keeping with the theme of the restaurant. We were greeted promptly on arrival and seated immediately, which was handy because it was freezing outside and I was definitely keen to get stuck into a schnitzel.
We started the dinner with an entrée of German Meat Loaf, which we shared. This was fine for 2 people.
My partner thought the meat itself would come out looking a little more minced, but nope. German Meat Loaf is …. a loaf of meat. It was grilled pork, served with potato salad (which was awesome) and quite a huge dollop of mustard. The meat loaf was also topped with a fried egg (my favourite thing in the world, food-wise, is anything served with a fried egg, so I was happy). The meat was nice and pretty flavoursome, and I was really pleased with the mustard serving. Because there were so many elements and flavours to this dish, it was quickly filling us up so I was a bit concerned about how I would go with my mains.
My main meal was a Swiss Schnitzel, which was made crumbed (obviously) and topped with cheese, herbs and tomatoes.
This dish allowed for a choice of meat, and I chose chicken. I actually had my eye on the Double Roasted Pork Belly (which the menu described as being, "tender pork belly with crispy crackling, served on a bed of mash potatoes, red cabbage and a red wine mustard sauce"), but I was at a house of schnitzel, and it's what this place is famous for, so I went for the winner. The chicken was tender and again, plenty of big flavours in this dish, particularly with the cheese. This was fi-lling! I really wished I hadn't had such a substantial entrée. But I man-ed up, and continued to polish off my meal. Pretty tasty!
My partner had the Kassler Rib, which was smoked pork loin chops, and covered with red wine sauce, and served with sauerkraut and sautéed potatoes.
His dish looked amazing, and there is something about sauerkraut that makes me smile, so I did really enjoyed tasting his dish. He was also stuffed though, again from our entrée. Potatoes tasted great! I was too busy chowing into my side of dumplings to get a taste of his Kassler Rib but he had no complaints.
Unfortunately, we were both stuffed beyond belief and didn't have any room for dessert (weak souls that we are), so I had a peppermint tea in order to walk back to the car after leaving the restaurant.
There's also an opportunity for you to take part in the restaurant's Schnitzel Challenge, which involves completely being one with a plate of schnitzels - and they have to be gone in an hour. One guy did it in 12 minutes. I would love to meet that guy. Hats off to you, Crazy Schnitzel Man.
All in all, the Austrian Schnitzelhaus is a nice little gem in Sydney's Neutral Bay, perfect for Sunday dinner and a great place to go for a hearty meal with friends and family. Service was fast and attentive and meals were reasonably priced and very well proportioned.
Next time, I'm coming back for the Double Roasted Pork Belly (and I'm already looking forward to the crispy crackling the menu promises it will have.
made me hungry - I added it to my list - until - hang on - no prices - OK - so I checked the restaurant website - and found schnitzel for $22-26 and pork belly for $25 - hmm - no thanks - I'll stick with my faves where I get great feed for $10-12 ...
um - beware the fake review again - too much spruiking for overpriced restaurants will quickly leave your website amongst the no-longer-read ...
$25 mains arent too bad. $10 meals sounds like price is more important than taste. Restaurants need to cut down on service, produce, quality to get u $10 meals. Taste is more important than price. Fair price for good meals. Thanks for sharing