The historic and beautiful old Baptist church on The Parade in Norwood had a big makeover a few years ago and played host to the now famous Schnithouse for some time. It was re-badged to Lost Barrel Bar and Grill in 2018 and switched its offer from a focus on schnitzels to a more eclectic menu and a wide range of craft beers. In even more recent news, the venue is soon to re-open as The Schnithouse! So get in on the Lost Barrel vibes while you can.
The old baptist church building will wow you with it's high vaulted ceilings, tasteful lighting and central bar arrangement. There's plenty of space with little nooks dotted here and there. For when the weather is fine there is balcony and footpath dining under the trees of the cosmopolitan Parade.
Lost Barrel's menu now includes wood oven pizza, pasta, steak, charcoal skewers and family favourites like chicken wings, sliders and loaded potato skins. That doesn't mean they've gotten rid of schnitzels, the chicken parmas are excellent at Lost Barrel and they even have a parmi pizza!
We ordered the chicken wings with bourbon sauce from the Tapas menu (that's the new code for entree and sharing plates these days I guess) and they are melt in the mouth tender. I'm not sure about the breading as I prefer mine unbreaded but they were devoured quickly. Paired with the delicious dill aioli and chips, the wings are an excellent value starter plate.
For mains, we ordered a trio of sliders and a charcoal bbq beef skewer. The trio of sliders was colourful and well presented and only the beef patty slider fell a bit flat. The meat skewer seems like a great way to get a good hunk of meat for dinner at a decent price and was tender, juicy and full of flavour. Order your choice of sauces and salad and chips, or potato skins and sauteed vegetables. I enjoyed my veggies with this one for a change!
The range of drinks available at Lost Barrel is impressive. One of Lost Barrels unique claims is to have the biggest range of craft beer and ciders on tap on the Parade. Sixteen beers and ciders on tap with not a West End in sight is how I like it. It's nice to try new beers the way the brewer intended. There's a huge range of wine and spirits and as I always say, any restaurant that serves Rockfords Alicante Bouchet by the glass is okay by me.
Let's get to the specials. At the time of writing, the specials include all you can eat pizza for $19.90 and all you can eat meat for $36.90, on Thursdays, they'll throw in a pint of beer with your schnitzel or pizza for $20.
Lost Barrel Bar and Grill is at 134a The Parade, Norwood and is open 10am - late, Monday to Friday and 8am - late, Saturday and Sunday. It's due to close and become The Schnithouse again on June 7th. Get the details here!