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Published July 24th 2013
Its the Schnitz
Schnitzel. Parmigiana. Crunchy, crumbled chicken, beef, fish or vegetarian. Outside of a pub, restaurant or seated dining, it is a staple of most shopping centre food courts. The fast food "tray food" option is still very tasty but Schnitz has certainly raised the bar.
Lunchtime, Melbourne Central. I found many suited office workers lining up. I repeat suited office workers, wasting their valuable lunch hour lining up, waiting in line. I was sceptical of the then newly opened Schnitz, wondering if the lines were due to hype and everyone just wanting to try a new sandwich bar. Four months on and the scene is the same. Come lunch hour and there is always a line of office workers.
I expected a simple schnitzel maybe a parma and chips. Simple, staple, safe; how wrong I was. I was pleasantly surprised by their diverse menu. The roll and wraps section is basically a schnitzel burger selection. They've added many gourmet ingredients that the items would not look out of place at Burger Edge. For the full effect choose the roll. Their menu also features favourites such as parma and chips, salads and various schnitzel fillets including schnitz and chips.
At the time of writing, I have been to Schnitz Melbourne Central three times. I have sampled the Parmageddon roll and the Schnitz and chips. The food is cooked after you order, thereby justifying the waiting line. The Parmageddon is basically a lovely, hearty parmigiana burger with grilled capsicums and mushrooms. Everything is as it should be. The parmigiana is pan-cooked and this really helps to alleviate the oily, bloatedness that usually follows ingesting a schnitzel. It is very filling, so I would recommend choosing the small chips if you are trying it for the first time.
The schnitz and chips is basically pan-fried, crumbed fish and chips. The fish schnitzel is a nice take on the classic. The fresh cooked nature of the dish enables you can enjoy fish and chips as they should be enjoyed: hot and not heated on a tray. The chips are described as diamond cut; they are shaped like a thin wedge. These are pan-fried as well and are soaked in beer batter. For those who are more savoury minded and like a bit of salt, the chips are perfect salty goodness.
Schnitz has taken a food court staple and provided a better quality product. The schnitzel rolls, and schnitzel fish and the chips provide stiff competition. The pan-fried nature, high turnover of food and cooked on the spot factors are all strengths.
Service 4 stars; the staff are friendly and don't mind a few questions even if there is a large line.
Atmosphere 4 stars; the Melbourne Central branch is situated in a cornerstone of the new food court with a small section of tables. A large flow of traffic ensures that it
Food 5 stars; raises the bar for food court schnitzels. Pan-fried, hot and schnitzel/chips as they should be.
Uniqueness factor Pub/restaurant quality schnitzel in a food court.
I also have a meal in Schnitz at least once a week. The food is freshly prepared and the staff are always polite. I have been to the Schnitz restaurants in Knox Shopping Centre, Southland and Chadstone. The price is well worth paying as it isn't expensive and you can enjoy a good meal.