The round-up: the best places to get schnit-faced in Brisbane
Real talk – there are few dishes so loved as the classic chicken (or pork! or veal!) schnitzel. The crispy, crumbed slabs of meat can be dressed up or down in a variety of ways. Pair it with chips and salad for the perfect pub meal or layer some tomato sauce and cheese on top and turn it into a perfect parmigiana – there is no wrong way to eat a schnitzel. As the self-appointed pretty schnitty committee, we’ve collected a list of spots to source the best schnitz in town.
Brisbane German Club: One of the first destinations for any die-hard schnit-head should be the Brisbane German Club. The sizeable schnitz here comes in either pork, chicken or veal and is served with the classic combo of chips and salad or mash potato.
The Coop Bistro: Fortitude Valley is chicken central, but the best place to get an authentic schnitty in the Entertainment District is undoubtedly The Coop Bistro. The Coop’s serves up some big bites in the form of a chicken schnitty with potato puree and a rocket and pear salad, as well as the famous chicken parmy with fries and mum’s crunchy slaw. Come hungry – these bad boys are formidable.
Bavarian Bier Cafe: It’s not a surprise that the Bavarian culture is known for good schnitzels, considering the dish originated in Austria. Bavarian Bier Cafe doesn’t mess around, with a selection of nine choices for you to lose your schnit over. Chomp on wiener schnitzels, giant pork schnitzels, chicken parmigiana, or a mega 1kg monster veal schnitzel, which serves up to four people or one very hungry soul.
Brewhouse: Sitting pretty on the corner of Stanley Street and Annerley Road is the Brewhouse, home to craft beer and excellent pub grub. Schnitzel seekers have a lot to like about this place, as the menu serves up a succulent schnit served with beer gravy and sides, as well as primo parmy topped with slow-cooked tomato Napoli, smoked leg ham and cheese.
jak + hill: Spring Hill’s jak + hill is popular for its range of tasty burgers and baguettes, which is why we couldn’t pass up the idea of a schnitzel burger. Herbed free-range chicken is served with maple slaw on a bun with a side of chunky chips – pretty impressive according to us.
K & K Coffee House: Nestled in the heart of Sinnamon Park is a charming Austrian bakery that offers some bona fide Viennese cuisine including strudels, cakes, breads and a sizeable schnitzel selection. Sample some crumbed golden crispy schnitzels with kipfler potato salad, schnitzels pan-fried with stewed vegetables, tomato and rice, fried in egg and parmesan crust, or stuffed with ham and cheese.
Capalaba Tavern: The Capalaba Tavern is home to the House of Schnitzel, reportedly the place to get authentic, made-to-order schnitzels and toppings. Hormone and antibiotic-free free-range chicken is used exclusively, with more than 20 toppings available for those seeking a new experience every time they dine.
Archive Beer Boutique: West End’s Archive does quintessential pub grub extremely well, as evidenced by its double-crumbed chicken schnitzel with beer-battered fries and its chicken parmy with double smoked ham, fresh herbs, tomato sugo and mozzarella.
Embassy Craft Beer Bar: This inner-city haunt has a concise menu of bites complemented by a selection of beer. We recommend ordering the chicken breast schnitzel and pairing it with a cold one for the perfect Friday knock-off feed.
Brat Haus: Fortitude Valley revellers rave about the snags on offer from Brat Haus, but linger longer and you’ll soon notice that the schnitzel is just as popular. Pair your schnitzel with some creamy potato salad and frites, and wash it all down with a frothy stein.
Newstead Brewing Co.: Get your fix of locally brewed craft beer and chicken at Newstead Brewing Co.’s Doggett Street locale. Sip on any of the fine ales and get your knife and fork into the chicken parmigiana with sugo, smoked ham, mozzarella, slaw and fries.
Wiseguy Espresso and Schnitzel Bar: Albany Creek is home to a delightfully Pulp Fiction-inspired schnitzel establishment that serves up schnitties a variety of ways. Handmade schnitzel burgers, schnitz with salad and schnitzel breakfasts are available, alongside plenty of coffee, shakes and desserts.
The Bavarian: Chermside’s home of Germanic cheer is also a renowned spot to get your teeth into a schnitzel. The Bavarian offers six kinds of schnitty, from the original crumbed veal or chicken, to schnitzel with ham and Swiss cheese, parmigiana style, schnitz with wild mushroom ragout, and a giant pork schnitzel. If you hunger knows no limits, The Schnitzelmeister is one kilo of pure chicken or veal, crumbed and plated up for four people to enjoy.
The Normanby: The iconic surrounds of The Normanby Hotel are a great spot to enjoy a drink and a feed, and patrons are spoiled for choice when it comes to the latter. We recommend the schnitzel burger, which piles a tasty schnit with tomato, lettuce and aioli on fresh buns.
Kraut N’ About: Yep, this is a dedicated mobile schnitzel wagon that serves up some tasty fare around Brisbane. Alongside the odd bratwurst and kransky, hungry punters and chomp on a cheeky schnitty with a serve of chippies.
Heisenberg Haus: Diners in Ipswich can also indulge in a bit of Germanic fare at Heisenberg Haus, with a scrumptious chicken schnit available with pan-fried potatoes and salad and plenty of beer to go with it.
The Paddo Tavern: The Paddo puts the P into parmy, with a selection of five varieties on offer to ogle at. Try The Godfather parmy topped with bocconcini, prosciutto, sage and mozzarella or The Pepperami parmy, which comes with pepperoni, chilli flakes, salsa and a mozzarella cheese blend melted on top.
The Montague Hotel: One of the newest faces on the Brisbane pub scene is The Montague Hotel, but don’t let its relative youth dissuade you – the schnitzel here is just as good any any made at your local.
The Transcontinental Hotel: When all you want for lunch is a classic pub schnitzel, make tracks to The Trans for its panko-crumbed chicken breast, which comes served with hand-cut fried and garden salad. If you need more, you can upgrade it to a parmigiana, adding a helping of delightful Napoli sauce and melted mozzarella.
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