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A Real Canberra Tragedy – Vale the Tradies Schnitty

By jimbocool - 11 March 2008 29

Sunday evening I tootled off to the Tradies Club in Dickson for some good old fashined comfort food in the shape of a Chicken Scnnitzel with pepper sauce. Now the Dickson Tradies Schnitty needs no introduction to Riotacters – as we all know it is a wonderous thing (magnificently unhealthy to be sure, you feel your arteries clogging as you dine) and somewhat of an institution in Canberra. When I arrived I could tell stright away that things were amiss – the recent renovations had finshed and while the hole in the wall where you order was considerably perked up (you can now see the kitchen proper, like a fancy cafe) there was no immediate indication of schnitzels (the board is no longer up). Even after a quick look at the menu, schnitzels were not immediately apparent. “Oh no!” I said to the lady at the till, “don’t tell me you don’t do schnitzels anymore”. She assured me they did and pointed them out on the menu – my heart sank as the words, “the famous schnitzels are now even better” were printed thereon. Is there an example anywhere in history where a food product labelled as “now even better” has turned out to be that way? Dishearted, I ordered a chicken schnitty with pepper sauce – hoping it was just a slip of the tongue when the lady said, “pepper gravy” as she repeated my order.

After a while, my little buzzer thingy buzzed to let me know that my order was ready – I went and picked up and my heart sank even lower – where there should have been a beautiful thin schnitty the size of my head lieberally covered in pepper sauce was instead two thick schnitzel like items, with a drizzle of what looked like gravy with some green peppercorns thrown in. I sat down, cut off a piece and ate it – it was awful. It was obviously a pre-packaged, frozen schnitzel – like you would buy from the frozen food section of Woolies. With thick crusting (not breaded, more like a batter) with the meat too thick for a true schnitty. The sauce was even worse, packet gravy with pepercorns thrown in. Now the old Tradies pepper sauce had its ups and downs, but it was actually a real sauce made with staock and cream – not Gravox. The whole thing was disgusting, and a disgrace – if I wanted Inghams frozen schnitzels, I would’ve had em at home!

While I will write to the Tradies to protest this outrage, I’m not sure what good it will do as it is obvious that the bistro has been outsourced to a catering company – God knows why, it can’t be to save money given how rich the club is. In the meantime I’m now looking for a new schnitty – preferably in a club as it’s easier to manage a baby & pram in a club than a restaurant.

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A Real Canberra Tragedy – Vale the Tradies Schnitty
CanberraResident 1:15 pm 11 Mar 08

It concerns me when you say “where there should have been a beautiful thin schnitty the size of my head” …

maaaaaate … you must have one massive noggin’ because those Tradies schnitzels were enormous …

oh yeah, and when is the dickson tradies NOT doing renovations … seems like a never ending thing with that place

stereo henry 12:26 pm 11 Mar 08

Polish Club at O’Connor – great schnitzel, although I’m more of a chicken or veal parmigiana kinda guy and have noticed that it is hard to find one of these pub menu icons anywhere in Canberra! anyone know where to source a good one?

justbands 12:20 pm 11 Mar 08

They’d still care… a) sounds like it’s been outsourced, so the operators will care as they don’t get pokie profits & b) the popularity (or lack thereof) of the bistro brings punters through the door (or not). The fewer punters through the door, the fewer punters playing pokies.

AngryHenry 12:13 pm 11 Mar 08

Do they even care though! I mean look at all the money that gets poured into the pokies over there…

I actually wonder what is a bigger gamble, the tradies pokies or the tradies meals???

fnaah 11:56 am 11 Mar 08

For those with Facebook, I’ve created a “Bring Back the Tradies Schniddy” group, which of copurse will do nothing useful, except make us feel like we’re protesting:

Mr Evil 11:55 am 11 Mar 08

You no likeee, you goeee elsewhereeee!

Shannski 11:50 am 11 Mar 08

How can this be!?
How could they do such a thing!?

Is there no justice in the world?

fnaah 11:44 am 11 Mar 08

Noooooooo! :,(

Duke 11:25 am 11 Mar 08

There’s no way the Dickson Tradies can have a worse schnitzel than the Woden Tradies, which is fair-dinkum appalling.

Have not been to Dickson in a while but used to love their sour cream schnitzel.

@bighead – I have to order the kids meals when I go to Central Cafe. No wonder there are so many fat kids in Qbn!

bighead 11:04 am 11 Mar 08

:(… Looks like central cafe will be getting another visit soon.

MrMagoo 10:55 am 11 Mar 08

Next someone will be telling us that the Laksa at Dickson Noodle House has goen to the shite as well and then there’ll be no reason to go to Dickson ever again.

MrMagoo 10:52 am 11 Mar 08

That is possibly the greatest ragedy in food in the history of Canberra. As a student we would go to the Tradies to have a ‘decent big feed’ on Schnitty. The Tradies will loose out big time on this one you can be sure. How bloody depressing.

Ava 10:47 am 11 Mar 08

Eastlake snitty is quality, however I think they are closed at the moment for renovations.

Holy Grail Kingston doesn’t do a bad job either.

p1 10:33 am 11 Mar 08

It was with great sadness that we were forced to change plans mid bucks party last weekend when told on arrival to the tradies of the demise of the shnitzel.

AngryHenry 10:27 am 11 Mar 08

A TRAVESTY!!! Shame tradies shame!!! Eastlake in Kingston/Griffith do $7.50 Schnitties! But they pale in comparison to the old tradies schnitzel…

Stories like this just make me wanna crawl back into bed and forget about living…


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