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Review – Schnitzel Haus, Braddon

By Lisa Martin 16 June 2015 22

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If you’re after a schnitzel as big as your head, try Braddon’s newest food offering, Schnitzel Haus in Lonsdale Street.

I know there’s one of these already in Canberra at Erindale but I have never tried it – and honestly I didn’t know it existed until the Braddon store popped up.

The newest Schnitzel Haus is located on Lonsdale Street right next to Hopscotch and had only just opened when I gave it a try. The yellow, black and white colour scheme seems to be the theme in this pocket of Braddon with Hopscotch and Schnitzel Haus having similar colour schemes. Italian and Sons is not far behind with its yellow and black logo.

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But the white and yellow makes for a bright and welcoming restaurant.

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I tried Schnitzel Haus with a group of friends for a weekday lunch as it is right near my work. The menu has a lot of choose from – from veal, chicken or pork schnitzels with a range of different toppings, to burgers and salads, and then a selection of desserts (on the off chance you’re still hungry after the main!). Given we were such a big group, the orders came out relatively quickly.

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I’m often wary about trying new restaurants when they first open, but it was good to see Schnitzel Haus seemed to have everything working well from the customer service to the kitchen.

I ordered the Philly Burger with a chicken schnitzel, which I really enjoyed. It was tasty and filling with just enough mustard. The bread it comes in is quite dense so I didn’t eat much of it and was still full after (I’m a small eater).

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Everybody walked away with stomachs full and satisfied with the food– you definitely won’t go hungry no matter what you order. All the schnitzels that come as a main were huge. The schnitzels in the burgers are a lot smaller and good for small eaters. They’re well priced at $14.95.

Schnitzel Haus seems like a popular lunch option especially on a sunny day with a good outdoor area out the front with a lot of people enjoying the sunshine there during the week.

I’m interested what its desserts are like and was intrigued by the deconstructed Nutella cheesecake on the specials board, but I never saw one come out so I’ll have to make a return trip. Also I’m not sure what a schnitzel banana is but I’m guessing it’s like a banana fritter.

One thing I know I won’t be trying is the Schitzel Lovers Challenge offering one of each schnitzel on the menu as well as chips.

With something new popping up in Braddon almost every week it will be interesting see how Schnitzel Haus competes with all the other food options in the area. Have you been there yet?


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Ghettosmurf87 12:43 pm 17 Jun 15

rubaiyat said :

He is part of a generation that thinks you buy on whim and throw it away when you are bored or can’t be bothered with it anymore, or have so stuffed it up that it is now useless.

Perhaps that generation learnt to treat material possessions that way after seeing the generations before it treat the world in such a way? Happy to drain it of resources and pollute it to buggery for a quick buck and some instant satisfaction, rather than planning for and considering the future?

rubaiyat 11:30 am 17 Jun 15

dungfungus said :

I have been doing a fitness / weight loss program recently and the trainer said Canberra was one of the hardest places in the world to lose weight because of our seemingly insatiable appetite for restaurant food.
There are more threads on RiotACT about food than anything else so that probably confirms his claim.
He had the wisdom to add that while it is hard to resist it is not wrong to leave food uneaten on the plate as our bodies don’t need it.

I am glad that you are making the effort to get fit and lose weight but suggest your car is your worst enemy.

Better to incorporate regular exercise and movement as part of your normal activities than to artificially try and tag it on (usually inadequately) by going to a gym to pseudo walk on machines. If that isn’t the definition of crazy what else can you describe a power consuming machine that helps you go nowhere?

I have a friend who is a doctor and unfortunately somewhat overweight. He seems to be addicted to really trashy food. Why beats me because he sure likes our better home cooked food. He’s over often enough. Laziness and lack of imagination?

I tried to encourage him to walk with me around the neighbourhood, but couldn’t get him to keep it up, instead he drives to the gym. I suggested don’t drive, walk to the gym, touch the door and walk home. Save money, petrol and get some fresh air all at the same time.

I have commented on the RiotACT’s unhealthy addiction to “Besta” junk food stories.

You probably have not read it because it gets cut.

rubaiyat 11:13 am 17 Jun 15

Maya123 said :

Wastage also costs money. As an aside, it would be interesting to compare the financial position of people on similar incomes, of wasters and non-wasters. I would surmise it would go beyond wasting food.

I love my son, the chef, but sadly that is him. When he cooks for us as a treat we can’t believe how much he throws out, but he dismisses that as us not “understanding”. Understanding what? That restaurants want to make food into shapes it doesn’t adopt in nature?

I keep nagging him on what savings he has put aside. Very little, even going on his claims, and he is constantly short. His wastefulness goes far beyond the food though, it also extends into his personal possessions, rental arrangements and transport. He is part of a generation that thinks you buy on whim and throw it away when you are bored or can’t be bothered with it anymore, or have so stuffed it up that it is now useless.

dungfungus 9:45 am 17 Jun 15

chewy14 said :

Maybe I went on an off day, but the chicken schnitzel I got at Erindale was barely average in size and was probably less tasty than your average club for a higher price.

As described above, the atmosphere was also very food hall like, I doubt I’ll be back

An earlier customer probably ate the first half of your average size chicken schnitzel.

Maya123 11:41 pm 16 Jun 15

rubaiyat said :

Solidarity said :

Or maybe people eat and then get full, and due to this can no longer eat.

Then order an entrée size portion with no side orders.

This is an unfortunate very Australian practice, I rarely see migrants, or children of migrants doing this.

To be generous it may be an attempt to not pack on the kilos, but it doesn’t seem to be working and we get back to why order anything or put it on your plate when you have no intention of eating it and instead send it all to land fill?

Why judge food by its quantity, not quality, when all you are doing is then throwing it away?

My wife and I had lunch in a BBQ Chinese in Dickson last Friday. The guy next to us, in RAAF uniform, had ordered a huge plate of chicken, rice and veg and left nearly all of it on his plate after only eating a fraction.

I asked the owners if maybe he hadn’t liked his meal and they said no, he comes in regularly for lunch and that’s what he does.

Same at a café I frequent in Dulwich Hill, Sydney. A regular there comes in and orders 3 courses and eats a bit of each every day with her coffee. Greek owner thinks its weird but she is a good customer.

My father is living with my brother and his wife now and says my sister-in-law does the same. The waste in that house is astounding. If it doesn’t sit in the fridge till it goes off, most of it goes straight from plate into the garbage. My nephew has picked up the same habits from his mum.

It looks odd and wrong to my wife and I and my Dad, but obviously not so to people who see that as absolutely normal.

+1. It does also help explain why most people put out a garbage bin every week, while some other people (but sadly only a few), only need to put out a bin every few weeks. (And no, there is no reason the bin need smell.) It’s an attitude; displayed in what is over-ordered in restaurants in the above examples, and unlikely to stop there.
Years ago I wrote a letter to the paper about wastage, and someone who knew me (but not as well as she thought it turned out) then came up to me and said, but you can’t compare yourself to other households as there is only one of you. She then said she needed to put out a bin every week, even though she ‘claimed’ she composted. I loved her expression when I corrected her and said, no there are three people (and a cat) in my household, and we still take ages to fill a bin. One simple explanation…we didn’t waste food. I was brought up to consider wastage very wrong, and the other two people in the household were similar. One came from a poor (and illiterate) family in a third world country, and I would guess wastage to her would be very alien. Wastage also costs money. As an aside, it would be interesting to compare the financial position of people on similar incomes, of wasters and non-wasters. I would surmise it would go beyond wasting food.

dungfungus 8:33 pm 16 Jun 15

rubaiyat said :

Solidarity said :

Or maybe people eat and then get full, and due to this can no longer eat.

Then order an entrée size portion with no side orders.

This is an unfortunate very Australian practice, I rarely see migrants, or children of migrants doing this.

To be generous it may be an attempt to not pack on the kilos, but it doesn’t seem to be working and we get back to why order anything or put it on your plate when you have no intention of eating it and instead send it all to land fill?

Why judge food by its quantity, not quality, when all you are doing is then throwing it away?

My wife and I had lunch in a BBQ Chinese in Dickson last Friday. The guy next to us, in RAAF uniform, had ordered a huge plate of chicken, rice and veg and left nearly all of it on his plate after only eating a fraction.

I asked the owners if maybe he hadn’t liked his meal and they said no, he comes in regularly for lunch and that’s what he does.

Same at a café I frequent in Dulwich Hill, Sydney. A regular there comes in and orders 3 courses and eats a bit of each every day with her coffee. Greek owner thinks its weird but she is a good customer.

My father is living with my brother and his wife now and says my sister-in-law does the same. The waste in that house is astounding. If it doesn’t sit in the fridge till it goes off, most of it goes straight from plate into the garbage. My nephew has picked up the same habits from his mum.

It looks odd and wrong to my wife and I and my Dad, but obviously not so to people who see that as absolutely normal.

I have been doing a fitness / weight loss program recently and the trainer said Canberra was one of the hardest places in the world to lose weight because of our seemingly insatiable appetite for restaurant food.
There are more threads on RiotACT about food than anything else so that probably confirms his claim.
He had the wisdom to add that while it is hard to resist it is not wrong to leave food uneaten on the plate as our bodies don’t need it.

chewy14 7:42 pm 16 Jun 15

Maybe I went on an off day, but the chicken schnitzel I got at Erindale was barely average in size and was probably less tasty than your average club for a higher price.

As described above, the atmosphere was also very food hall like, I doubt I’ll be back

rubaiyat 4:13 pm 16 Jun 15

Solidarity said :

Or maybe people eat and then get full, and due to this can no longer eat.

Then order an entrée size portion with no side orders.

This is an unfortunate very Australian practice, I rarely see migrants, or children of migrants doing this.

To be generous it may be an attempt to not pack on the kilos, but it doesn’t seem to be working and we get back to why order anything or put it on your plate when you have no intention of eating it and instead send it all to land fill?

Why judge food by its quantity, not quality, when all you are doing is then throwing it away?

My wife and I had lunch in a BBQ Chinese in Dickson last Friday. The guy next to us, in RAAF uniform, had ordered a huge plate of chicken, rice and veg and left nearly all of it on his plate after only eating a fraction.

I asked the owners if maybe he hadn’t liked his meal and they said no, he comes in regularly for lunch and that’s what he does.

Same at a café I frequent in Dulwich Hill, Sydney. A regular there comes in and orders 3 courses and eats a bit of each every day with her coffee. Greek owner thinks its weird but she is a good customer.

My father is living with my brother and his wife now and says my sister-in-law does the same. The waste in that house is astounding. If it doesn’t sit in the fridge till it goes off, most of it goes straight from plate into the garbage. My nephew has picked up the same habits from his mum.

It looks odd and wrong to my wife and I and my Dad, but obviously not so to people who see that as absolutely normal.

dungfungus 3:48 pm 16 Jun 15

rosscoact said :

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

Solidarity said :

I’m not really a “foodie” and don’t know much about food, but my family is from Graz, and Heidi’s up in Cooma is as close to my Oma/Mum’s cooking that i’ve had down here.

That said, I don’t mind Schnitzel Haus in Erindale at all – It’s noisy yes, but that’s part of the experience. It’s a nice relaxed no-fuss meal, priced well. You’d be disappointed if you’re looking for some trendy hipster food joint where everyone takes photos of their food and discusses social justice, but if you’re looking for something a bit less pretentious, it’s absolutely spot on. It’s easy, fun and fast.

Best lunch, Schnitty, footy and misogyny – in that order

Gee, we might sit at adjoining tables sometime then?

We may do, but how would I recognise you? You could recognise me my my warm glow of smug self-satisfaction.

I’ll bring my aura detector.

Solidarity 3:35 pm 16 Jun 15

Or maybe people eat and then get full, and due to this can no longer eat.

rosscoact 3:28 pm 16 Jun 15

dungfungus said :

rosscoact said :

Solidarity said :

I’m not really a “foodie” and don’t know much about food, but my family is from Graz, and Heidi’s up in Cooma is as close to my Oma/Mum’s cooking that i’ve had down here.

That said, I don’t mind Schnitzel Haus in Erindale at all – It’s noisy yes, but that’s part of the experience. It’s a nice relaxed no-fuss meal, priced well. You’d be disappointed if you’re looking for some trendy hipster food joint where everyone takes photos of their food and discusses social justice, but if you’re looking for something a bit less pretentious, it’s absolutely spot on. It’s easy, fun and fast.

Best lunch, Schnitty, footy and misogyny – in that order

Gee, we might sit at adjoining tables sometime then?

We may do, but how would I recognise you? You could recognise me my my warm glow of smug self-satisfaction.

dungfungus 2:31 pm 16 Jun 15

rosscoact said :

Solidarity said :

I’m not really a “foodie” and don’t know much about food, but my family is from Graz, and Heidi’s up in Cooma is as close to my Oma/Mum’s cooking that i’ve had down here.

That said, I don’t mind Schnitzel Haus in Erindale at all – It’s noisy yes, but that’s part of the experience. It’s a nice relaxed no-fuss meal, priced well. You’d be disappointed if you’re looking for some trendy hipster food joint where everyone takes photos of their food and discusses social justice, but if you’re looking for something a bit less pretentious, it’s absolutely spot on. It’s easy, fun and fast.

Best lunch, Schnitty, footy and misogyny – in that order

Gee, we might sit at adjoining tables sometime then?

rubaiyat 1:29 pm 16 Jun 15

Madam Cholet said :

…but who wants to waste their money on food you just won’t get through?

An amazing number of people. I’ve discussed this with restaurant and cafe owners and they don’t like the waste either but so many people just order food and leave it on the table. Not because they didn’t necessarily like it, because they often come back and order the same over and over again.

I actually was commended for eating my side order of vegetables at Green Herring. When I asked why, the owner said most people order it and never even touch it.

I was raised to respect both food and money. Lazy waste or waste as an affectation is really repugnant to me but looks like a norm for most people today.

A lot of resources and sometimes suffering (of animals) has gone onto your plate, treating it as if it is nothing is an insult to the animal, the farmer and everyone who has prepared and served it up to you. You are literally not even bothering to chew and spit it out before it heads off to landfill.

rosscoact 1:15 pm 16 Jun 15

Solidarity said :

I’m not really a “foodie” and don’t know much about food, but my family is from Graz, and Heidi’s up in Cooma is as close to my Oma/Mum’s cooking that i’ve had down here.

That said, I don’t mind Schnitzel Haus in Erindale at all – It’s noisy yes, but that’s part of the experience. It’s a nice relaxed no-fuss meal, priced well. You’d be disappointed if you’re looking for some trendy hipster food joint where everyone takes photos of their food and discusses social justice, but if you’re looking for something a bit less pretentious, it’s absolutely spot on. It’s easy, fun and fast.

Best lunch, Schnitty, footy and misogyny – in that order

Madam Cholet 1:07 pm 16 Jun 15

I looked at the menu for the Erindale place a while back and was surprised at how much a schnitzel and chips costs. Looks like around $25 for a meal with one or two slightly cheaper options (excluding the cheaper burgers). The fact that it is as big as your head is probably why it is so pricey, but who wants to waste their money on food you just won’t get through? That is what has put me off from going. It’s not out of our price range, but what with the stuff I had heard about it (not great), and the prices, it has added up to a ‘don’t think so’.

If you want a schnitzel down south you can go to Rose Cottage. I believe their huge meals are around $14. Would be just as big as the picture above and for that price – who cares if you don’t eat it all. And at least there the noise is not really an issue, although to be fair I haven’t eaten inside for quite some time.

AlexinQuangers 12:39 pm 16 Jun 15

Best schniddys are from Austrian club and Harmonie club. Nowhere else in Canberra even compares.

Solidarity 11:19 am 16 Jun 15

I’m not really a “foodie” and don’t know much about food, but my family is from Graz, and Heidi’s up in Cooma is as close to my Oma/Mum’s cooking that i’ve had down here.

That said, I don’t mind Schnitzel Haus in Erindale at all – It’s noisy yes, but that’s part of the experience. It’s a nice relaxed no-fuss meal, priced well. You’d be disappointed if you’re looking for some trendy hipster food joint where everyone takes photos of their food and discusses social justice, but if you’re looking for something a bit less pretentious, it’s absolutely spot on. It’s easy, fun and fast.

Zan 11:10 am 16 Jun 15

Ezy said :

…The best Schnitzel I got was from an Austrian Cafe that used to be at the Chifley shops ….

Yes, that was very good Austrian food cooked properly. Unfortunately I think the chef has passed away.
It is unfortunately that even the Austrian club deep fries just like all the others. Do try Silver Brumby, but make sure you book as it very busy.

Ezy 10:49 am 16 Jun 15

Ahhh fried flat chicken! Yum!

The best Schnitzel I got was from an Austrian Cafe that used to be at the Chifley shops (I think) where A bite to Eat now is. It was hanging over the side of the plate and damn it was good. I have heard the Austrian Club in Mawson serves up a mean fried flat chicken…. it may even be the same chef?

I am yet to hear anything good about Schnitzel Haus in Erindale.

Dame Canberra 10:06 am 16 Jun 15

Zan said :

A real schnitzel should be pan fried gently. I have yet to find someone in ACT that does that. The only place I know of in Australia is at Silver Brumby up in the Snowies. The best Austrian food outside of Austria.

I would happily travel that far for a good schnitzel. Thanks for the tip!

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