Best Schnitzels in Melbourne
Where are Melbourne's best schnitzels? What do you look for in a schnitzel? We look for schnitzels that have an appealing shape, decent crust on the outside, tender chicken inside (stays juicy not dry) and cooked evenly, quality cut of chicken breast, not too oily with oil drained, and how it is served (quality sides) and visual attraction and plating.
Here are some of our favourites -
1. Hophaus - Southbank
Hophaus boasts fine schnitzels and stunning views overlooking Southbank (one of our favourite spots) with excellent casual German food. Using their open rotisserie/coal pit their Weiner Schnitzel comes with carrot, beer and apple salat, with mint and cumin vinaigrette, bone marrow jus. Classic German Wiener Schnitzel at its finest. Pair up with their top notch beer list. Image Hophaus Facebook.
2. CH James Cafe - Fairfield
CH James produces restaurant quality food in a cafe, located on iconic Station St Fairfield. Among the highlights on the all day menu is the Chicken Schnitzel with caraway braised cabbage, aioli, parmesan and chips. The schnitzel is a decent size perfectly cooked and crumbed. Shavings of parmesan enhance the flavours. A bed of red cabbage provides superb crunch and some tang. Visually this dish looks spectacular. Some tasty aioli brings more tang and creaminess and golden chips make this the complete schnitzel dish. With the cabbage there is a nod to German cooking. Washed down with a craft beer this was a totally pleasurable experience.
CH James boasts top notch chefs, first class coffee including a coffee window, a stunning courtyard area with art mural, marble top tables and garden next to an old church, and a stylish interior with farm implements as a nod to 1880's entrepreneur CH James.
3. The Hof Downtown - Docklands
The Hof Downtown recently reopened on Bourke St serving contemporary Australian cuisine with German flair. Tapas has been added to the menu to complement the popular German style dishes.
The Hof is appealing for its beer offerings and dishes like its Large Chicken Schnitzel with chips and salad. Image above The hof Downtown Facebook and image below supplied.
4. O'Connells Hotel - South Melbourne
O’Connell’s in South Melbourne is Melbourne’s oldest gastronomic pub having celebrated its 140th year in 2016. Over the years O’Connell’s has been home to some of the city’s best-known chefs such as Greg Malouf, Cath Kalka and Adrian Richardson. As of November 2017, Tom Brockbank has joined the O’Connell’s team as Head Chef. Images supplied.
Brockbank’s new menu features the longstanding O’Connell’s classics including the ‘Beef and Guinness Pie’ and ‘Veal Schnitzel’ and stand out additions include the ‘Sloe Gin Salmon Gravlax’ (beetroot, fermented green tomato and cucumber foam), ‘Free Range Chicken’ (with boudin noir, pickled and roasted corn) and the ’12 hour slow cooked dry aged spring lamb’ (featuring petits pois à la Francaise, Yarra’s goat curd and bacon).
The Veal Schnitzel is served with a delicious herb and parmesan crumb, slaw and chips. The crust is top notch; herb and parmesan is the perfect combination. Sides are also excellent.
5. Munich Brauhaus - South Wharf
Munich Brauhaus has been a crowd pleaser since it opened and has brought added verve to South Wharf. Expect German classics here but also expect generous portions and top notch beer offerings. Not only does their Classic Winer Schnitzel hit the mark but you may find yourself in a mega schnitzel challenge (must finish in an hour) of a 1kg schnitzel for a foodcoma session. The Classic version of the Winer Schnitzel consists of 220g of crumbed veal, lemon, parsley and capers. Melt in your mouth. Bevvy up with a stein or two and indulge in Bavarian foodie bliss. Image Munich Brauhaus Instagram.