From the banks of the mighty Danube to the North Shore of Sydney, Austrian Schnitzelhaus is going a long way to popularising this old-school Austrian classic among Aussies. The restaurant can be found down on Waters Lane in Neutral Bay, just 20 minutes from the CBD, and its menu offers all that one would expect from a restaurant specialising in Austrian cuisine. Schnitzels abound, surrounded by spaetzle and sauerkraut, followed by strudels and all the while washed down with Salzburg’s own Stiegl beer.
The Wiener schnitzel is an Austrian icon, up there with Mozart, coffeehouses and Oedipally-obsessed psychologists as the symbols of this central European nation. At Austrian Schnitzelhaus in Neutral Bay they pride themselves on providing Sydney’s schnitzel-lovers with a ready supply of the dish, as well as inventing international variations on the classic. From their Waters Lane location they take the breaded and fried escalope as a jumping off point, adding twists such as pineapple (Hawaiian), parmesan (Italian) and chorizo (Spanish) to the Viennese veal, creating a veritable United Nations of schnitzels.
Alongside the meat though, there is far more to Austrian Schnitzelhaus – and Austrian cuisine – than just schnitzels. They offer a wide range of dishes from the Central European repertoire, including Kasseler rib from Germany, beef goulash from Hungary, Dutch bitterballen and even Swiss rosti. Neutral Bay locals and greater Sydney foodies agree: they head out to Waters Lane in droves, so make sure you book your table well in advance to make sure you get a spot by the schnitzels.