We’ve been coming to the Austrian Schnitzelhaus for a number of years now, so we knew what to expect and we weren’t disappointed. As always, the food was first class: The schnitzels were delicious and hearty, served in generous portions and nicely complemented with chips, salads and a selection of tasty sauces that you can choose from (but pay extra for). There’s plenty of variety on the menu and something for everyone, including fish schnitzels and vegetarian ones. We also shared a wholesome and tasty Austrian salad which had creamy potato and cabbage in it. And you can wash it all down with a German,Czech or local ale in a 300ml or half a litre quantity.
Service from Lisa, our hostess, was polite, attentive and efficient. Dishes came out within a few minutes of ordering. That’s just the way we like it, nothing worse than hanging around for ages waiting for the meals to arrive.
On a quiet Sunday night, there was only a smattering of other guests, so there were plenty of available tables, and no need to book here, although Fri and Sat nights might be a different story. With a small turnout, acoustics were fine, and we had no trouble conversing, although there is a lot of wood and no carpets or noise absorbers, which could make things noisy if it got full.
Toilets are right in the middle of the restaurant, so they’re easy to find. They’re clean and well provisioned, with adequate cubicles for male and female diners. In a nice touch, I noticed a sign on the door, which offers non-restaurant patrons the use of the toilets on payment of a modest $2 “donation”.
The Austrian Schnitzelhaus serves excellent fare and has a decent selection of European and local beers. Service is fast and efficient and it’s clear that these guys know how to run a restaurant, because it hums like a well-oiled machine and they don’t miss a beat. But having been in this location for a few years now, the interior is starting to show it’s age. The bland furniture and Austrian themed table-clothes of red and white, look a bit tired, and it lacks warmth and ambience. It would be nice to see it renewed and modernised.
Parking was easy to find just after where Belgrave St turns the corner and becomes Gerard St. There are no weekend restrictions, and from there it’s a short five-minute walk up to Waters Lane, where you’ll find the Schnitzelhaus opposite Woolworths.
And thanks to Gerry for offering us a special two-for-one schnitzel deal, to entice us back to his restaurant. That kept the bill for three of us, to $111. For that, we got four 300ml glasses of ale, three schnitzels with all the trimmings and a sauce to accompany each one, plus a salad. But also included in that bill was something called a “Sunday surcharge” of $3 per person, which took me by surprise and which I wasn’t expecting. Now, while I understand that these guys work hard, probably seven days a week, and of course they deserve proper compensation for that, but why not just up the prices ever so slightly, to cover any extra Sunday costs, rather than add on a “surcharge”.? Personally, I find these hidden extras like “surcharges”, “levies” or “fees”, an irritation and they should be dumped.
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