Sydney's love affair with the humble schnitty has now officially been recognised with a recent report declaring it the most ordered post-lockdown dish, with sales rocketing by 270%. Us northsiders are lucky enough to have some of the best schnitty spots right here on our doorsteps so here's our run down of the pick of the flock...
Words: Melissa Evans
The Blues Point Hotel, McMahons Point
The McMahons Point fave serves up jumbo schnitzels for lunch and dinner with a choice of fluffy mash and vegies or crispy chips and salad. We dare you to try and finish a whole one!
Crumbed - House of the Schnitty, 9 Young Street, Neutral Bay
Chookas to Neutral Bay's coffee slingers Against The Grind, who have created a pop up dinner joint chicken fans are going to love. Claiming to be Sydney's first online restaurant dedicated to the mighty schnitzel (there's veal on offer too but we're all about the bird right now), you can load your crumbed chook up with sides including cheesy garlic bread, mash potatoes and cabbage slaw. Sauce choices include your traditional rich gravy and the less traditional Nduja honey, tomato curry sambal, rocket aioli and satay.
Available Weds-Saturday 5-8.30pm on all the usual delivery apps. You can also order direct or via Instagram www.crumbedschnitty.com @crumbed_house_of_the_schnitty
Stuyvesant’s House, 45 Alexander St, Crows Nest
If you’re looking for a more traditional schnitzel, this beloved German restaurant is the place to go. The bustling atmosphere is unbeatable, with knowledgeable staff and German-inspired interiors, you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to a quaint village in Munich.
Greenwood Hotel, 36 Blue St, North Sydney
The Greenwood hotel take their chicken seriously and their schnitzel is a favourite among locals. Nestled into the heart of North Sydney and just a stone’s throw from the train station, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy your schnitty and knock back a cold one out in the open-air courtyard.
The Buena, 76 Middle Head Rd, Mosman
This popular hotel located in leafy Mosman serves one of the best schnitzels Sydney has to offer. The house made dish has parmesan generously melted into the crumb and is served with freshly made coleslaw and rich gravy on the side.
The Bavarian, Chatswood Central Precinct, 5 Railway St, Chatswood
For a classic chicken schnitzel, you can’t go past the Bavarian, with the popular chain having spread its crispy wings to the Lower North Shore. They’re also a fan favourite for their inspired creations, including their Schnitzel of the month and their Chinese-German fusion baos.
Firehouse Hotel, 86 Walker St, North Sydney
If you’re hoping to spare your wallet but don’t want to miss out on the perfect schnitty, the Firehouse Hotel is a strong competitor when it comes to value for money. They serve up a generous crispy schnitzel for just $12, officially making them the best value option on our list.
The Stoned Crow, 39 Willoughby Rd, Crows Nest
The Stoned Crow is serving up $20 chicken schnitzels and each dish comes with a serving of thick-cut chips and gravy. The bustling pub at the centre of Crows Nest is a crowd favourite for its live music and rustic interiors, but the real draw is their take on the classic pub schnitzel.
The Union Hotel, 271 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
The Union Hotel offers a generous serve of schnitzel for the decent price of $15, making it a strong competitor for price and quality. Tucked away in a corner of leafy North Sydney, the unassuming pub serves up a crispy, perfectly crumbed schnitty.
The Rag & Famish
Get schnitfaced every Monday at The Rag with $15 Parmis and Schnitties. Available from 5pm every Monday in the Bistro and perfect with an ice cold schooner at North Sydney's oldest pub.