As the days get lighter, longer and hotter, nothing screams ‘winning’ quite like a chicken schnitty and an ice cold beverage. Whether it’s a classic schnitzel or something a little more fancy we’ve got you covered for all your schnitzel needs as we cruise towards Oktoberfest! Check out our top six schnitzels in Parramatta this Spring.
Critini’s combine southern Italian with modern Australian and their schnitzel is that perfect combination of tender, juicy and a little bit creamy, because they crumb their chicken with parmesan before frying it up. Probably a very good idea to dine at Critini’s on a Thursday, which just so happens to be Nutella Espresso Martini for $10 day. Just saying.
291 Church Street Parramatta 2150; Monday - Thursday 11:00am - 10:30pm, Friday 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday 8:30am - 11:30pm and Sunday 8:30am - 10:30pm. Visit Criniti's website.
For the full schnitzel experience, there’s no beating the pew-style seating, original stained glass windows, and cowbell vibe of The Bavarian on Phillip Street. Their classic parmigiana is hard to pass up, but if you’re a first-timer at the Bavarian have a go at the Swiss Schnitzel – it’s 250g crumbed chicken with double-smoked ham and Swiss cheese. The American with bacon, maple and waffle is also pretty wicked but the Schnitzelmeister is next-level: 1kg of pure crispy crumbed veal with your choice of sides. Best news ever? Demolish the $100 beast, and you get it for free.
2/8 Phillip Street Parramatta 2150; Open daily 11:00am - Late; Visit The Bavarian website.
For the best value (and probably the most retro) schnitzel feed in Parramatta, you can’t go past PJ’s Chicken Hawaiian. It’s a crumbed chicken breast with Napoli sauce, mozzarella cheese, ham, pineapple, and PJ's slaw served with beer battered chips. PJ's is super warm and lively and they now do music and Retro DJ's on Saturday's from 5.30pm. $5 house drinks and $10 cocktails from 6:00pm - 9:00pm.
74 Church Street Parramatta 2150; Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00am, Friday 10:00am - 6:00am, Saturday 9:00am - 6:00am and Sunday 9:00am - Midnight; Visit PJ's Parramatta website.
Doing schnitzel on a budget? Thursdays at the Albion will get you a pretty darn tasty traditional plateful that ticks all the boxes for just $18. They’ve got a great beer garden where you can kick back and enjoy one of their truly excellent shared cocktails, post feed. Chicken schnitzel followed by Strawberry Fields (think gin, citrus, soda) – need we say more?
135 George Street Parramatta 2150; Monday - Thursday 10:00am - 4:00am, Friday - Saturday 10:00am - 6:00am, Sunday 9:00am - Midnight; Visit Albion Hotel website.
The Rose and Crown
Wednesday night trivia and a sneaky schnitzel – what could go wrong? The Rose and Crown have just launched their newly renovated bistro where you can get yourself an outstanding classic panko crumbed chicken schnitzel for $20/$22, add chilli con carne for a Mexican twist. This local favourite is well-deserving of its stellar reputation – packed with pub classics, The Rose and Crown is all about good food, good staff and good times.
11 Victoria Road Parramatta 2150; Weekdays 10:00am - 4:00am, Saturday 9:00am - 6:00am and Sunday 9:00am - Midnight. Visit The Rose and Crown website.
Set to be your next favourite local, Volcano’s Steakhouse is 100% locally owned and operated, offering the very best in farm to table goodness. If you’re up for a new schnitzel experience, their Sage Schnitzel is totally nuts – it’s pistachio sage fillet served with mushroom gravy, rocket and sundried tomatoes. Don’t forget to go a side order of their corn cobs… and their sweet potato mash… and also their fried onion rings with ailoi... but only if you please.
311 Church Street Parramatta 2150; Sunday - Wednesday 11:30am - 10:00pm and Thursday - Saturday 11:30am - 11:00pm; Visit Volcano's Steakhouse website.