When I’m not taking my lunch to work, you can almost guarantee to see me wandering about the Hunter Connection Food Plaza deciding on what to have. It’s cheap, the food’s reasonably decent and you can snap a $5 bargain lunch if you get there after 2pm.
I decided to venture beyond my Hunter zone and, in doing so, discovered this little German Schnitzel Haus in the Food@259 eatery strip in the shadow of the Suncorp and NAB Towers.
This hole in the wall is owned by a German couple that moved on from their previous jobs, and it seems the office workers have cottoned onto the fantastic edibles they pump out every weekday.
One of the first things you see are the golden pretzels at the counter. These little fellas have covered a few air miles thanks to being made in Germany; snap-frozen and then baked here at the schnitzel haus. I guess you could say they’re the real deal.
The other real deal is the schnitzel that’s crumbed and cooked to order. None of those crusty things you always see beneath heat lamps at take-away counters. You know the ones.
Veal, chicken and pork are the going meats, and if you’re not up for animal consumption, there’s a vego patty made from sweet potato, chickpeas, zucchini & haloumi.
The crusty rolls would have to be my favourites. And I mean crusty in a good way. Perfectly sized and layered with your desired schnitzel (pork all the way for me) and whatever filling applies to the choice.
How about the Berlin (11.5), with bacon, fried egg, onion & ketchup? The lemon aïoli is just what the sandwich needs, melding with the oozing egg yolk and causing golden eruptions when you sink your teeth in.
For a simpler affair, and by all means not less tasty, there’s the Weimar (9.5) that’s enlivened with warm, smoky and salty ribbons of speck. Or perhaps the Basel (10.5) with its ham, melted Swiss cheese and aïoli.
Wurst makes its appearance at the Haus, as well. Kranzky, bratwurst and the meatloaf-like fleischkäse. The currywurst (9.5) takes me back to a particular street food vendor in Berlin, with its hot chunks of kranzky and spicy tomato sauce sprinkled with curry powder.
It may be a tad steep in its pricing, but the German salad with schnitzel (12.5) is an all-in-one lunch box with potato & cabbage salad. The absolute hero being that golden pork schnitzel.
The desserts are yet to be sampled, but you can expect to see things like house-made apfelstrudel, schwarzwälder torte and danishes at this little piece of Germany in Sydney’s city centre.