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Schnitzeland

Posted by Libby Roach / Reviewed on March 29, 2014 / review policy

Schnitzeland TorontoSchnitzeland opened just over a year ago, straddling the 416/905 divide on the north side of Steeles west of Yonge. With a focused menu living up to their schnitzelized name, this mostly takeout spot draws influences from Austria, Hungary, Denmark and Russia, so leave your lederhosen at home.

Owner Rita runs the front of house service counter while her husband holds court in the small kitchen. Having just operated Juicy Olive Bar and Grill in Woodbridge, the couple was eager to cook food that was comfortable, accessible and tasty. As schnitzel was a staple in their respective Eastern European upbringings, it was a deliciously logical path to pursue for the new venture. Renovating the space after a Filipino restaurant closed, they wisely added bathrooms and more seating to their corner unit in a busy strip mall plaza.

SchnitzelandWhile Schnitzels are the main reason to check this place out, the sides and starters are solid as well. Perogies ($7.95) come in many a variety of preparations (including dessert). We try the potato cheddar version, which arrive blistering hot, topped with fresh herbs, buttery fried onions and a side of sour cream. Made from scratch, these pillowy pockets are addictive and extremely filling.

SchnitzelandGoulash Soup ($6.50) arrives in similar form, tongue burning-hot and with more sour cream and green garnish. The scent of caraway seeds and paprika permeate the meaty broth, studded with potatoes and carrots cooked perfectly such that they keep their shape and texture.

SchnitzelandSide salads come in shareable bowls, and we sampled all seven. The standouts are the fried eggplant, Israeli and cucumber salads.

SchnitzelandSchnitzels come in veal, chicken or eggplant and in seven clever variations to suit curious palates. All come with a hot side and a salad, which we opted to share family style. Straight up Wiener Schnitzel ($12.50 for veal), comes pounded flat, breaded and golden fried to near perfection, with a single lemon wedge garnish. While definitely for the less adventurous, the veal was a straight up version of a classic schnitzel, served on a bed of chewy spaetzle, which were jaw dropping good.

Jaeger schnitzel ($13.50 for veal) is slathered in a heavy mushroom red wine gravy, with hunks of bacon adding a dose of salt and fat to this already weighty dish.

SchnitzelandDeparting from the standard schnitzels, the Sesame schnitzel ($12.95 for chicken) was gobsmacking good. A breaded chicken cutlet receives the same special treatment as the veal schnitzels but doubles down with an eggplant schnitzel resting on top like a crowning achievement. Doused in tahini and fragrant zaatar, this schnitzel marries two different cultures into one bountiful plate.

SchnitzelandWith a motto like "Let's get Schnitzelized," you can bet a liquor licence is in the works, as about the only thing missing from this meal was a beer-filled glass boot. Pop ($1.50) and coffee ($1.50) are the only thirst quenchers on the menu so far.

Schnitzeland offers delivery in to the area around the restaurant.

Schnitzeland

Discussion

11 Comments

hpo / March 29, 2014 at 01:23 am
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This place looks really good, the Yonge-Steeles area is filled with these great little finds.

And they wear lederhosen in Austria too!
Amir / March 29, 2014 at 08:40 am
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I've been there with my family and it was the best schnitzel I've had since being in Austria! We fit about 10 people in the corner of the store and had a great time
Linda / March 29, 2014 at 10:12 am
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Amazing place, I tried their food a few weeks ago.
LOVED everything!
If you like schnitzels, or never had a good schnitzel - that's the place!
Ak / March 29, 2014 at 01:31 pm
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The map points to 1200 Steeles W, not 100 Steeles W.
Jason / March 29, 2014 at 01:52 pm
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Damn, looks good, wish it wasn't so far away.
Rebecca / March 29, 2014 at 01:56 pm
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I've also tried this place and thought it was absolutely delicious! Large serving for a low price.
Walter / March 29, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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If anyone is around the area, the dim sum place in the same plaza is my go to after heavy drinking on Friday nights. They do a discount before 10 30 on weekends too.
cathie / March 29, 2014 at 04:54 pm
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We went today. Loved, loved, loved it. The chicken was moist, tender, just enough batter, cucumber salad had tons of garlic and dill. We had plain schnitzels, but the folks beside us had the jaeger schnitzel that could have fed 3 people. It was huge. The only negative I would say is green coleslaw looked like it was the typical generic, out-of-a-bucket variey, not housemade. I could be wrong. Every other side looked housemade, however, and serving size was generous. The restaurant is very clean. They had a full house this afternoon so hopefully this continues for them. So worth the drive or the bus ride.
Donna / March 31, 2014 at 01:20 am
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MMMMM Wow Looks amazing!
Robert / April 3, 2014 at 09:17 am
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Have now driven from home at Y&Eg to Schnitzeland three times. Let me tell you its worth the drive...... Simply outstanding. Do yourself a favour. Awesome food, great service, reasonable prices.
Susan / November 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm
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I used to be a huge fan of this place but they changed the menu. They removed the sweet potato fries and many of the vegetable sides, even the sauerkraut! I don't really have an interest in going there now.
Not sure why they completely changed the menu. Too bad, used to be such a great place

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