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Are things better crumbed? Of course they are. You show me a man, woman or child that doesn’t enjoy a good schnitzel and we will show ’em the door. In regional Victoria we have Polish immigrant Roman Dyduk to thank for the crumbed creation we call a schnitzel. After owning cafes around Melbourne, Roman reinvigorated his love for hospitality with his sons in 2009, and since then the Dyduks’ dream has become a reality.
Five years on they now have 71 stores, which includes three stores in regional Victoria (Geelong CBD, Waurn Ponds and now Ballarat).
Good simple home cooking deserves a good simple philosophy, marketing manager Joe explains, “We’ve always strived to provide schnitzaholics with the greatest tasting schnitzels in the world. Staying true to the home-style schnitzel is extremely important to us. The process for preparing and cooking our food is not dissimilar from what we’re used to enjoying in our own homes.”
While chicken is the one many of us know and love, Schnitz will crumb just about anything. Beef, fish and vegetarian schnitzels are all available, all crumbed in Schnitz’s signature blend of crumbs and pan-cooked to golden perfection. If you’re not a crumby kind of person or are after something light, you’ll still find enough on the menu. The stores offer four salads including a refreshing garden salad, a zesty Mediterranean salad and deliciously traditional Caesar salad – all of which can be ordered plain or with schnitzel strips or crumb-free fillets and home-style coleslaw.
With that there’s only one more question that needs to be asked: what would you recommend? Joseph: “The ‘Plain and Simple’ or ‘Basic Instinct’ in either a wrap or a roll is a great way to introduce friends and family to our menu. If they’re feeling more adventurous, the ‘Parmageddon’ roll is a personal favourite; Napoli sauce and melted mozzarella cheese over a chicken, beef, fish or vegetarian schnitzel, topped with capsicum, mushrooms, fresh basil and a blend of Italian herbs, also with the choice of Kalamata olives for those inclined. Ask for a slice of pineapple for even more flavour!”
Where: Shop 219, Westfield Geelong & Waurn Ponds Shopping Centre & 321 Sturt St, Ballarat
Ph: Ballarat: (03) 4343 1399, Geelong: (03) 5222 4474 & Waurn Ponds: (03) 5242 8384