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best Schnitzel of my life

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Utterly lean, juicy, cooked exactly done, 1/8" thick absolutely even, pounded (marks visible) slice of pork. Crust tasting of well-browned good-quality bread crumbs, s+p & neutral fat, stayed shatteringly crisp to the last bite. Fully enveloping the meat, NOT adherent, gummy or greasy. A Schnitzel that cannot be improved upon!

Accompanying 2 scoops of potato salad (by request - menu offers "potato mixed with fried onion OR rice"): diced potato, pickle, onion, peas, copious tangy creamy dressing, good tho' not my personal favorite variation. Large slice each of carrot & cucumber to fill the plate.

Would recommend, perhaps once business picks up, a (seasonal) selection of traditional East-Central European sides: Spatzle, potato dumplings, mashed potatoes, home fries, Boston lettuce with o+v or cream dressing, cucumber+sour cream salad, grated carrot salad, green bean salad, red cabbage salad, cole slaw, sauerkraut, cauliflower w browned crumbs?

Attractive European bistro decor & background (not conversation-disrupting!) music (CBC2?). Immaculately clean.

Concerned that my friend & I were the only patrons Friday lunch-time - want them to succeed as we haven't had a place to eat schnitzel since our previous go-tos in Thorold & Grimsby closed years ago.

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Gourmet Schnitzel House
2286 Kingston Rd, Toronto, ON M1N 1T9, CA

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  1. And where is this paragon of schnitzel to be found? I love me some good schnitzel! :)

    1. sooooooo, what is the name of this awesome place??

      1. This sounds good, but am I missing the name/location of the restaurant?

        1. Erh, where?

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          1. re: Kagemusha

            for me, Schnitzel is pretty overrated, I mean, fried things are good and all,but Schnitzel is pretty bland for what it is, it really needs some mustard or something, along with a nice homemade pickle to go along with it. Ive found the best Ive had was at Vienna Meats and Deli on Birchmount just north of Eglinton, the place is jammed every day at lunch and most people I

            know swear by the place when it comes to Schnitzel.

            ...but yea, you should probably mention the place when you rave about it lol!

            Oh, and they have tons of the Eastern Euro sides, like cabbage rolls and other things along those lines.

          2. Glad you all want to know as these folks deserve the patronage. Too bad I couldn't get the Chow "restaurant review" features to work on 3 (attentive) attempts.

            Go to:

            Gourmet Schnitzel House
            2286 Kingston Rd, Toronto (Scarborough/Cliffside)
            www.gourmetschnitzelhouse.com

            PS: I've long been an appreciative reader of kagamusha's comments. Great minds think alike... :)

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            1. re: beach_cook

              Thanks b_c,

              A truly great schnitzel is very hard to find. Ate some amazing ones in Germany and Austria. With so few ingredients, everything must be perfectly executed, then served immediately. If it's in a hot plate, it's like pizza from the display case.

              The ones at GSH look pretty gooooood (check photo on Urbanspoon).

              1. re: PoppiYYZ

                Is a truly great schnitzel only 3mm thick? That seems like a very thin one to me.

                1. re: foodyDudey

                  It's in the classic tradition of making something spectacular out of a small amount of a costly ingredient: a thin slice of (originally) leanest veal, pounded out to enlarge & tenderize, as thinly and evenly as possible, without holes. Schnitzel comes from the word schnitt, German for "cut", and means a little scrap, or snippet. Consensus from German recipes/techniques suggests 150-200g slice of veal, pounded to 4mm.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    I never measured one but the meat itself can be quite thin (not counting coating). What they may lack in thickness, they more than make up in surface area ! The plate overhang is common and usually results in approving murmurs...

                2. re: beach_cook

                  so Chow "restaurant review" continues to thwart my 3 attempts to delete the irrelevant Stratford link!

                  Vienna Meat Products' schnitzel are good; this one was superlative. Boston lettuce or cucumber salads dressed in cream are suitable sides; certainly not cabbage rolls.