World cup soccer drawn to a close, why not keep the winning momentum going? Full of heart and national pride, celebrating all-things Deutschland is welcome and year-round at one particular destination – SCHNITZELand.
Conveniently located in Thornhill, Toronto, this corner eatery satisfies both dine-in/take-out patrons eager to champion a sought-after taste of Bavaria. Specializing in Eastern European food, ‘overtime’ is graciously offered to leisurely review the abundant list of hearty selects. Between traditional appetizers, dinners, desserts and – ‘ja’ – even lager, be prepared to keep your eyes on more than one prized option. Offering plenty – in variety – the ongoing dilemma of indecision persists. Which one to choose, schnitzel or spaetzle?
Hungry for a taste of victory, questions are finally settled with the only feasible request – order’s up, for both! Typically bread-coated, I forgo any crumbed masking and pleasantly sample Holstein Schnitzel – made, my way – in its purest form. Appeasing to my palate, I am presented with a plate of simplicity – chicken schnitzel that is clean, lean, lightly seasoned, and sufficiently grilled to succulent perfection. Reminiscent of Persian ‘shirazi’, this meal is also paired with a refreshing side of Israeli salad – cubed cucumber and tomatoes – and, served with a generous helping of crispy bacon-embedded saurkraut. Already bright in taste, things look far more attractive – to a protein-lover – with a complement topping of one sunny-side egg and cured anchovies. Notably, in this case, it doesn’t take a genius to concur that ‘e’ equates to – more than – ‘enough’ fare, fulfilling one’s hunger.
Über peckish, still? Larger than life – spirited – friends, fear not! If you can stomach more – delicious – but, have yet to reach your ‘wall’ and are left wanting more, this place doesn’t refer itself as “SCHNITZEL-and” for no reason. Upon demand – and extra cost – you can easily “double-up” portions of ‘tenderized popularity’ or opt for additional plates of flavourful classics: bratwust sausages, goulash, sweet or savoury perogies, and dumpling-like spaetzle laden with gravy. Clearly dynamic, the heroic lineup of appetizing dishes are befitting of one Germanic ‘happy meal.’ Needless to say, anytime man engineers edible triumph – winning over appetites – well, ‘das gut!’
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