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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville


If you ever wondered where the giant schnitzels moved to after they left the White Cockatoo Hotel, it’s here. The schnitzels at Goni's Schnitzelria are the stuff of dreams. Forget about dainty fillets you nibble at with knife and fork. These behemoths are sumo-sized. And only $22. Head down to the basement level beneath Marrickville Tavern and you’ll find schnitzel city.

Dining room at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville
The Goni's Schnitzelria dining room

Downstairs is awash with bright lights, RSL club-style seating and a couple of high stools for walk-ins. Order at the counter and they’ll deliver to your table. Self-serve cutlery, sauces and napkins are at the front. Weekends tend to be chock-full with massive group gatherings. Head over earlier in the week if you don’t want to eat with a room full of kids, otherwise a jug of sangria (their full license includes wines, beers and cider) should help.

iPhone versus schnitzel comparison at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville
The iPhone vs schnitzel comparison

There are fifteen schnitzel variations on the menu, starting with the classic parmigiana, mushroom and green peppercorn sauce. But there’s nothing sacred when it comes to the stuff they’ll put on schnitzels here. Anything goes. If you think things are starting to get a little crazy with the boscaiola and the Aussie (ham, fried eggs, beetroot and cheese), wait until you see the Mexican (beans, guacamole, melted cheese and sour cream) and the marinara (garlic prawns and fried calamari rings on top).

Seafood platter and chicken schnitzel at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville
Seafood platter $42
and chicken schnitzel with mushroom sauce $22

They do some crafty food-styling here so it looks like you’ve scored the world’s biggest chicken breast. Actually, they’ve secretly pieced together three or four chicken schnitzel breasts beneath a blanket of melted cheese. Sneaky but still impressive. If chicken’s not your style, they’ve got veal, pork and lamb. Every carnivore’s covered.

Common sense tells you that it’s best to share. Bragging rights and greed means you probably won’t, even if it does feel like you’ve inadvertently signed up to a competitive eating competition. They’ve got takeaway boxes if you fail. Most people seem to take away more than they’ve eaten.

Seafood platter at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville
Seafood platter $42

If schnitzels don’t float your boat, they’ve got burgers and steak sandwiches too. The seafood platter says it’ll feed two but there’s probably enough for four: overloaded with mussels, prawns, fried fish, calamari rings and chips.

Asado grilled marinated beef ribs at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville
Asado grilled marinated beef ribs with chorizo $19

They throw in a couple of South American dishes as well, like paella, Spanish potato omelette and a huge hunk of asado marinated beef ribs with chorizo. But really, who doesn't love a giant schnitzel?

Chicken schnitzel, seafood platter and asado beef ribs at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville
Schnitzel, seafood platter and asado beef with chorizo 

Chicken schnitzel with mushroom sauce at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville
Chicken schnitzel with mushroom sauce $22

The Schnitizel family tree at The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville

Entrance to The Goni's Schnitzelria, Marrickville

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The Goni's Schnitzelria
Ground floor, 296 Marrickville Road, Marrickville, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9560 2574

Opening hours:
Monday 11am - 9pm
Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 9.30pm
Sunday 12pm - 8pm

Bookings on weekends strongly recommended

This article appeared in the October 2014 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 10/29/2014 05:09:00 pm


  • At 10/29/2014 6:35 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    The Hungry Dad would be in hog heaven here. I don't eat meat so I reckon I'll send him along on his lonesome.

  • At 10/30/2014 8:07 am, Anonymous Bianca@forfoodssake said…

    I've never actually been but i'm curious about the quality of the schnitz...

  • At 10/30/2014 8:27 am, Anonymous john | heneedsfood said…

    Talk about meaty heaven! Those schnitzels look like perfection. And it's so white & bright down there!

  • At 10/30/2014 10:22 am, Blogger Unknown said…

    Love me a good Schnitty!! mmmm mouth watering!!

  • At 10/30/2014 12:46 pm, Anonymous Hotly Spiced said…

    I just love schnitzel but I've never been to a restaurant where that is the entire focus of the menu. What a great place to go in a big group. I love how they cater to every cuisine xx

  • At 10/30/2014 8:01 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    looks like I better skip lunch before going there. :)

  • At 10/30/2014 9:38 pm, Blogger Choc Chip Uru @ Go Bake Yourself said…

    According to my bro, a good schnitzel is the best thing ever :D
    Great photos!

    Choc Chip Uru

  • At 10/30/2014 9:46 pm, Anonymous Tania @My Kitchen Stories said…

    I only discovered this place myself 2 weeks ago. I've been meaning to go. i didnt realize they had so many other things too.

  • At 10/30/2014 10:41 pm, Blogger Felicia @ Next Stop: Food said…

    Schnitzel!!! Don't know why I still haven't been here when I live 5 min walk away! Your iPhone comparison definately shows how big their schnitzels are

  • At 10/30/2014 11:03 pm, Blogger Sherrie @ Crystal Noir said…

    Whoa those are massive schnitzels! Definitely looks bigger than hot star :P

  • At 10/31/2014 12:48 am, Anonymous Gourmet Getaways said…

    Oh wow, everything's HUGE! I'm not sure I will be able to resist the schnitzel and all...

    Gourmet Getaways

  • At 10/31/2014 9:03 am, Blogger Jacq said…

    those servings are massive!! tempted to take up the challenge of eating a whole schnitzel by myself lol

  • At 11/01/2014 8:47 pm, Blogger Maddie Loves Food said…

    I am in awe at the sheer size of the single serving of schnitzel, this is great value for money! And 15 different varieties! :o
    I've never known of this place before so thank you for sharing it with us; I can't wait to try it for myself!

  • At 11/02/2014 9:36 am, Anonymous Martine @ Chompchomp said…

    I am in awe at the size of these meals! There is no way you would get that sort of value here in Perth.

  • At 11/02/2014 4:58 pm, Anonymous Alana said…

    I was about to mention the RSL vibe based on your photos but you beat me to it... my god, this place looks like bizarre heaven on earth.

  • At 11/03/2014 1:20 am, Anonymous Padaek said…

    Thank you for showing me schnitzel paradise! I do enjoy a good just out of the fryer schnitzel and you're right - these truly are Huge and look delicious! Wow! The seafood platter looks excellent also. Will keep this in mind for when we're in the neighbourhood next time. Thanks for the great find! :D

  • At 11/04/2014 7:55 pm, Blogger Sarah said…

    That looks like a fun place to eat! I'd struggle to choose between the schnitzel and the fried calamari!

    xox Sarah

  • At 11/05/2014 1:20 pm, Blogger Unknown said…

    Next meaty cravings are sorted! Gotta love an epic platter and yes, though my eyes are actually bigger than my belly (at the moment ;)

    I reckon I could still give it a crack!

  • At 11/06/2014 10:30 pm, Anonymous Sara | Belly Rumbles said…

    I am so not telling Josh about this place :)

  • At 11/07/2014 10:09 pm, Blogger irene said…

    I'll have to bring a whole village in order to finish the schnitzel here!


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