Payneham Tavern

319 Payneham Road, Royston Park
www.ourhotels.com.au/paynehamtavern

Ben

The Order

Beef schnitzel with mushroom sauce.
Price: $9.90 including sauce (Mon-Tue special)

The Review

The Payneham Tavern is quite close to our office and we always drive past it and their big schnitzel banner on Payneham Road so we decided to give it a try since we were in a bit of a rush today. The service was good and we ordered quickly without a fuss and took our table.

The Payneham Tevern offers a modest salad bar with some sliced bread available. There were roast vegetables as well as a variety of salads available, and everything appeared quite fresh and well presented.

Our meals arrived in 8 minutes which was great because we didn't want to spend a whole lot of time at lunch. The meal did not come with any greenery but with the salad bar available this was not an issue. The chips looked nice but a few were a little bit soggy towards the bottom. I might try order my chips on the side next week to not have to pull them all out before I can cut the schnitzel!

The schnitzel itself looked nice, it had a rich colour and the mushroom sauce looked good with visible portions of mushroom present. The meat on its own tasted nice, and the sauce worked well with it but there was nothing special to write about here. A decent effort and a good cheap lunch if you are in a rush on a Monday or Tuesday.

Beef schnitzel with mushroom sauce

The Scores

Service 8
Speed (8 mins) 8
Salad bar 6
Wenches 5
Ambience 6
Schnitzel 12
Average 6.43

Simon

Chicken schnitzel with pepper sauce

The Scores

Service 8
Speed (8 mins) 8
Salad bar 6
Wenches 6
Ambience 6.5
Schnitzel 12
Average 6.64

The Order

Chicken schnitzel with pepper sauce
Price: $9.90 with sauce included (special), $3.00 for a pint of coke.

The Review

We chose the Payneham Tavern today because it was a schnitzel special day and we were tired of paying over $20 for a mediocre schnitzel. So we couldn’t resist the schnitzel special for $9.90 including sauce.

Walking into the quiet suburban pub, it felt a bit dated to me. Like walking back into the 90's. In saying that it wasn’t a bad thing really, it felt cosy. There were mostly seniors enjoying their lunch, but this is a trend we have noticed with the suburban pubs. The waitress who took our order was friendly and polite which made me happy. I felt welcome there.

There was a salad and veggie bar so upon finding a table we went to check it out. Half of it was 'closed' but the other half had a selection of standard veggies and salads. The only green salad was a cucumber/onion/capsicum type salad and no lettuce which was surprising. The salads were ok, but not great. There was sliced bread at the salad bar as well which was a positive.

The meal came and I felt slightly disappointed by the appearance of the meal. It just looked strange to me. Usually chicken schnitzel has a orange colour crumb to it, but this was a darker brown colour, looking more like a beef schnitzel. Biting into it the crumbs seemed strange. Not sure what it was, maybe they have been in preservatives or something, but the crumbs didn’t seem natural. The taste was mediocre. I thought it was a bit tasteless and watery really so I didn’t manage to finish the schnitzel.

So in the end we didn’t pay over $20 for a mediocre schnitzel, we paid $10 for a mediocre schnitzel.

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