On an evening in which Torontonians experienced it’s first snowfall, I was invited to the grand opening of this restaurant called “Schnitzel Hub”. Schnitzel Hub has been very well-known and successful as it opened up its first location in the Vaughn region. With its success, they have decided to open up a second one, which is located at Yonge and St. Clair (1415 Yonge Street).
To be honest, most restaurants grand openings that I got invited to were mostly located in the heart of the downtown core but when I saw the media preview that they make their own in-house infused organic vodka, I decided to put in the effort to make a visit. Whenever I think of Schnitzel, I would think the restaurant is a pub inspired with 2×4 wood everywhere, more like an ordinary, typical pub style. Well…the moment I arrived, I was super dead wrong! The outside store front illuminated the street, it immediately gave me a vibe that this restaurant isn’t your typical schnitzel pub place. It looks chic, modern and classy, even just by looking from outside.
|Chic, Modern & Classy Bar area and dining area|
Moment I walked into the entrance, I was greeted by a friendly hostess who guided me to a section that has a “living room” feel all over it. There were 4 comfy sofas, with a nice wooden coffee table, surrounded by comfy pillows and a nice chandelier. It felt like home. The owner introduced herself and offered me two organic in-house infused vodka. One of them is a “MoVernie Must Try”, it’s the “Horseradish” vodka. It has a strong kick aroma and a very interesting flavor, it woke me up instantly, given me that instant jolt of energy and most importantly, keeping me super warm in a cold evening.
|Media Preview Dinner with my own name tag (nice gesture)|
A group of us got seated in a long sitting area with nice tables and comfy chairs. The decoration on the table was beautifully crafted and coordinated with nice table cloth. As I looked around and glanced, it’s a very relax, modern and chic restaurant. It had a low dim lightning atmosphere, a balance quiet with laughter among different table. It’s a perfect place to bring a date or a friends gathering. There was a long bar area, showcasing its various flavors of in-house organic infused vodka. Lots of nice tree trunks, tree leaves and nature inspired theme in this restaurant.
|Just one of many flavors of in-house, organic infused vodka|
The Media Dinner began with a glass of champagne and pierogies. The pierogies were delicious as it was nice and hot in temperature the moment it arrived. Trust me, I hate cold food, so these piergoies were top notch. The plating presentation was awesome as well. The glass of champagne complemented perfectly with the pierogies.
Then came the Beet and Butternut Squash Salad, it’s healthy but also refreshing. It really was a great dish of mixed greens and the dressing was amazing. Did I mention the proportion of the meal was generous? I didn’t feel starving at all throughout this entire food experience (trust me, there had been times where I go to the grand opening of some restaurants that I would need to stock up when I get home, not this time, Schnitzel Hub made reasonable proportions).
|Beet and Butternut Squash Salad|
After that, they served us more in-house organic infused vodka. This time, I tried the lingon berry and pineapple vodka. Each one of them gave different fresh flavor. More importantly, many places, they just presented you with the shot glass. Not at Schnitzel Hub, they presented each vodka on a beautifully crafted tree trunk. I love the plating presentation and it also gave it a nature feel to it. I love it, it’s a total package and presentation. That’s for sure!
|More organic infused vodka tasting|
The third item was the Goulash. It’s a beautiful hot vegetable soup, I love my soup in high temperature so I appreciated the hot steam came right out of the soup. Lots of fresh ingredients, it’s a very healthy and tasty soup. I went to St. Petersburg this past June, tried a few Bosch over there, maybe I hit the wrong spot but the Bosch couldn’t match the deliciousness of this Goulash.
After all the appetizers, it’s time to hit the biggie. First came the Oktoberfest Sausage Board. It consisted of cheese sausage and a meat sausage. In particular, I really enjoyed the cheese sausage. It was juicy and fresh. Good texture when chewing and the moment when you carved through the sausage, the cheese slowly flows out, that was amazing!
|Oktoberfest Sausage Board|
At this point, we were offered to try the German draft beer. I love beer and in particular I love German beer, hence I love Oktoberfest, LOL. This beer tasted full-bodies with a mild taste, perfect for the meal served here at Schnitzel Hub.
|German Draft Beer|
At this moment, honestly, my stomach began to feel kind of full but that’s not going to stop me from trying delicious food. In my motto, “Don’t Waste Good Food”. So, I soldiered on. Then came the main star of the night. It’s the schnitzel with trio of salad. I got to choose between veal, chicken or eggplant. I enjoyed my chicken schnitzel. You know many places, they over battered the meat and most often, all you can taste were the battered powder and it took away the main ingredient. Not at Schnitzel Hub, the thin batter was evident, the meat was thin slice that was golden in colour. It looked beautiful and you could tell the chef used top notch cooking oil and not some re-used oil that turned dark. A lot of restaurants chef don’t understand the importance of using clean cooking oil, you don’t want to ruin a nice piece of meat with bad cooking oil. Back to the schnitzel, it was crispy, nicely battered, the moment I took a bite, I couldn’t stop, it’s nice and hot in temperature, I didn’t feel any oily on my lips which could be typical in other schnitzel places. The special sauce on top of the schnitzel was delicious. May I suggest you finish up the trio of salad (cucumbers, potato & red cabbage)? They were perfectly complemented with the crispy schnitzel. In particular, I love the cucumber salad. It’s so fresh and organic.
|Chicken Schnitzel with nice signature sauce on top|
|Trio Salad (left to right: cucumbers, potato & red cabbage)|
Finishing off the meal, we were served with sour cherry pierogies. I am usually not a fan of dessert (I know, weird guy), but when I tried the first one, I couldn’t stop, I ate a few more. The sprinkled of the cinnamon on top of the cherry pierogies gave it an attractive aroma. Then, the cherry filling comes out, it was tasty. Dessert never taste the same without a specialty coffee. The Amerciano was bold, just the way I like it.
|Sour Berry Pierogies|
Special thank you to DuetPR for the lovely exclusive invitation. Also special thank you to the owners at Schnitzel Hub. The food were super delicious. The in-house organic infused vodka were interesting, unique flavors and very original. It’s definitely a niche and a good selling point for me to revisit this restaurant again.
There are tons of new restaurant in the heart of the downtown core, so it’s nice to see new restaurants are out of the core in places such as the Yonge & St. Clair area. It’s very close to the downtown core and also close to uptown, it’s a great meeting point for friends and family who live in both sides of the city. It is also located close to the subway station. During that cold snowing evening, I took the subway and it was super convenient and it was located just 1 block south from St. Clair station.
I would highly recommend my audience and followers to check this place out,whether it’s for dinner or just a few drinks of its organic infused vodka. By the way, my favourite spot in the entire restaurant? The “Living Room” area, it feels like “Home Sweet Home” with the comfy sofa, amazing wooden coffee table. Sipping a few vodka made me feel very warm.
Until next time, MoVernie is outta here! Peace!
Schnitzel Hub on Yonge & St. Clair
1415 Yonge Street
Toronto, M4T 1Y7
|My favourite section of the entire restaurant, the cozy, comfy, warm “Home Sweet Home” living room!|