I’ve been coming to Coopers Alehouse for many years, right back to when it was called the Earl of Aberdeen. I had heard many reports about their huge schnitzels and I was keen to check it out.
As usual, I ordered the Chicken Parmi. The meal came out 20 minutes after ordering and was nicely presented. The schnitzel was huge! The only other place that makes schnitzels this big is the Earl of Leicester. The schnitzel was nice and thick, and the diameter was almost a perfect fit for the large plate. Impressive!
The chicken was perfectly cooked. It was tender and succulent, and the fact that they cook a schnitzel of that size and thickness so well, is a true testament to their skills. The Napoletana sauce was rich in texture and had appropriate coverage over the schnitzel. The mozzarella topping was generous although I felt the chicken could have spent a bit more time browning under the grill.
The chips were sufficiently fried and well salted. They were nice and crunchy on the outside, and soft and fluffy on the inside. The chips were being suffocated by the huge weight of the schnitzel, but that’s not necesarily a bad thing. The schnitzel was so large, you really couldn’t see anything else on the plate.
I felt the price point was on par with other more established pubs. Some might says its a bit expensive but you do get large servings, so that makes up for it. The atmosphere was relaxed and the service was pretty good. Definitely one of the better pubs on the eastern side of the city!
WHERE: 316 Pulteney St, Adelaide