The Cape Town city bowl has gained yet another speedy lunch spot and this time it comes in the form of a chicken schnitzel bar. Merle’s, the brainchild of Yaron Wiesenbacher of Bree Street’s Hard Pressed, quietly opened last week in a black shipping container in the tree-shaded parking lot of the Aria Building on the Foreshore.
The small hatch, which boasts the tagline “Schnitz around the corner”, is inspired by Yaron’s mother Merle and her free-range chicken schnitzel recipe. The short menu features the golden crunchy schnitzel – which had also become a favourite at Hard Pressed – with a bread roll, skinny fries or three salads. These include a crunchy cabbage slaw, a broccoli and cranberry salad, and a chopped cucumber and tomato salad. Sauces to dip your fries into include ketchup, mustard and a spicy chutney-style sauce. You can also add homemade perinaise for an extra R10.
On the drinks side of things, there are soft drinks and water available but, for a bit more indulgence, you can pair your schnitzel with one of the milkshakes on offer. Think Jolly Jammer shakes made with real Jolly Jammer biscuits, Oreo milkshakes and 5 Star chocolate shakes.
Merle’s is still going through a soft launch phase, but the hatch will be open for weekday lunches and takeaways and will eventually also open for dinner.