Wollzeile 38, Vienna, 1010
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- Business travellers, Couples, First-time travellers, Foodies, Singles, Celebrity spotting, Special occasions
Expert review of Plachutta
Two dishes are an undeniable part of Vienna's culinary history - one is the schnitzel, the other is the Tafelspitz (this classic Viennese dish is a cut of prime beef simmered gently for hours and served with apple and horseradish sauce). The healthier option is the latter and here, at Plachutta's, you get the real thing, served in the proper fashion too - which means it comes to the table in a copper pot, in the soup it was cooked in.
The restaurant is tremendously popular with locals and tourists alike, and even though young dynamic Mario Plachutta recently enlarged his establishment, it is often packed. Of course it's the Tafelspitz you come for, although who knows? It could be just to join the ranks of celebrities that have eaten here, like Woody Allen, Bette Midler, Tom Jones and Bill Wyman.
If you don't like beef, give this place a miss - there are other dishes but Tafelspitz is the signature dish of the house. Copper pots full of the bouillon, in which the meat has been boiled, are brought to the table – the traditional serving method. You eat the soup first and don't forget the bone marrow, spread that on brown toast. The juicy, tender delicious meat is then served with browned potatoes and, usually, cream of spinach. Creamy chive sauce and stewed apple with horseradish belong on the plate too - these two sides are to pep up the somewhat bland beef dish.
The restaurant decor is light and welcoming in shades of yellow and green. The overall impression is one of casual elegance without being at all stuffy. The only big drawback, for me, is that most tables are too close for comfort.
This team of waiters is well trained and professional but when the restaurant overflows at lunchtime expect delays. During the week, if you can, try for a late lunch at around 2pm – by then all the office-workers, lawyers and clerks have returned to their desks. Weekends are not quite as hectic. For peak-time dining, book in advance.
Almost at the end of Wollzeile very close to the Ringstrasse.
Wines are expensive as is the food - expect to pay about 35 euros per person for a meal with drinks.
More information on Plachutta:
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- Wollzeile 38, Vienna, 1010
- 01 512 15 77
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Daily 11.30am-12pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Essential at peak times