Food and drink
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.
- Business travellers
- First-time travellers
- Celebrity spotting
- Special occasions