Food and drink
In the deli try one or more of the freshly prepared savoury sandwiches: tasty spreads on black or white bread including red cabbage and tuna, black pudding and sauerkraut or herring with apple and onion – best washed down with a classic dry fruity Grüner Veltliner.
In the restaurant it's refined dining in elegant surroundings. Choose between the three- or four-course menu and the a la carte.
For starters try the hand-sliced ham – the best in town – served with freshly grated horseradish, dark home-baked bread and butter. This is the signature dish of the house and one of the reasons I go there. My favourite sweet is the variation of apricot desserts on one plate: apricot pancake, apricot cream mousse and apricot dumplings with a little vanilla ice cream on the side. With 100s of wines in the cellar you might want some help in choosing the perfect one to go with your meal.
An informal and convivial atmosphere is what to expect in the deli – it gets very busy at times, being hugely popular with the locals. Whereas in the restaurant you'll find starched napkins, best tableware, sparkling crystal and a relaxed, dignified set-up.
Mâitre d Johann Georg Gensbichler is probably the best dressed man around. He sports the most outrageous moustache and wears a different coloured waistcoat and cravat every day. He even has his own website and is well known in Austria. For wine and cheese expertise he's the man to ask.
Very central, just around the corner from the main pedestrian thoroughfares Graben and Kohlmarkt.
In the deli, two small sandwiches and a glass of white wine will set you back about 10 euros.
In the restaurant, starters are 6-11 euros, main courses between 12 euros and 25 euros and desserts are 5-9 euros. Three- and four-course menus including wine cost between 65 and 95 euros.
Tables to book
Seating in the deli is limited, most people stand at the bar. Recently a new terrace opened on the pavement giving deli customers somewhere to sit – weather permitting, take a seat outside.
Try for one of the romantic alcoves in the restaurant – booking well in advance helps.
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