That local food contribute almost 50% to the overall experience in any new country / place is our firm belief. And so, like always, we dug up some of the best restaurants in all the cities we visited on our Austrian holiday. Figlmüeller, in Vienna, was one of them and we were definitely not disappointed.
One of the top 5 in Vienna, famous for its Schnitzels since 1905, Figlmüeller is extremely sought after. Their first restaurant, Figlmüeller Wollzeile, right behind St. Stephen’s Cathedral is one of the most iconic eateries in Vienna, drawing scores of visitors from across the globe. We reached there a little late, post our tour of the Schonnbrunn Palace — no reservation, and not surprisingly, were right behind a long queue. The hostess was kind enough to share that they were fully booked thanks to an AC DC concert happening in the city and suggested that we should go to, Figlmüeller Bäckerstraße, some 100m away. We did that, and found it very spacious and were lucky too to get a table!
Typical Austrian decor, tables placed closely in the small rooms, staff running in and out, we requested for their house specialties and were offered Wiener Schnitzel, the Viennese Boiled Beef, some salad and Wiener Gold Fassl Pils for beer. The Schnitzel was brilliant, big serving – perfectly cooked with succulent meat inside. Perfect with a dash of lemon and the salad. The Boiled Beef was a revelation — how a simple beef broth, served with browned potatoes, chive sauce & apple horseradish could be so tasty. Served in a lovely pot, the beef was melt in the mouth variety and went so well with the potatoes. Looks small, but the serving was very heavy and our 8 yr-old absolutely loved it.
We couldn’t go away without eating deserts could we? Not to experiment, we chose the only item left in the house specialty – the brilliant Kaiserschmarrn with stewed plums. It was heavenly
Figlmüeller is a must-eat at when in Vienna!
P.S: For a complete Austria itinerary and tour details, read — A Perfect Summer Holiday in Austria