In Vienna, you can always have delicious and varied food. And that’s the main reason why cafes and restaurants around the sea put the traveler in front of a rather uneasy choice. Not surprisingly, that the term “Viennese cuisine” includes almost all of the food in Austria. Those specific dishes that you can meet in the regions are just a part of the Viennese local culture.
The world of Viennese café is a special world of like nothing on the rest of the earth, with the smell of coffee and schnitzel (do not be afraid of such a combination), and friendly to anyone who dares to stick their noses here. Of course, there is a risk: looking at the menu, you can indulge in a long time and thoughtful study it, because, in addition to traditional Austrian cuisine, you will be offered delicacies from German, Italian and Hungarian cuisines. The abundance of sausages with sauerkraut, pasta, rich stew, and more are satisfying and useful.
The process of selecting food is better to start with communicating with the waiter: it drastically improves the appetite. Viennese waiters – this is such a special breed of people who are brought up over the years from generation to generation, and are absolutely happy just because you came to their place. It seems that you are just waiting for twenty years, and now finally … Do not get surprised if you return to Vienna a few years later and giving foot to the same you see a familiar face. They are simply like siblings.
Do not be afraid to find a dog under the nearby table: it is not include in the menu. Vienna is a city of chronic dog lovers, and the animals are allowed in almost all restaurants. Dogs usually get a bowl with water and are left alone, however, doggie often behave quietly than some members of the human race. They lay themselves down quietly beside their masters – the fundamental Viennese, who is sitting at the dinner table with a cup of coffee “Melange” and reads the newspaper.
While smiling waiter finished up with the advice and leaves you alone, it’s the best time to make the proper choice and thus to get something to eat. Viennese cuisine is rich in all sorts of cakes and buns, but if you crave a full dinner, it is better not to start with them.
The most popular meat dish is surely Viennese schnitzel. Whether to order something else depends entirely on you and the size of your stomach. The fact is that the Viennese schnitzel made from pork or veal and is a huge meat pancake with the size of a child’s bicycle wheel. You’re lucky, if you will not get a huge amount of it. They usually bring potato salad, schnitzels for the kids. You can simply forget about the carbohydrate diet!
The enormous portions in German-speaking countries have been long known. So, ordering tafelspitz – another traditional dish of Viennese cuisine – arm yourself with a fork, knife and patience: here you have it going for a long time. Tafelspitz – a stew of beef fillet, served with … properly, a variety of salads and condiments from horseradish. Nourishing and tasty.
Prolonged and close proximity of Austria and Hungary led not only to the fact that some time in the world there was Austria-Hungary, but also to the interpenetration of the two kitchens. Hungarian goulash made his way across the border, as a scout, and now takes prideful spot in the menu of Viennese restaurants. Capacious word “stew” is a series of meat with varying degrees of density, liquid and roasting. In general, in Vienna, it is impossible to say “no” to cholesterol. Anyways, who cares?
Austrians are fans of meat, so that they eat it a lot, including a variety of dishes from chicken. Fish is also available, but in smaller measures. In the severe winter (and winter in Vienna is nasty, cold and windy, which, incidentally, gives the city its charm as the mulled wine poured at each corner) it is much more useful to eat meat or long Vienna sausage served with sweet mustard according to the local cooking traditions.
Having finished with the main dishes you should proceed to dessert. Here the choice is varied, especially if you sit in a cafe, where people mostly run up for the first cup of coffee and a bun. Viennese pastries – this is something fresh and airy, even in the network of bakeries like Anker and Ströck. Just point out at of the dessert dish with a strange name- you will not be disappointed for sure. However, there are things you must order in a Viennese café. One o them is the inimitable Viennese strudel.
Generally, speaking of strudel, we mean the apple. However, in nature it is its small brother, much less known but no less tasty. In Vienna, you are offered a choice of two types of strudel: Apple (Apfelstrudel) and curd (Topfenstrudel). As a toping you might order to pour some hot cream or whipped cream. By the way the cream in Vienna is mostly unsweetened.
It doesn’t make any sense to describe all the cakes and buns, typically in a café there is a showcase, which displays all the samples of sweet products, so you can proceed to go there and admire for decorating desserts, fresh fruits.
Apart from the desserts we should mention the famous cake “Sacher“. Despite the very strange name the thing is really tasty. It is being sold in specialty store “Sacher” in addition to coffee and some gifts, packed in wooden boxes, plus it’s convenient to carry as a gift to your friends.
And, finally, the burning question: what to drink. Of course, you can order tea and a connoisseur of its sip. But Vienna – a city of coffee, you simply decency required to order it. The most popular is not the famous Viennese coffee, but rather the coffee with milk – so-called “blend”.
By the way, if you order “Kaiser Melange” (mixture of coffee and egg yolk) in a network of restaurants” Rosenberger “, then you can take the cup with the image of flower home as a souvenir. You can choose any kind of coffee or chocolate mixture in the infinite number of menus.
“Maria Theresa” – coffee with orange liqueur, “Frantsiskaner” and “Kaputsiner” – coffee with a certain amount of milk match the color of monks’ robes … What an amazing mixture! Even if you are in Vienna for the fifth time, still do not have time to try everything. Here the coffee needs to be served definitely with a glass of water. Do not be afraid and look out there with a magnifying glass. The water in Vienna comes straight from the Alps on the old Roman aqueduct.
So, order coffee and dessert and enjoy: losing the track of time in the Viennese Cafe is simple. And then go out to the busy streets to enjoy the rest of your time in noisy spots.