Posted on 12 / 23 / 2012
This place was a bit awkward to find from the map supplied as the marker is slightly misplaced. It is actually on the road between the Judenplatz and the Am Hof, on the Drahlgasse.
When we finally found this place, we took a look at the menu and all seemed good, so we decided to go in. The waiter (I think also one of the owners) greeted us quite nicely. He chatted with us quite a bit and made us feel quite welcome.
We went through the menu and decided to finally go for a meal for two. I can't remember the name. First we were served the so-called salad for two. Was probably the worst and smallest salad I have ever eaten. Wouldn't even feed a rabbit. Was this an indication as to what was to come?
The main course was actually quite tasty. However, one thing I have noticed about Austria is that they like to serve things on over-sized plates to give the illussion that they are giving you more than you are actually getting. Our serving dish was basically divided in three small section, each with something different. In one section there was a few small roast potato pieces. In another section was a few roasted veggies. And, in the middle section was the meat-like veggie proteins. However, all were tiny, almost mean, proportions. They wouldn't even feed one. Just because I am a veggie, it doesn't mean I don't like my food!! There was nothing special about the taste of it. However, the sauce was quite nice. We also had one beer each.
This basic meal came to a whopping €60+ and the waiter actually had the nerve to tell us that this did not include the 'service charge'. There is no such thing as a 'service charge' anywhere in Europe. Austria, like Ireland, Spain, and the rest of Europe, rarely leave tips but when they do they just leave a few coins. Even my Austrian friends told me that. The reason we go to restuarants and over-pay for food is because we are already paying for it to be cooked for us, served to us and our plates cleaned!!! When we refused to pay this huge service charge (as it was not even indicated on the menu anyway!!!), the waiter/owner had a sudden change of personality and started to shout abuse at us from across the restuarant in front of the other customers. What a pleasant way to run a restuarant!!
Extortionate prices, Huge so-called 'service charge', Tiny proportions