Saturday, April 12, 2008

Vienna: Gaumenspiel Restaurant

One of our favorite restaurants in Vienna is Gaumenspiel on Zieglergasse in the 7th District. We had been staying away for a while because of the smoke, but they have recently gone smoke-free, so we went back - and it's still fantastic.

They have menus, but you can mix and match as well as order ala carte ... the choices are difficult. We both ordered four-course menus. I started with a Styrian beef salad (top photo) and Christa had a salad with seibling (a fish).

We both had the artichoke ravioli. It was really fresh and tart, the pasta cooked just right.

For main courses we had lamb cooked two ways, a simple filet and a braised lamb on a combination mashed potato - wild mushroom puree: out of this world! I had a nice glass of curvee wine (Pinot Noir and Zweigelt) that went perfectly with the lamb.

For dessert, I had a lemon tart with lavender ice cream (!!!) and Christa had a chocolate cake with nougat ice cream (one of our dinner companions ordered two, well actually three - his wife took his first one - of the chocolate dessert).

Gaumenspiel has a great assortment of Austrian wines and the staff know them. They also serve my favorite Austrian beer: Trummer Pils. We each had a beer and a glass of wine and spent 110 Euros. They also have a midday lunch menu including soup and a little dessert for somewhere around 10 EUR ... it's worth the trip.

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