Wiener Schnitzel in Wien


I was in Vienna last week with work, a perfect opportunity to have schnitzel as it should be done. I ended up in the restaurant of the Hotel Kaiserin Elisabeth, as it was fairly informal and not packed with tourists.

I chose veal schnitzel, as I understand that is the traditional recipe rather than chicken or pork. The first thing I noticed was how thin it was, compared to the chunky schnitzels I have eaten in Germany. The taste was also far better than anything I have had before, with crisp breadcrumbs and the veal almost melting in the mouth. It came with a slice of lemon, and a salad rather than chips.

On the way back to the hotel I called in at the Hotel Sacher, best known for its chocolate cake “Sachertorte”. I gave the cake a miss as I was fairly full, but could manage a small Ottakringer pilsener which is brewed locally in Vienna.