Value for money: 10/10
Quality of food: 10/10
It’s not in Taipei, sorry. This place in Vienna, Austria, is definitely worth making the trip to if you ever find yourself lucky to be in this area.
As soon as we walked in, we were struck by the white blazers worn by the waiters and servers – definitely a cool touch!
New on the scene in 2015, Skopik and Lohn (the name) is a combination of its founders, serving up traditionally Austrian dishes with a modern edge.
Unfortunately (for you, not us at the time), the light doesn’t lend itself well for pictures. So, I apologise for any dark pics.
A nice little touch was a candle in a paper bag. The way the flame dances inside the paper bag mesmerised me constantly throughout the course of the meal.
– The menu –
Just what I like – a small menu with a great variety.
We started off with some bread: a mix of sourdough and also a type of pumpernickel, both of which were delicious.
Black pudding with potato cream and red cabbage salad
Black pudding is such a weakness of mine. Any time I see it, I get it. Here, I saw it, and I wasn’t disappointed. The black pudding was crispy on the outside and still slightly red and soft on the inside.
For any that don’t know – Black pudding is essentially a type of blood sausage made from pork blood and fat.
Red beet soup with roasted apples and daikon
Sweet, earthy and fresh flavours fill this bowl of soup. The soup was hearty and hit the spot.Braised lamb with white bean puree and savoy cabbage
Well, this was my first white bean puree. I don’t know if I was much a fan of it by itself, however, together with the lamb it works perfectly.
The lamb was quite clearly braised for a long time as it fell apart even when I looked at it. The gravy was rich and thick and the cabbage was braised perfectly. A flawless dish.
Wiener Schnitzel with potato and cucumber salad
The side dishes of potato salad and cucumber salad were both brilliant and we thought about asking for a refill on both bowls, alas, we didn’t…
I also struggle to find flaws in this dish, too. The schnitzel was HUGE, which got my alarm bells going when it arrived. As, in Berlin, we had a terrible experience with a disgustingly thick, poster sized schnitzel that was impossible to eat.
This, however, did not fit that bill.
Paper thin, flavour in bucket loads and crispy batter. It is, hands down, the best schnitzel I have had.
Chocolate tart with salted caramel and black sesame ice cream
Warm dark chocolate tart gives way to crunchy biscuit scattered on the plate, and a healthy dollop of delicious sesame ice cream.
This was the best meal we had in our 2 day (admittedly, a short time, yet still our pick of the bunch) stay in Vienna, Austria. Shortlist it for when you’re there and I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
17 Leopoldsgasse, 1020, Vienna, Austria