Monday, 1 March 2010

Oh, Tafelspitz!


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One of Traveller's most memorable culinary experiences whilst in Vienna was in a traditional restaurant called Plachutta. Ewald Plachutta is somewhat of a celebrity chef in Vienna; an Austrian Gordon Ramsay if you will. His restaurants are all about fresh ingredients, happy cows and traditional cooking.

Husband and T had to partake in the most traditional meal on offer which was Tafelspitz. Cool name, right? Just looking at it makes you want to say it aloud.

Tafelspitz entails a few little dishes which the waiters prepare for you in front of your very eyes; it is basically a boiled beef dish with lots of yummies on the side.

To begin, we had pancake soup which was delicious. The soup was what the beef was boiled in so it was very tasty. Then, to T's initial shock, we had bone marrow on little toasts - now just the thought {let alone the look} of bone marrow makes T a little squeamish but it wasn't too bad. Just like lard on toast, really. Getting hungry?

After the bone marrow, it was time for the steak which was paired with spinach and potato rosti.... yum! The beef was deliciously tender and T is always a huge fan of rosti.
Following this we all opted for dessert; T had a caramel ice-cream sundae, husband had a curd-cake and husband's dad completely won with his traditional Austrian dessert of half-curd and half-chocolate mousse with a gooseberry on top.

It was indescribably delicious!

All in all, a must do if you ever find yourself in Vienna.
{which you should definitely try to do - because it is just beautiful!}

3 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I love Husband's face! It looks like quite a production.

xoxoKrysten said...

Lol, looks like a yummy AND entertaining meal!

Melly Mel said...

My mouth was watering when I was done reading it all. So amazing. It looks so good!!! I hope to find my self in Vienna someday soon!

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