Vienna is a city dripping with history and it’s obviously very hard to avoid the tourist trappings – sometimes you just have to roll with it. So after a day roaming around the Museum Quarter a visit to Glacis Beisl for a quick bite to eat or a cold beer is well deserved.
On this day I didn’t have much time to take in the museums but walking through the main square certainly did arouse my curiosity and it is something that I shall be back to do in the near future. I had slept in so my only mission was to get some lunch. I had heard good things about Glacis Beisl and decided to head straight there.
First off it’s not the easiest place to find but with a bit of persistence I managed to figure it out. Being winter time in Vienna the outside garden was shut but there was plenty of tables available in the gazebo with a lot of light. Racks of wine greet you as you walk in the door and after finding a table, the friendly waiter introduced himself and presented the menu. Glacis Beisl serves traditional Austrian fare and the menu was split into two sections. The seasonal specials and the main menu itself.
From the seasonal specials, the Broccoli Flan with marinated shrimp caught my eye and for the main course, well, I just had to have a Wiener Schnitzel – this was Vienna after all and i was playing tourist. Oh and of course a cold beer.
The flan itself was an uninspired dull creation. It was served chilled but must have been placed in the chiller while still quite warm as it was very watery when cut into and lacked any kind of defining flavour. The shrimp were simply freezer shrimp not really marinated in anything except cold egg flan water. All in all a very disappointing dish.
However, that was soon forgotten with the schnitzel – a perfectly, delicately fried breaded piece of thin veal. Tender and crispy and not greasy like some of the schnitzels I’ve had in the past. The salad served with it was a robust mix of potato salad, beetroot salad and mixed greens. Unlike the Broccoli Flan, this was an extremely enjoyable dish and salvaged my lunch.
So, you could easily spend a day combing through the museums here in Vienna, and when the hunger pangs start to bite, head on over to Glacis Beisl and go straight for a Schnitzel. Don’t bother with the appetizer, just have another cold unfiltered beer instead.
Museumsquartier, Zugang Breite Gasse 4
Museumsplatz 1, 1070 Wien
+43 1 526 5660