Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Cafe Vienna

Oozing with oodles of old-world charm, Cafe Vienna offers all the allure of Austrian cuisine in the most unlikely of locations _ next to Tower Records at Lot 10.

Kaese spaetzle _ soft egg noodles with Gruyere cheese, sauteed onions, turkey ham, mushrooms & parsley. Pleasantly aromatic, with a herbal scent to balance the savory creaminess of the cheese. Gobble it while it's hot, since it gets soggy after 10 minutes.

Tafelspitz. Simmered beef brisket, with boiled potatoes, carrots & broccoli. Not the juiciest cut, but the horseradish cream gave it a nice, nippy kick, with a rustic feel that made it seem like the closest we'll get to Austrian cooking in KL for now.

Wiener Schnitzel. A hearty veal cutlet, ideal for satisfying masculine appetites. Impeccably made, with tender meat nicely coated in breadcrumbs and fried without an overdose of oil.

Stricken by a sudden obsession for all things saccharine, we demanded no less than six different desserts, kicking off with the Salzburger Nockerl, a sugar-dusted souffle with chocolate sauce. Not as light or airy as we had expected, but that's a minor quibble, especially since the desserts here only cost between 12 and 18 ringgit.

Germknoedel, a bun-shaped, steamed yeast dumpling stuffed with plum jelly & topped with melted butter & poppy seeds. Recommended for fans of fruity flavors, but beware: it's surprisingly filling, with a heavy, doughy texture.

Topfenpalatschinken. A complicated name for a fairly complex recipe _ baked pancakes filled to bursting with creamy custard, ricotta cheese & lemon. Mild-tasting, but in a positive sense, without any sharpness from the cheese or sour foulness from the lemon.

Satisfyingly crisp apple strudel. One of Julie Andrews' favorite things, as immortalized in song. Strangely, I haven't met anyone else so far who insists this is their most beloved dessert.

Sachertorte. Moist, decadently rich chocolate sponge cake, with a thin but luscious filling of apricot jam in the middle, served with whipped cream.

Kaiserschmarrn. Shredded caramelized pancakes with apple & plum sauce. Slightly stodgy and a little less fluffy than promised, but still a sweet treat. For better or worse though, this is somewhat similar to what Paddington House of Pancakes provides.

No place is perfect, of course. Cafe Vienna's fatal flaw _ an accursed corkage charge of RM70. Naturally, we were forced to opt for the outlet's Chilean Cono Sur Merlot instead.


Cafe Vienna,
2nd Floor, Lot 10.
Tel: 03-2141-7858
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32 comments:

  1. Desserts overload! I thought my sister is the only one who would eat desserts like this!!

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  2. dessert overdose!

    never thought much of this place..certainly always looks dead..

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  3. Oh my. SIX desserts? You gluttons. :P
    Haha....

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  4. you pig! i bet you are HUGE now.. uh-huh:P

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  5. Käsespätzle!! It's my fave Austro-Bavarian dish ever. Used to eat it nearly every day for dinner in Munich when my friends would allow me to get away with it. Germanic yumminess in every mouthful, I tell you! :D

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  6. i can bet that u either wrote the dessert names somewhere or you took picture of the menu. NO WAY u can remember the complicated names by look. hehehe... wow 6 desserts huh, now im liking u even more. hahaha (not a declaration of love kind of way) =D

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  7. Wow...desserts to the max! and such unpronounciable names too ;-)

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  8. michelle: heh, i don't really have a sweet tooth, but all these desserts sounded too good to resist! :D
    joe: yeah, it seems to be 90 percent empty on weekday evenings ... but still worth checking out! especially if u want a calm, peaceful place :D
    j: there were actually another three or four more desserts which also seriously tempted me! :D
    ciki: did u say 'pig' ... are u still fantasizing about the roast pork at ad hog? :D
    lfb: home-made ones? that's a lotta carbs and cream to be wolfing down at night! but i guess it helps warm the body for those long, cold winter nights ... though i'm sure there've been yummier german things that u've had in your mouth. ahem :P
    augustdiners: heheh, i bet i still misspelled a few of the dessert names though! but awwwwww, i like u too, okie. mutual affection :D
    pureglutton: ya, i mispronounced everything while ordering! thankfully, the service crew is trained to pronounce all the names correctly :D

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  9. Not home-made ones lah. We just ate it at the nearest pub (yes! pubs!) or restaurant.

    Darn, I miss Munich... Did you go to Germany during your recent trip? I recall not, but unsure.

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  10. lfb: ahh, the version at this lot 10 restaurant seemed decent ... so if u get a strong hankering for käsespätzle, u can go see if it passes muster (in fact, the dinner here was the one that u were semi-invited to!).
    nein, ich habe es nicht geschafft, deutschland zu besuchen. aber ich will, irgendwann!!!

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  11. Semi-invited? That is like, what? Only half of me was invited? (I shudder to ask which half..)

    Hahaha, which online translator did you use to come up with that? :P

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  12. lfb: your better half? wait, that would mean that ck had been invited. which wasn't the case here, i think :D
    isn't google wonderful. all our needs (and more) fulfilled (and i'm betting the translation was spot-on) :P

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  13. Damn. I just walked right into that one, didn't I? :P

    I love Google too, and let's just say, yeah I got what you meant, mein Freund. :)

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  14. lfb: wow, u picked up (and retained) a lot of words, huh ... the only ones i recognized were 'nein' and 'deutschland' (though in hindsight, i should have known 'ich' already, but i didn't)...

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  15. "Ich"? Are you sure you don't mean "itchy"? I'm almost certain you'd be more familar with that word instead. :P

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  16. lfb: but whatever do u mean? u're gonna make people, ahem, crabby with all these unfathomable innuendoes :P

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  17. Dude, we are cross-commenting on so many posts on both our blogs, can you blame me for losing track of meaning and fathomableness? :P

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  18. lfb: 'comment fatigue,' it's called, and it's quite a serious ailment. better check if your medical insurance covers it :D

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  19. Probably not. O woe is me!

    P.S. Does your medical insurance cover it? I might need to switch, if so. LOL

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  20. Hhaha.. had quite a gd dinner there recently at YES YTL launch.
    Yea.. seems authentic enough. I dont mind a revisit. Thk god u didnt offer the tiramisu *shudders*

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  21. The food does look like something unique. and the best part was I can't even pronounce any of those names!

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    1. You are not familiar with European cuisine i'm sure!!

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  22. lfb: my excellent medical insurance covers all manner of blog-related ailments, including concussions caused by fainting over unexpected comments :D
    tng: heheh, don't remember seeing any tiramisu on the menu here! but yeah, it's definitely a worth a visit. too bad the mall is quite quiet inside, so business seems kinda slow...
    eiling: yeah, the names are real tongue-twisters! if only we had an austrian speaker to explain them to us! :D

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  23. no.. but when are we going out for a meal:)

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  24. ciki: soon ... very, very, very soon! (i hope) :D

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  25. After a couple of visits, i felt sure the fare was about average altho the decor ambience was 'authentic'. Somehow the Bosnia owner haven't the work culture like Austrians. Nyah I doubt Cafe Vienna @ Lot10 will make it through 2011. Bring back Societe?

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    1. correction: not a Bosnian but an Austrian gentlemen.

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  26. anton: ya, i wasn't quite a fan of societe either though. wonder whether there's something amiss with the feng shui here, heh

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    1. YTL folks are Christians - doubt they would dab in fengshui ha ha... but seriously tho i think Lot10 had a positioning problem since PavilionKL came up altho i must say that Lot10 HUTONG IS A FANTASTIC RE-DO OF THE PREVIOUS FOOD COURT - SOMEHOW YOU NEED TO HAVE PORK DISHES TO ATTRACT THE CHINESE - halal chicken char siew?? U godda be kiddin man!!!

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    2. Societe formerly @ Lot10 serves up great mamak mee goreng, cantonese fried beef (superb quality) with hor fun in a delightful Parisienne cafe restaurant; don't know if the Societe @ Starhill (Relish Flr) is better or not!!

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  27. They moved to Pearl Point Hotel Old Klang Road - now with a BeerGarden that serves non-halal dishes while the cafe serves HALAL food - and there is also a German pub to boot - better crowd, CHEAPER than it was at Lot10.

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  28. Can anyone tell me where did that Hong Kong Noodle House is? You know that restaurant that occupied the corner spot of Sg Wang entrance? now occupied by another Wat-d-heck-son!!!

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