Wiener Kaffeehaus is a great place to hang out on a lazy weekend afternoon and chill with a good book or with friends. The atmosphere is cool, spacious and airy, and the service is generally good.
I'm not much of a coffee drinker (decaf wimp, you see) but I appreciated how the mocha came with syrup on the side, so you could make it as sweet as you liked (as opposed to most other places, where mochas are generally served pretty sweet).
The schnitzel was certainly huge, although if you opted for a side serving of salad in hopes of a healthier portion, you'd have been disappointed because the salad is basically a potato and cucumber salad with lots of (albeit tasty) dressing sparingly sandwiched by some fresh greens. The schnitzel itself tasted fine to me, but hey, in my book it's hard to go wrong with a large deep fried slice of meat.
The sachertorte was disappointing. Admittedly, I ordered it to go and ate it several hours later. But it was rather dry and didn't have much of an apricot filling.
In general, I'd definitely come back if I was in the area and sneak into for a while, but don't expect a life-changing food experience.
As you enter, you are greeted with all things Austrian - street lamps, antique chairs with marble topped tables, including reproductions of Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt's on the walls.
You must tried the Wiener Schnitzel - chicken or pork covered in crumbs - we had the pork version and it was probably the most outstanding of the four items that we ordered.
The farmer's platter offered a selection of sausage, smoked meats and sauerkraut - good value to sample the variety.
The meat loaf was delicious with creamed spinach and potato rostti.
The gulasch was filling with the bread dumpling and two large pieces of tender beef.
We only wished that the bread in the bread basket was a tad warmer although it was freshly toasted.
The aroma from the roastery fills the place - if eating needs to be accompanied with sweet aroma - this is it, definitely appetite enhancing.
The coffee menus come with clear explanation of why coffee is beneficial to your health - coffee lovers have found their apologist.
And the best part, your cup of coffee is served on its own platter with your personal jug of warm and frothy milk and a glass of water to clean the palate.
Sachertorte - oodles of chocolate. It comes with a dollop of cream so for those on diet, asking it to be served without might help reduce some calories.
Our guests who had the strudel, gave it an A*. Having had meals cooked by Austrian friends - she agreed that this was definitely the real thing and it was not too sweet.
There is also a good wine list although we did not have any.
First restaurant I have been with free wireless internet access!
The menu comes with clear explanation of the food, coffee and dessert in English and Japanese.
Close friends of the owners have also made it to the honour roll - the viennese roast is named after the charge d'affaires of the Austrian Embassy in Singapore. A coffee has been named after an accomplished musician based in Singapore.
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