Saturday, April 01, 2017

Vienna's Zum Schwarzen Kameel keels over a bit after many years (3-21-17)

Will insisted on having schnitzel for our first night here in Vienna so we ran literally across the street from the hotel to the famous Zum Schwarzen Kameel.
I remembered it as a quiet intimate place with magnificent d├ęcor and great service, but now they seem to have an ante room with tons of people smoking while we waited for our table and it was a bit disturbing.

It was only a couple of minutes and after we sat down I ordered a glass of Riesling Smaragd  Loibenberg Obere Parzelle 2015 which I really enjoyed and Will had a local beer that he thought was a big hit called Schladminger.
Will started with a salmon tartare with caviar which looked good and he liked, but I was thrilled with my tartar of Austrian veal with medallions of Canadian Lobster cook just passed seared and covered with micro Greens in a yuzu avocado cream with artichokes.
We both had the same main course which was the classic Wiener Schnitzel with potato salad which was covered with delicious purslane. The veal scallopine was hammered so thin I couldn't believe it and was extremely tender but it was a large portion and I think now Will has his wiener schnitzel cravings subsided.
The Umathum Zweigelt St. Laurent blend from Neusliedersee 2014 was a nice accompaniment.
The service was mediocre at best, as we asked for a good break of 15 to 20 minutes between the courses and they took over 50 minutes. We really don't know what happened as we finally told them we wanted to eat after half an hour but it still took 20 more minutes. 
We skipped dessert and headed back to the hotel as that was enough for us.