Oberlaa: Babenbergerstrasse, Vienna, Austria
If you have a sweet tooth then this is the place for you. Vienna is known for its sachertorte, apple strudel and chocolates but Oberlaa takes it to the next level both in terms of presentation and taste. Sure, it’s expensive (a box of Grand Marnier truffles will set you back €12 for 9 chocolates) but what can you expect from a cafe so close to the popular MuseumsQuartier? The display is staggering. There are chocolate cakes, strudels (apple and quark cheese), nut tortes, macaroons coloured blue, green, brown and a bright bubblegum pink and not to mention every variety of truffle under the Austrian sun. It’s a shame we stopped by just for lunch, really…
The cafe itself is simple and inviting with a pale wooden and orange interior. The service was very quick and friendly, the food arriving with no fuss and although in very little time, not too quickly for comfort either.
A ham roll finely garnished turned out to be a medley of peas, sweetcorn and carrot trussed in mayonnaise and wrapped in two slices of thin ham. Beside it was a crunchy leaf salad, baby corn and gherkins both welcome additions. Sesame bread and the classic soft Vienna bread filled out the salad. Oberlaa toast was a cheese and ham toastie served with a dish of sweet tomato sauce. The toastie was nothing special unfortunately and the sauce was a little too lumpy and thick in consistency. Still, nothing inedible and it was declared enjoyable. Finally was the Austrian veal sausage which, in no disparaging way, looks rather like a Frankfurter hotdog. The veal added a slightly meatier taste and the mustard was French-style; tasty. Grated horseradish was an interesting addition and worked well. It was decided that the sausage was a bit too Frankfurter-like when we matched the taste and appearance but the tag attaching the two long sausages together assured us it was all Viennese.
Lunch here is hit and miss but they do have a daily specials menu from 11-1pm that includes more substantial Viennese dishes so choose wisely and keep room for a slice of cake. Or, hand choose a selection of their lovely chocolates and stuff yourself silly.