June 17, 2018

Druckwasserwerk, Frankfurt…hearty German cuisine that hits the spot

To the uninformed first-timers, Druckwasserwerk might be dismissed as a huge 19th-century machine hall. Indeed it once housed the steam engines needed to operate the elevators and cranes in the nearby port. Today, what makes it special is the industrial-scale ambience.

The beautifully fried wiener schnitzel – wiener veal schnitzel, potato, cucumber, wild cranberries – stands out. The Schnitzel is perfectly crisp on the outside and inside, filled with cut-with-a fork meat. It’s a monumental plateful, as in you could use it as a headstone when the time comes. There are always specials, and they are always worth considering. The kleine pastasackchen –  truffle filling, Roquefort cream was comfort-food heaven. The small cake of conched Swiss chocolate with liquid core, blueberry cream and chocolate fondant dessert was very good too.

Nothing sophisticated. Just good bourgeois food. And sometimes that is exactly what is needed. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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April 1, 2010

Figlmueller, Vienna…great tasting generous (very generous) portions

The restaurant was packed.  There are polished wooden tables and chairs, unobtrusive waiters, and menus in both German as well as English. It was also located right in the center of town, a stone’s throw from St Stephan’s Cathedral.

Service was typical Austrian – fast and correct.

When the food arrived, my first thoughts were “I did not order a pizza!” The schnitzel is incredible! Best I’ve had in my life, let alone in Austria. The breaded veal and pork cutlets were so large they literally hung over the sides of the plate. If it was any bigger, you’ll have to give it a postcode. It will defeat most people…indeed I admitted defeat. The cutlet is so large because it’s been hammered (you can hear the mallets pounding from a block away). The meat winds up wafer-thin, stunningly golden and crispy on the outside, tender and delicious. (I hear they use a quarter kilo of meat for each schnitzel). And served along with a wedge of lemon.

We’d had perhaps the best Wiener schnitzel on the planet.If you want to eat one meal a day only, you can’t go wrong at Figlmüller. Unbelievable, but it’s the true truth because I always say it as it is

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