We had our third meal in about six months at Wallse last night - wonderful, as usual. Our reservation was for 8:30 and we waited a little less than ten minutes for our table to be ready. The place was packed, and a bit noisy at first, but quieted down as the night went on.
Two of us started with lobster on rosti, the others had the lobster ravioli and the spatzle with rabbit, mushrooms and peas. All were delicious. The rosti dish is a small crispy potato pancake, with lovely pieces of lobster meat and a citrus/frisee salad. I've had the spatzle/rabbit before and it is very tasty - nice pieces of rabbit meat, with sauted spatzle. We had a bottle of white wine with the first course - a Lagler Smaragd Veltliner (words probably in the wrong order - but how the waiter wrote it down for us).
For the main course, I had the cod strudel, others had the rack of lamb, the Wiener Schnitzel and the Kavalierspitz (boiled beef shoulder). Again - all were delicious - I hadn't tried the cod before - it comes wrapped in crispy strudel dough, with tiny cooked carrots and some kind of carrot sauce. The lamb looked beautiful, cut into three double chops. The Kavalierspitz was tender and tasty, and came with creamed spinach and a small rosti. The schnitzel was perfectly prepared and accompanied by a potato/cucumber salad and lingonberry sauce. We had a bottle of red - "Arachon Evolution".
For dessert, we shared the cherry strudel, a chocolate hazelnut cake with ice cream, and vanilla icecream with espresso poured over it. Three of us had a sweet riesling with dessert. Coffee was excellent. The strudel came with a fantastic cherry sorbet - the best I've had. After dessert, we were presented with tiny bowls with tiny fresh cherries - wild dark ones and sour red ones - on the stem.
The Austrian cellar master (aka sommelier) was travelling, but our waiter was very helpful with my selections of wines for the dinner. Having been there a couple of times, I've gained a tiny bit of knowledge about Austrian wines, but our waiter was able to guide us to appropriate choices. The red we had was not on the wine list - apparently it is a new attempt by some top Austrian wine makers to create a "premium" blend and combine their marketing efforts.
So, a wonderful evening ... which was about $550 for four of us, including two beers and an Elderberry gimlet before dinner.
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