Popped into Röckenwagner's 3 Square Café in Venice the other day for lunch. Thought I would do a snapshot review for the uninitiated.
I had the Veal 'Goulash' with Spätzle. The veal was tender and flavorful. Overall, while I did enjoy my meal, the 'goulash' would be significantly enhanced with a bit less salt, sweeter paprika and a dollop of sour cream thoroughly incorporated into the sauce.
The accompanying spätzle were good albeit pan toasted, which I am not used to, but find acceptable.
My lunch companion had the Steak Salad with Radicchio, Frisee, Grapes and Maytag Blue Cheese. The steak was cooked medium rare and was served on the side already sliced. As the steak does not mixed into the salad, I suppose our waiter should have asked how my companion would have wanted it cooked.
She is not known to be one that scrapes their plate at the end of a meal --- so take that for a good sign.
We had ice tea and coffee. Neither proved to be anything else than average/acceptable.
The 'goulash' that 3 Square serves is not technically goulash. Any Hungarian out there will tell you that real goulash (gulyás) is a soup, not a stew (like you see it served anywhere outside of Hungary, excepting Transylvania and Vojvodina). What 3 Square calls goulash, and I reiterate is pretty good, is not even a stew which, if it were, in Hungarian would be called a pörkölt. Rather it is a paprikás as in what Americans call Chicken Paprikash.
Service was friendly and accommodating, if hurried and a bit forgetful.
Very good. We'll be going back to try the Pretzel Burger among other things. We also like the bakery next door and purchased several pretzel-breads to go.
3 Square Cafe
1121 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice, CA 90291
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