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{Guest Post} Gluten Free Vienna, Austria: Nestroy Gasthaus & Biergarten

Given the other demands on my time at the moment with newborn twins and moving house, I’ve questioned why I blog in recent months. It’s taken an email from a reader of this blog to get my blogging mojo back on. It really is for those times that a complete stranger goes to the effort of dropping me an email to say thanks for helping them find somewhere safe to eat on holiday, provide feedback on a place I recommended or suggest a new place that I write this blog. We all read web pages every day but how many of us take the time to contact the author or leave comments on a blog post? I’d hazard at guess at not many.

Howard contacted me following his recent trip to Vienna. I had posted about a cafe which offered gluten free schnitzel. Sadly he advised that having visited it, Cafe Sinfonia has now closed. I have updated the blog post accordingly as I understand the new owners are regularly receiving visits from people looking for gluten free schnitzel. This apparently included two car loads of Hungarians who left disappointed and empty tummied upon discovering the change of ownership and menu.

“My wife and I did find a very good restaurant in Vienna which does do some gluten-free dishes as a speciality.  It is the Gasthaus Nestroy which is very close to the Nestroplaz station on the U1 underground line. It is just 3 stops from Karlsplaz, the Opera House station, or, coming from the other direction,just one stop from the Praterstern station which is also on the U2 line and is a Regionalbahn station.

Nestroy Gasthaus & Biergarten

My wife, who is coeliac, had a delicious gluten-free Wiener Schnitzel (photo attached) and a cake which was a sort of cross between a sponge cake and a rice pudding for dessert. We ate in the beer garden on a beautiful summer evening and it was certainly one of the highlights of our stay in Vienna. The owner was extremely helpful.

Nestroy Schnitzel

Gluten free Wiener schnitzel – delicious!

We also found the DM stores in Vienna excellent for gluten-free products and there is a store on Praterstrasse very close to one of the exits of the Nestroyplaz station.

Hope this is of some use to you. Keep up the good work. Chris was diagnosed in 1997 and the situation for coeliacs is now so much better than it was then and things like your blog can only make it better still.”

When Howard and his wife congratulated the helpful manager of Nestroy Gasthaus & Biergarten for having gluten free food on their menu, they were advised the Viennese Coeliac Society sometimes meet there which is certainly an endorsement.

Howard recommends calling Gasthaus Nestroy in advance to check they are still doing gluten free food. This is sage advice given the situation with Cafe Sinfonia. Places open and close or change their menu/ownership all the time and it’s important to double check things before making a special trip to avoid disappointment.

Many thanks to Howard for taking the time to leave a comment on the Cafe Sinfonia post as well as emailing me the above information and photos. And a special thank you for motivating me to get back into writing the blog again.

Details:

Nestroy Gasthaus and Biergarten, Weintraubengasse 7, 1020 Vienna

Website: http://www.gasthausnestroy.at/

Phone: + 43 (0) 1 58 11 346

Vienna fact: Vienna’s Prater park is home to the world’s oldest carousel wheel. Well worth a trip for a fabulous view of Vienna from one of its 15 gondolas.

Gluten Free Vienna: Cake at Kurkonditorei Oberlaa

Having tried a gluten free schnitzel in Vienna, I felt duty bound to try another food item which Vienna is famous for: Cake. Yes, yes, I know, it’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it…!

Vienna is a city which appears blessed with coffee shops and cafes on almost every corner. Thanks to the very helpful Austrian Coeliac Society, I had a list of those which were able to offer gluten free cakes. I was excited to discover that a number of places in Vienna, including the famous Imperial Cafe, offer gluten free Imperial Torte. Upon further investigation I learnt this cake is made with almonds which sadly meant no Imperial Torte for me.

Nevermind, step forward Kurkonditorei Oberlaa who have nine cafes in Vienna and were able to provide me with both a gluten free and a nut free cake.

I had been sent a German language Coeliac card by the Austrian Coeliac Society to which I had then added some additional text to explaining my nut allergies. I used Google Translate to generate the text on my nut allergies (my GCSE German doesn’t allow me to do much m0re than ask the way to the pedestrianised shopping area…) and this worked well in explaining my dietary restrictions.

The cakes at Kurkonditorei Oberlaa were beautifully displayed in a refrigerated cabinet. I was really impressed with the clear labeling.

I was also impressed that there were gluten free, lactose free and even diabetic options available.


When I showed our waiter my German language Coeliac card he led me to the counter to discuss which of the options did not contain almonds, hazelnuts or chestnuts as well as being gluten free. The result was this bad boy.

Oh. Yes.

I thoroughly enjoyed this magnificent piece of molton chocolate mousse. And I enjoyed it even more when Mr D pronounced it superior to his (non-gluten free) Sachertorte. Love it when that happens.

We visited Kurkonditorei Oberlaa at both the interesting Naschmarkt and also at Landstraßer Hauptstraße. The latter location is 1 minute’s walk from Wien Mitte station where the airport shuttle departs from meaning you could have one last gluten free cake fix before heading to the airport for your journey home.

Kurkonditorei Oberlaa

1. Landstraßer Hauptstraße 1, 1030 Vienna Tel. +41-1-715-2740

Opening hours: Daily 8.00 to 19.00

2. Naschmarkt 175m, 1040 Vienna Tel. +41-1-587-4633

Opening hours: Mon – Sat 09.30 to 19.00

Other locations can be made on the Kurkonditorei Oberlaa website

Cost: Under EUR 15 for 2 cakes, a coffee and tea

Rating: 9/10 – What’s not to love about gluten free and nut free chocolate cake?

Gluten Free Vienna: Schnitzel

***********AS OF 2013 THIS GLUTEN FREE RESTAURANT IS REPORTED TO BE COMPLETELY CLOSED.******************

If you like me you grew up in the 1980s, Vienna will mean one thing; a song by Ultravox. Who could possibly forget Midge Ure’s performance of this haunting song at Live Aid in 1985? Wow. And if you’re too young to remember Live Aid a) lucky you and b) watch it on YouTube!

In researching our trip to Vienna I contacted the Austrian Coeliac Society for assistance on recommended places to eat. They very kindly sent me a list running to numerous pages of Vienna’s cafes, coffee houses and restaurants all offering gluten free options. At the top of this list was Cafe Sinfonia offering another Viennese classic, (gluten free) schnitzel.

Cafe Sinfonia is located at Schubertring, 4 on the edge of the old town (Innere Stadt). It was easy to find thanks to this sign. Surely a sign to warm the heart of any coeliac/gluten intolerant?

Cafe Sinfonia is a very friendly cafe with an interesting 1960s decor.

We had a seat in the window which afforded us a great view of the retro style trams whizzing passed us on the boulevard.

Mr D and I both fancied the schnitzel but unfortunately they only had one portion left so Mr D gallantly agreed I could have it. Probably fortunate, I’m not sure he would have enjoyed his afternoon otherwise!

How did it taste? The meat was thin, the coating crispy and well seasoned. I genuinely don’t know if you could tell the difference between this gluten free schnitzel and the regular one, the batter tasted so good. I was glad the schnitzel came with a lightly dressed green salad which made it the perfect lunchtime meal.

Address:

Cafe SINFONIA, Schubertring 4, 1010 Vienna (Wien), Austria

Telephone: +43-1-512-6713

Cost: Under EUR 35 for lunch for 2 with soft drinks

Rating: 8/10 – Cafe Sinfonia is a must visit for any Coeliac / gluten intolerant visiting Vienna to try the gluten free schnitzel.

Opening hours:

Mon / Tues / Weds – 08:00 to 22:00

Thurs / Fri – 08:00 to 24:00

Saturday – 13:00 to 21:00

Closed on Sundays and public holidays

Please notify Cafe Sinfonia in advance if you require gluten free food in order that preparations can be made in the kitchen for strict separate preparation of food.