***********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?
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.
Cafe SINFONIA, Schubertring 4, 1010 Vienna (Wien), Austria
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.
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.