Monday, 11 September 2017

Fischer's - Austrian Restaurant London

For the past couple of years, I've scrolled through Tweets applauding Fischer's food and ambience (including Nigella Lawson if I remember rightly) and so I've always said to MCH (My Carnivorous Husband) that our next trip to London should include a visit there.  This weekend was the time.

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A short walk from Baker Street tube station brings you to Marylebone High Street, where surrounded by affluent boutiques and the likes of Cath Kidston and LK Bennett stores sits Fischer's, dressed in sunshine yellow awnings and extended by pavement seating.

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Fischer's describes itself as "warmly evocative of Vienna in the early years of the twentieth century" and short of the plumes of smoke that I imagine would've swirled in the air entwined with coffee aromas, it replicates that continental European cafĂ© culture circa 100 years ago (how I envisage it anyway).  MCH and I both said even the toilets look like cabins from the Orient Express.  You get the picture, it's like a charming snapshot of history.  And if you've ever been to Hotel Sacher in Vienna, then it's a bit like that.

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Back to business, here's more about the food.  It's Austrian, so think - hearty, carb-fuelled schnitzels, strudels and potato/vegetable led menus. 

Best of all, they've got a standalone vegetarian menu.  A rarity, I was drinking it all in whilst chowing down on the homemade bread and finally settled on the Cheese & Potato Knodel served with Sauerkraut & Crispy Onions with a side order of Horseradish Roasted Cauliflower.  MCH chose Sausages with Potato Salad &  Sauerkraut.

Cheese & Potato Knodel
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The Knodel resembled Polish pierogi.  The knodel dough was soft, the filling fluffy and delicious when paired up with a forkful of sauerkraut. 

Horseradish Roasted Cauliflower
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The cauliflower had a hint of horseradish, not overpowering, softened by it being roasted, I'm thinking of trying to replicate this at home.

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MCH went for the Wild Boar and Frankfurter sausages, he commented on the sausages being good quality and the accompaniments worked well together as a dish.
Cinnamon Strudel
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We chose two desserts with the idea of sharing the two.  Cinnamon Strudel with Ice Cream and Drunken Sisters.  The apples in the strudel were nicely spiced and the pastry was delicate, very Austrian, very nice. 

Drunken Sisters
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The Drunken Sisters consisted of shredded pancakes in a punch style liquid with pistachio ice cream.  Perhaps seduced a little by the name, the dessert wasn't as fulfilling as we had hoped and I should've gone with my instinct and had a slice of Sachertorte instead.   But sharing the two worked well for us. 

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Fischer's is a delight and now that Franzl's in Birmingham has closed, it's nice to know there is a good quality Austrian restaurant to visit.  Fischer's is somewhere we'd look to return to, especially as the vegetarian menu is extensive for me.  It makes for an interesting place to try and their patriotism certainly cannot be questioned as a framed picture of Eurovision's Conchita Wurst at the till point smiles at you as pay the bill.....

Note:  I paid for my meal in full and Fischer's were not aware that I was conducting a review.