Enjoying our vacation, we took the train to Vienna for a few days. Despite our busy schedule, we couldn’t refuse a visit to the famous Hotel Sacher and its appreciated by @michelinguide, Restaurant Rote Bar.
The interior of Restaurant Rote Bar impresses with its elegance and splendor.
We were able to freely take a few photos since we were fortunate enough to be the two of us in the entire restaurant room.
We had plans to go to the three-star Amador restaurant after lunch at Sacher’s (which you can read about here) so we had to exercise restraint, which was extremely difficult because the menu looked great.
The Chef of the Restaurant Rote Bar is Dominik Stolzer (@dominikstolzer).
First, we were given a nice treat of sourdough bread with two kinds of butter. 3 eggplants.
Original Sacher goose liver tarte
Goose liver tart served with hazelnut brioche. A great creamy liver whose fattiness was broken up by apricot jelly and elderflower jam. We enjoyed it so much that we awarded it the Order of the Happy Eggplant. 5 eggplants.
Steak Tatar with grape mustard ice cream
Tasty tartare, well seasoned. This was the first time we tried the combination of tartare with grapes and it was extremely successful. 4 eggplants.
Wiener Schnitzel - Vienna veal escalopes with parsley potatoes and salad mix. The Happy Eggplant badge is definitely well deserved for this brilliant Schnitzel and tasty potatoes. The set of salads would probably be better if each of them were served separately, because unfortunately, their flavors mixed with each other. On the other hand, we were delighted with the lemon, which was ingeniously and beautifully packaged in a mesh protecting the seeds from falling off. 4 eggplants.
Here are the schnitzels with the salad sets. As you can see it was basically two huge schnitzels, placed one on top of the other. This is something we were totally not expecting, but we managed to eat them. They were too delicious to be left.
Original Sacher-Torte with whipped cream
After the incredibly hearty main course, it was time for dessert. Original Sacher-Torte with whipped cream. Luckily we only ordered one serving of the classic chocolate cake because although it was excellent we wouldn’t have been able to eat more. Of course we awarded it our badge and 4 eggplants.
The Sacher-Torte tastes best on the premises, but you can also buy it to take away or even order it straight from Vienna, which I feel like testing soon.
At the very end we got a petit four. We were sad to say that we could not eat them anymore. The waiter was prepared for that and quickly packed them for us to take away. It was very nice. 3 eggplants.
Sacher Restaurant Rote Bar is a place where we can travel back in time to elegant interiors and classic service with silver cutlery and white tablecloths. However, the dishes, apart from Viennese classics like Wiener Schnitzel and Sacher Torte, are served in a modern way and do not diverge from modern fine dining trends.
The staff was extremely courteous and refined. For the atmosphere, impeccable service, and delicious food, I am happy to award Restaurant Rote Bar the Order of the Happy Eggplant.
Lunch cost us about 120 euros total. Service was not included in the bill.
A few months before lunch at Restaurant Rote Bar, we visited the Sacher Café at breakfast time. It was before the beginning of the pandemic and the rooms were full of people. In front of the entrance, despite the cold, there was a long queue of people waiting. We made a reservation in advance which turned out to be a brilliant idea.
Sacher Hotel on a January morning.
Beautiful christmas snow globe adorned the entrance to the hotel.
I decided on “SACHER FRÜHSTÜCKSBROT,” which is toasted bread with a poached egg, green asparagus, ham and hollandaise sauce. 2 eggplants.
The second Degustująca Istota ordered the “ANNA SACHER FRÜHSTÜCK” set, which is a roll with ham, scrambled eggs with pumpkin seeds, the Original Sacher Punch Dessert and coffee. 3 eggplants.
Na deser skusiłam się na strudel jabłkowy. 3 eggplants.
I oczywiście nie zapomnieliśmy o Sacher Torte. 4 eggplants.
After having visited many fine dining restaurants it was nice to stop by Hotel Sacher and feel the atmosphere of luxurious Vienna in the imperial times. Maybe we will manage to visit next time Restaurant Grüne Bar in which Dominik Stolzer is also a Chef.
Address: Philharmoniker Str. 4, 1010 Wien, Austria
Title picture: Goose liver tart