If you like the Delaunay and the Wolseley, Fischer’s timeless elegance is for you. This time, restaurateurs Corbin and King decided to pay homage to Mitteleuropa and, in particular, to old Austria. Think Art Nouveau and Gustav Klimt, 1920s Viennese cafés and Orient Express-style interiors; this is what awaits you inside the Austrian ‘Konditorei’ in Marylebone. The room is full of mirrors, marquetry and shiny tiles. On the walls there are vintage paintings and the final touch is a station clock.
The service is impeccable; attention to detail is a must. The staff are very efficient and make you feel at ease straight away; the tableware includes monogrammed crockery, silver serving dishes, copper pots and even the lemons are wrapped in muslin to catch the peeps.
As far as the food goes, even though the menu is fairly limited, the traditional dishes are all there. You can start off with Bismark herring all the way through to a Schnitzel – that actually tastes of veal – or a Tafelspitz – Austria’s favourite beef dish. For those like me who are not big fans of the classic Strudel, you have other options, including a pretty good dark-chocolate Sachertorte. The wine selection includes a respectable mix of Austrian, German, French Alsatian and Hungarian wines.
All in all, food and atmosphere are quite authentic, maybe not as good as it would be in a Viennese restaurant but as close as it can be on this side of the channel. Fischer’s is definitely worth a visit, but make sure you book in advance because it can get very busy, especially at weekends.
Enjoy.. or as the locals would say: Guten Appetit!!!