1010 Wien, Austria
Catching up from December...
Italic is a modern Italian restaurant in Vienna. I came upon it while walking around the high streets between Stephansdom (the cathedral) and the Opera House. Vienna is quite festive leading up to Christmas, so the place was very busy. When I came in and said it was just me, the maitre'd winced, but when I said I'd gladly sit at the bar, I got the royal treatment.
I ordered the table d'hote meal for the evening, which was four courses, a starter, pasta, main, and dessert. The starter was a seafood plate, thinly sliced poached salmon and some grilled shrimp. The salmon was just OK, but the shrimp were well-spiced and flavorful.
The pasta course was linguini and crawfish. yes, Crawfish. Im Wien. Usually this would violate my rule about Creole/Cajun food, and how it should not be ordered in restaurants east of Slidell, north of Baton Rouge, and west of Lafayette. This was Vienna, though, and it was part of the fixed-price meal, so what the heck. By New Orleans standards, these crawfish were small. Not sure if crawfish season runs the same in Central Europe, but the size would be expected at home; any non-farm crawfish would be that small.
All that said, the dish was good! The crawfish themselves were not boiled in Zatarain's, so they didn't have the zing of local bugs, but they served over the pasta with what we'd call a "bordelaise" sauce in New Orleans, buttery and garlicky.
I usually fully feed my riesling addiction in Vienna, and this meal was no exception. There were two rieslings by-the-glass on the menu. One was full and fruity, the other a "halbtrocken" (half-dry). The latter was less sweet than one expects from a riesling. making it a good complement to the main.
Grilled seabass in a lemon beurre blanc with grilled veggies. Good fish cooked just right. But it was the veggies that stole the show! You know how you often get to the point where you push aside the potatoes and veggies, saving room for dessert? Not this time, these were equisite. If I was in Vienna and dining with a vegetarian, I'd go to Italic and get them to make a plate of just the grilled veggies. It would be a winner.
Creme brulee and a banana pudding for dessert. The pudding was meh, and that was OK, since I ate absolutely everything on the plate for the main. The custard was nice.
Cappuccino to wrap up, and a walk back to Stephansplatz to take the Metro back to the hotel.
Overall, a lovely meal. As often happens with a prix-fixe meal, there's a thing or two you're not in love with, but the things that worked for me more than adequately made up for those that didn't. The tab was about €65, which included the two glasses of wine.
Service: Solid, since I was alone in the bar. The restaurant had no empty tables by the time I got my pasta course, but the bartender did a great job checking on me between getting drinks and/or wine for the other tables.