The Rote Bar in Hotel Sacher Wien
We ate here mostly because of the dog painting, but also cause it was located in our hotel (all about convenience) and highly regarded for serving classic Viennese food.
Amuse bouche to start, per usual.
Appetizers: beef tartare (with an interesting plum sorbet on the side) and roasted winter squash.
Mains: halibut for me…
And classic wienerschnitzel for him. Fried veal cutlet never tasted so goooood.
For dessert: sweet dumplings…
And Sachertorte! This is a Viennese specialty, invented in 1832 by Austrian Franz Sacher for Prince Wenzel von Metternich.
Looks like classic chocolate cake, but is laced with apricot jam. Very interesting (and honestly, not my favorite).
We just order desserts for the pictures. Oops.
Kidding, we also eat them like piggies.
So, bless these restaurants for always giving baby desserts after the main desserts.
After dinner we did some exploring through the hotel.
The hotel has a spa on the top floor, but turns out it doesn’t actually have a pool or a hot tub. Just Finnish saunas and an exercise room. Sweat and workout? On vacation? Nope.
But casually meandering through a hotel like a little kid? Yup, sign me up.