On Sunday, which was a SUNday indeed, Mr A and I revisited one of our favourite breakfast haunts in Vienna: Das Augustin.
From outside, it looks dark and unwelcoming and certainly not like a place I would voluntarily visit. From the inside, however, it is absolutely lovely: upholstered chairs, an antique-y bar setting, dark wooden panelling, chandeliers and – for summer – a simply gorgeous courtyard. There is always a fresh flower on each table and the food is simply divine. The restaurant does have a smoking section but it is at the very back of the restaurant and only accessible through a small door, so the stench usually is not THAT bad. For weekend breakfasts, however, Das Augustin is now a non-smoking venue, something I greatly appreciate.
The last couple of times we went, the service was really (REALLY) bad: lazy waitresses who forgot half the order and tried to charge you things you had never consumed/ received, rolled their eyes at you when you ordered a glass of tab water with your coffee etc.
This time however, we were more than pleasantly surprised: everyone was super-attentive and despite the (usual weekend) crowd we received both our drinks and breakfasts after only a few minutes. We were actually asked if we wanted glasses of tap water with our order. Best of all, now there is even a vegan option, which of course I had to try.
Looks delicious, doesn’t it?
It’s called Go Vegan and consists of a (warm) wrap (lettuce, smoky tofu, tomato and avocado) with a soy-based lime dip and porridge (oats, dried cranberries, shredded coconut, nuts – and cardamom! I was in love) with maple syrup on the side. I was awesome! Very tasty, freshly prepared and not too filling, but enough for a lazy Sunday breakfast.
Mr A went with the staple Basic Breakfast (two bread rolls, butter, jam, honey, nutella) and was equally exited – especially over his cappuccino which he called “sensational”.
We are definitely coming back
Two things you will want to keep in mind: First, make a reservation! We saw countless people being turned away because they were fully booked way past lunch time. And second, especially if you are a non-smoker, it is advised to ask for a table in the front part of the restaurant, not the room where smoking is usually allowed, because it still reeks of cold cigarette smoke in there. Which is, frankly, disgusting.