The Palace Jause

Location:Landtmann’s Jausen Station
Address:Schloss Schönbrunn, Kronprinzengarten, 1130 Wien
Status:Open (last checked on 25 May 2015)
Eaten:Brettljause, two beers (Ottakringer), an Espresso, a small Marillenschnapps

Located in the gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace, this Jausen Station probably intended to cater for the many tourists visiting the above palace and the nearby zoo. I don’t know what went wrong, but obviously the tourists are unable to find it. At least, when I visitied this snack place, the only foreigner I saw was one of the waiters. Not that this was a bad thing, after all.

As for the Brettljause… well, it does not create a great first impression to see a small tube with mustard prominently featured in the middle of the dish. It does not help either to see a tiny aluminum package containing organic butter next to it. This does send a rather clear signal about where the ingredients come from – just a step away from attaching a supermarket bill to the Brettl.

Which is a pity, because the actual ingredients do not taste industrial. There are four of them in total: some fat Wurzelspeck, cut in tiny slices from a piece that must have been quite small in the first place, a few thin round slices of dry sausage, some Geselchtes (actually very good, slightly tough with an interesting herb taste), and three slices of hard and strong mountain cheese. As a “side order,” there is plenty of really strong horseradish, a small pickled cucumber, a Pfefferoni, a bit of radish and half of an egg.

If you are hungry, this Brettljause is not going to satiate you, and the price of 12 Euro they charge for it is frankly too steep. You are also going to run out of butter before the first slice of bread is finished. On the other hand, it is not such a bad Brettljause as it could have been. If you ignore the price, it is a perfectly acceptable snack in a non-tourist corner of a heavily tourist location.

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