I bet that Schübel-Auer and Kierlinger are the closest located Brettljause-serving Heurige in Vienna. With only a wall separating them, it is easy to walk into a wrong one by mistake, though calling that a mistake would be unfair. Both Heurige are really good and generally speaking, quite similar. Schübel-Auer is 300 years old; Kierlinger is “only” 220. Schübel-Auer has a rather wide courtyard with old trees. Kierlinger’s garden is more compact, but also has enough trees to provide a cool shade on hot days like today. Schübel-Auer’s Brettljause is quite creative, delicious and rather expensive. The Brettljause of Kierlinger is more plain-looking and cheaper, but not at all disappointing thanks to authentic and tasty ingredients.
The garlic-spiced cottage cheese spread was the absolute winner. Quite a lot of it was served, but I could have easily eaten thrice as much. The two types of Schweinsbraten were quite alike, and it’s strange that the restaurant did not replace one of them with, say, Speck, but both tasted great and were totally free of annoying cartilage. The Geselchtes, too, tasted very non-industrial and was obviously freshly cut from a bigger piece.
If you have guests, especially hungry ones, and want to surprise them with an unusual Brettljause, I would suggest taking them to Schübel-Auer. On the other hand, if you are looking for a quick and pleasant snack alone or with a friend, Kierlinger is perfect. Alternatively, if you are stupidly brave, absolutely starving and/or planning to get completely drunk, you can try visiting both on the same day.
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