A Pre-boiled Goose

Address:Alserstrasse 4, Hof 1, 1090 Wien
Status:Open (last checked on 27 November 2018)
Eaten:Martinigansl, three beers (Märzen, Alt, Zwickl Doppelbock)

As far as I know (and believe me, I do know), the Universitätsbräu belongs to Mr Hajszan of the 19th district’s Hajszan-Neumann’s fame. As such, one could expect a goose that is fancy but not very good.

It turned out to be a goose that was no fancy at all and quite acceptable. A previously boiled goose it was, too, that apparently being the only scientific way to prevent the meat from turning dry in a non-cooked-upon-request animal. The skin looked grayish and heavily spiced, but turned out rather neutrally crispy and tasteless. The goose fat (one can call it gravy as well) was quite effective in adding juice to the dead bird, and the potato dumpling was nowhere as disgusting as potato dumplings normally turn to be. Finally, the hot cabbage-Speck salad once again surpassed the red cabbage by a large margin, being not only edible but also even quite enjoyable.

It has to be pointed out, in a nasty non-tolerant manner, that the dish was consumed in a heated tent, served by a slightly retarded waiter. While being perfectly fine with me, the above waiter has managed to drive away at least three other customers by being astonishingly unfriendly (on two occasions, by speaking amazingly rude English). Still, in the world of acceptable industrial geese the Universitätsbräu’s creation would survive quite happily.




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