Franςois im Vierzehten
Reinlgasse 20, Wien 1140
This brand-new restaurant, owned and run by François Laliberté, a French-Canadian resident of Vienna, is well worth a trip to the 14th district. Members of the diplomatic community in Vienna may know François as the former chef at the residence of the US ambassador to the OSCE. Yes, it is that François, yum!
The restaurant specializes in Mediterranean cuisine, with a relatively short menu that changes weekly. The mezzes, or appetizers, are numerous and one could easily make an interesting meal of an assortment of them. We had grilled eggplant, hummus with a bread basket for dipping, and “François’ fettoush” a sort of salad. All were excellent.
For dinner, we shared lamb kebabs and a surprisingly delicate dish of deboned chicken drumsticks. The entrées are not huge, which is good, because you definitely want to save room for dessert! We had a tangy lemon tart topped with vanilla cream. This was really, seriously, wonderful. Never skip any dessert prepared by François, trust me. It will always be worth every calorie on the plate!
Franςois im Vierzehten is a also great value for the quality of food served. All of the above, plus two glasses of good wine apiece and tea with dessert, came in under 60 Euros. This is no doubt in part due to the location, which is in a very ordinary residential area behind Schloss Schönbrunn. However, it is just two or three blocks from the Hutteldorfer Strasse stop on the U3, and the #49 tram, and one block from the #10 tram. We took the U-Bahn, but there seemed to be plenty of street parking available in the area, as well, if you are coming in from the outer suburbs.
It is a small, but classy, “white tablecloth” establishment. The menus are only in German, but all the waiters seemed to speak English, so if you have a question, just ask. Nearly all the tables were taken when we were there for dinner on a Saturday night, so reservations are recommended.
Reviewed by Kelly.