Plachutta: a Viennese Institution
The most legendary Viennese beef dish is without a doubt, Tafelspitz. It became popular in the 19th century, thanks to Emperor Franz Joseph’s praising it as his favorite dinner. Today, locals and visitors alike flock to the three Plachutta restaurants, located in the posh districts of Hietzing, Nussdorf, and the Vienna City Center to enjoy Tafelspitz.
At Plachutta, guests can choose between 10 variations of Tafelspitz featuring different cuts of meat. The prompt and friendly servers provide novices with a written guide on how to eat the dish with humorous instructions. Your meal will arrive at the table in a copper pot with a clear broth, and is accompanied by chive sauce, horseradish, hash browns, chopped apples, and artisanal bread. The meat at Plachutta is sourced from trusted, family-run farms that raise their animals on Austrian pastures, and promise the highest quality.
For diners interested in replicating their Tafelspitz experience at home, Ewald Plachutta’s recipe collection “Best of Viennese Cuisine” is available to take home.