Vienna’s Chilai Landstrasse: Affordable Food

by Jane Wangersky | May 1st, 2015 | Restaurant Destination

breakfast (400x400)As I’ve learned writing these articles, in any city, the hardest places to find an affordable restaurant are the popular tourist areas and the downtown business district.  But here’s one in Good Life Review’s destination highlight city. Vienna’s Chilai Landstrasse sits in the business district, next to the Rennweg s-Bahn station (the urban rapid transit that links to the national rail system, very convenient for tourists), and serves large portions at reasonable prices. Though it’s fairly new to TripAdvisor reviewers, they’ve consistently rated it Excellent or Very Good.

The Chilai chain has three locations in Vienna, with the Landstrasse located at Ungargasse 66/1. (I would’ve expected it to be on a street called Landstrasse, but anyway . . . the others are at Kärntner Ring 5-7 and Kindermanngasse 1.) It’s a modern place with a floor-to-ceiling glass front and a mixture of wooden tables, wooden chairs, and leather banquettes. The sign announces “Breakfast Lunch Dinner Bar.”

The sign is not the only place you see English words — the menu has an English translation along with the German, plus photos to clarify. It’s extensive, with Austrian and international choices.

Breakfasts begin at € 4.90 for the Classic (just juice and a croissant — in Europe, that’s a classic breakfast) and go up to € 8.10 for the English (Fried egg, baked beans, toast, bacon,sausages and jam). All include cappuccino, tea, or hot chocolate. You can also build your own breakfast from a la carte dishes.

If you stop by later in the day, you might want a burger (€ 7.20 to € 10.90), a sandwich, which counts as a snack here (even if it comes with salad and fries) and costs € 6.90 or less, or a more Viennese classic dish like wiener schnitzel (€ 15.90) or grilled rump steak (€ 14.90). There’s also pasta of several kinds and a couple of risotto choices, priced from € 6.90 to € 8.30, and falafel dishes for vegetarians (or just anyone who likes Middle Eastern food).

As you’d expect in Vienna, the desserts are mostly rich cakes, including of course the famous Sachertorte (chocolate with apricot filling and chocolate glaze all over). Oh, and pancakes are on the dessert menu here. The Esterhazy Cake is gluten-free.

There’s a children’s menu for breakfast (€ 4.10) and lunch/dinner (€ 4.90). There’s also a good selection of wine, beer, coffee, and soft drinks including specialty lemonades such as rosemary orange.

Chilai Landstrasse is open from 7 AM to midnight Monday through Friday, and 8 AM to midnight on weekends.

To learn a few facts about Vienna, our travel publication’s May destination, read this article.

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