Thank God for Trip Advisor for pointing out this little treasure to me! Tucked away from the plethora of restaurants that compete for business along the harbourfront and town centre, the Old Vienna has only its reputation to single it out. And that reputation is well deserved! My partner booked thsi for my 27th birthday and I really did have high hopes for this place; especially since Austrian cuisine was a new thing to me!
On arrival, we were greeted by a friendly waitress who instantly made us feel welcome. We were given a choice of seats and weren't just seated where was most convenient for them.
Although I think the waitress was fairly new, she did an excellent job of advising my partner to try the traditional Austrian beer, which was an excellent reccommendation. The Chilean Merlot was a perfect partner to the game dishes that I selected.
As mentioned in other reviews, the complimetary Austrian bread was a delicious surprise and appetiser. The rest of the food was also a winner and you could taste the passion that Werner had put into crafting these dishes. I tried (for the first time!) the pan fried pigeon with rocket, pine nuts and pink grapefruit. It was a delicious combination, helped along by the balsamic dressing. My partner was equally impressed by the goat's cheese bruschetta (again a new thing for him).
For mains I tried another new food to me: Venison. This was cooked to perfection and served with a delicious blackcurrant sauce and potato and carrot cake. My partner had the pork escalope, which he also enjoyed. This was served with a selection of vegetables, which was brought to the table in a serving dish.
For desserts, the waitress recommended the 'Linzertorte' and, again, I was taking a bit of a gamble as I don't usually like pies and tarts for desserts. I've obviously not been trying the right ones as this was absolutely delicious; served with clotted cream and warm. I've craved it every day since I've come home! My partner had a creme brulee with rhubarb compote, which he said had a lovely smooth texture and a fun presentation.
At the end of the evening we were greeted by the smiling chef who took the time to talk to us for a few minutes and wished me a happy birthday- it's not every day you get that! We were pleasantly surprised by the bill - just £65 for two people, three courses, a large red wine and two bottles of beer.
Overall, this restaurant deserves its reputation and its fantastic to see that such an enthusiastic and passionate chef with the personal touch has made such a success of something he clearly enjoys. We will definitely pop in again next time we visit Torquay. Oh, and I'm definitely converted to Austrian food and the 'Linzertorte'!
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