When the 3 of us first walked in I thought it was a strip joint - just a doorway and then down some dimly lit stairs :-) Once downstairs it opened up into a low-ceilinged, atmospheric room with a 1970s fondu and schnapps feel to it. Add to this the waiting staff (a very camp waiter dressed in Lederhosen and a shy waitress in national Austrian garb) and the scene was set ... lots of glances at each other and giggles ... this was going to be an interesting night!
The waiter was trying hard to be friendly but it all seemed a bit surreal and he made a couple of friendly wise-cracks that came out more like insults ... including questioning just about everything we ordered and trying to recommend anything but ... but that just added to my mirth.
Anyway onto the food - real Austrian/German fayre ... Bratwurst, pork, soups, and Strudel. Bit disappointed in the lack of authentic German Weissbier or similar though. I had a sausage sharing platter to start which was nice. And a pork knuckle with mash and veg - very tasty - the meat fell off the bone and was very tender.
At bout 8pm the owner, Joseph entered 'the booth' with his accordion and started playing Austrian folk songs - bordering-on-budget-gameshow-music. Entertaining and added to the overall quirkiness of the place.
In summary - worth a visit simply for the novelty. And the food is good if not great. As a restuarant only average - especially since it came to £120 for three of us (but then this is central London) - but lifted a bit by it's quirkiness and smile factor.
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