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Posted by Rehn on 04/01/2009
I have eaten at Wallse about 15 times now. It is possible to eat absolutely outstanding fish dishes here - perfectly cooked with elegant and occasionally divine flavors. 1-2 Michelinstars in my mind. Unfortunately, the meat dishes disappoint in comparison which is a problem for a restaurant that prides itself with Austrian typicity. Now, I am not talking about the Wiener Schnitzel: the reviewers on this website who judge this to be "pedestrian" clearly don't understand how difficult it is to make a breaded piece of veal into something so light and absolutely elegant. Simple ingredients executed to perfection. I am talking about the other meat dishes - the Gulasch and above all the Tafelspitz (called Kavalierspitz here) which in Vienna wouldn't pass even in a fairly average (and much cheaper) restaurant. The meat tough, the taste by far not what it can be. On my last occasion about a month ago I was pretty concerned about the speed with which dishes arrived - appetizers arrived literally 4-5 minutes after having been ordered. What is going on with that? I noticed the same issue at the Blaue Gans, Wallse's simpler sister restaurant in Tribeca. Has Gutenbrunner started to pre-prepare food so as to be able to be able to serve more people per night and increase revenue? If that is the case, the Michelin star should be lost and the prices should be significantly decreased. Overall - a year or two ago I ate absolutely excellent fish dishes here in a very pretty atmosphere and accompanied by excellent wines. The meat dishes (except for the Schnitzel) have always tended to disappoint and recently there seems to be an issue with pre-prepared dishes.
Posted by Joe Schmoe on 08/13/2008
I went here last night and having never been there, I was a little tepid going into it b/c I checked out the menu and there are certainly some rare items on there. Well we did the tasting menu with wine paring and everything we had was superb! The service was quite good as well. I would definitely recommend it to anybody!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/27/2007
Went to Wallse for dinner last night and had one of the best meals I've had in a very long time. Fabulous wine list, superb food, and a lovely atmosphere. The only thing we ordered that I didn't like was the bland squash soup, but everything else (especially the fish dishes) was incredible.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/22/2007
Great meal! The service was excellent, atmosphere was great, and the food spectacular. I highly recommend it!
Posted by Scooty Woots on 08/03/2007
This is the hundreth time that ive dined at wallse and its the hundreth time that its been beyond stellar. the atmos is warm and inviting, and the food only accentuates the near perfect service. im not sure what reviews peopl have been writing...but ive never experienced it. i definitely will be coming back again and again.
Posted by Happy Customer on 06/26/2007
Nice atmosphere for lunch but might be bit crowded for dinner......good service and good food but to travel this far west for a meal, it would have to be fantastic. We would think twice before returning even if the dining experience there was positive.
Posted by Tony on 04/02/2007
Food -classic mediocrity-noticed most patrons having schnitzel so i followed-very pedestrian. Our waiter was among the missing too often (forgetting he takes your wine bottle away,the check,etc.) Dessert was a forgetable mess served in choc. soupy concoction. Expected better at this price level.