We were thrilled when we heard about the new Viennese café opening up on Marylebone High Street a couple months ago, and our two recent visits here exceeded our already high expectations. Fischer's is the newest venture by Corbin & King, the same duo that brought us London classics like the Wolseley and the Delaunay. Naturally, the decor is classic, tasteful and successfully evokes the Viennese Golden Age.
Now onto the good stuff...
We've had this both times we've come to Fischer's and we love it. Perfect amount of crunchiness, saltiness and sweetness, topped off with just the right amount of dressing. A wonderful start to a meal!
Essentially a glorified mac and cheese, this dish is another one we had during our first meal here and couldn't help but revisit during our second. The egg noodles at the base of the dish have a thick potato-like texture and its earthy flavour blends wonderfully well with the bacon-infused cheese sauce. If mac and cheese from the box could taste like this, we probably wouldn't eat anything else at home.
Now that it's summer, this dish is unfortunately no longer available, but we're so lucky to have tried it out in the spring. We've frequently had white asparagus that was served overly watery and overcooked, at Fischer's it's definitely a hit! The garnish is quite subtle so the delightful asparagus flavour truly shines through.
Now for the real test. You can't call yourself a Viennese restaurant without a proper wiener schnitzel, but Fischer's passes the test with flying colours. A simply prepared dish with no frills, the pork was wonderfully juicy while the outside was crispy to perfection. Best of all, it was not even the slightest bit greasy. With a squeeze of lemon and a dip in the lingonberry compote, we were in heaven!
And now for the other Viennese test: würst! You can pick two types of sausages from their list of six and they all sound so good it's hard to choose. The beautifully cooked Thüringer (a spiced pork and caraway sausage) and traditional Frankfurter were particularly noteworthy.
A divinely juicy chicken with perfectly crispy skin. The garlic and tarragon were an amazing addition, though we could've used a little less of it.
To be honest, we weren't expecting to be blown away by the desserts because Viennese desserts are often way too sweet to our liking. But boy were we foolish, because the desserts were just as good as the appetisers/mains!
This was our favourite dessert. Rich but airy and the perfect amount of apple to add a touch of sweet and sour without making the whole thing soggy or overpowering the bread part. We would easily go back to Fischer's just for this--it's that good.
Although more like a breakfast dish than a dessert, this is another winner. The fact that the pancakes are in little pieces means that you get a higher ratio of the golden-brown pancake outside layer to the inside fluff.
Fischer's is by no means a place to come to if you want to test out new boundaries in the culinary sphere, but it will be hard to find a better spot to try excellent renditions of classic Germanic comfort food in London.
Fischer's, 50 Marylebone High Street, London W1U 5HN (Tube: Baker Street or Regent’s Park)