I have a tendency to stick to Sans Souci for brunch as it’s my absolute favourite in Vienna, so I sometimes “force” myself to try new places. Let’s see if adventure pays off, by reviewing the Sunday Brunch (or Jazz Brunch) at the Schloss Wilhelminenberg Vienna:
The Setting ★★★★☆
The view of Vienna is stunning, and that is definitely the hotel’s main selling point. Pity that the summer is over, as it’ll be less and less enjoyable as the weather worsens.
The Restaurant ★★★☆☆☆
I didn’t particularly like the setting, but I believe it would’ve been a lot nicer if we had sat in the library or in the veranda by the window. I recommend asking for such seats if you ever make the booking.
The Beverage Selection ★★★☆☆
Unlike most other brunches in the city, the brunch doesn’t include any beverages (excluding tap water). I tried the House cocktail and the coffee, each was descent.
The absence of a juice bar is the most regrettable…
The Savouries ★★★☆☆
The savoury stations feature several choices of soups, salads, cold cuts, cheese and bread.
There are several hot dishes on offer, which is where this brunch shines brighter. I loved the Goulash and Gnocchi.
However, I find it quite surprising that there were no dishes on order from the kitchen (egg benedict, omelet, etc…) included with the brunch. Highly unusual for brunch in this price range…
The Cakes & Sweets ★★★★☆
The sweets buffet is good, with a choice of cakes, ice creams and perhaps most importantly, a chocolate fountain. Everything is tasty but a bit below the Viennese standards (e.g. no Croissantsà.
The staff is pleasant but overwhelmed, as was the kitchen staff who wasn’t able to refill the buffet in due time (e.g. often out of bread). Bonus point for the dog-friendliness!
Conclusion & Overall Mark ★★☆☆☆
The Schloss Wilhelminenberg brunch is mostly about the setting, whether it’s the view (remarkable) or the Jazz (each first Sunday of the month, untested). Add one or two stars if you go for the Jazz brunch or if you manage to get a table by the window.
Unfortunately, the food and beverage selection pales in comparison to other brunches in the city, be it the Sans Souci brunch (my favourite in Vienna) or the Grand Ferdinand brunch (which also offers a nice view).
+: The view of Vienna
+: Library and Veranda
+: The Jazz?
+: The decent food selection
-: Average setting (main room)
-: No drinks included
-: Dishes on order from the kitchen (egg dishes) are extra
-: Buffet empty towards the end
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