The Highlander is, simply put, my favourite restaurant in Vienna. My former housemates will attest that I have spent (although I prefer to say ‘invested’) thousands of euros in this restaurant attempting to acquire the hallowed moniker of stammkunde. There were many nights when I was lured in by the promise of fantastic, wholesome Austrian food.
It’s rarely less than excellent: the food is always fantastic, the home-brewed beer is great, and the staff are always friendly and attentive. The staple menu consists of typically Austrian dishes such as ‘Holzhackernockerl’, a sort of fried noodle with vegetables and ham, and ‘Blunz’ngröstl’ (every bit as fantastic as it sounds): a black pudding hash with pearl barley and potatoes. However, the food on offer changes with the seasons. You can be sure that everything is prepared freshly and to a high standard. There’s a strawberry time, an asparagus season and even a period where chanterelle mushrooms (known in Germany as Pfifferlinge and in Austria, charmingly, as Eierschwammerl) take centre stage.
Perhaps best of all is the monthly all-you-can-eat buffet, priced at € 17: come early, enjoy the food and keep picking for hours and hours until you can move no longer. This takes place during the first Sunday of every month, but be aware that places must be booked in advance.
Take the 37/38 tram from Schottentor to Canisiusgasse. There’s even a midday lunch menu. I cannot speak highly enough of this place. Come and see for yourself what the fuss is all about!