Vollpension is a delightful concept, so clever that I wish I had thought of it. The restaurant appears standard enough, but employs several older Austrian ladies called the Omas (grandmas in German) to bake their favorite home-made cakes and sell them alongside the main dishes. The motivation behind the idea is to give good working conditions to these elderly, but very active, women and at the same time to allow everyone to profit from their years of experience cooking home-made cakes.
True to its word, the cakes are varied and extraordinary. The selection is different every day depending on which Oma is present and which cake she intends to make. It makes repeat visits necessary so you can try and get a taste of them all.
Moreover, the main dishes are also quite tasty, particularly for a brunch-time meal over the weekend. The wait staff is friendly and the outdoor seating is pleasant in the coming spring. And because of its location on the lively Schleifmühlgasse, Vollpension makes a perfect start to the day of urban exploring.
It seems so obvious in retrospect: who wouldn’t want to actually have Oma’s home-made cooking available at all times? I would love to see this idea expand in the future.