Vienna appears to get swamped with new French restaurants, or as the French call them, bistros and brasseries. After the delicious breakfast at Ma Belle I was interested to see what Le Pic created for the morning meal. Le Pic tries hard to create French chic. I am just not sure if it really works, all the places I have been to in France are rather less well put together. Never mind though, it comes across as cozy with a touch of trying too hard. It’s a bit weird though, especially that bottles of mineral water were already on the table. When we have the best tap water in the world! Le Pic feels remarkably like a tourist trap.
The menu then reads rather uninspired, so my friend gets a croissant with everything, while I order the avocado toast with a poached egg. The croissant is great. Even though my companion is a bit grumpy, after a while he manages a compliment for it. So the French charm worked here.
The avocado toast was very tasty as well. But the bread was so crunchy that it’s easier to eat by hand than with cutlery. I was also happy with the many green onions on top, but this was because I went home afterwards. In case you have different plans, beware! The poached egg looked as if it lost a lot of egg white in the pot and the yolk was no longer liquid. Which simplifies eating the toast by hand but is not the purpose of a poached egg.
In the end, I can’t help myself, the restaurant is kind of weird. There was a lot of noise coming out of the kitchen that morning. And that despite the early hour and only three occupied tables. The whole place has a strange vibe in a way, starting with the mineral water bottles already on the table, and ending with the lackluster menu. Maybe it was just me and I had an ‘off’ morning, or maybe it is the restaurant (as also mentioned by another friend). I guess it was the restaurant after all. I don’t think Le Pic is my kind of place, I never felt comfortable here. Yours, Pollybert
Le Pic Brasserie
1010 Wien, Dr.-Karl-Lueger-Platz 3
Tel: +43 676 4400735
Mon-Thu: 08:00-01:00, Fri-Sat: 08:00-03:00, Sun: 09:00-23:00