Café Himmelblau opens on Saturday at 8m and doesn’t take any reservations on that day. I figured arriving at 9am would give me the edge to choose a nice table looking out over the Kutschkermarkt in the 18th district. But far from it. Café Himmelblau was packed already and I only snatched a table in the garden room. So no people watching on this day, instead it was full concentration on my breakfast. Too bad then that the service is rather on the slow side and the breakfast took forever. Not enough service people and a full coffeehouse is not a good combination.
My friend had arrived in a bad mood, so maybe his comments to his breakfast might need to be taken with a grain of salt. Waiting for his coffee always makes him edgy. Eventually though his coffee arrived and a bit later his breakfast sandwich ‘Sunny side Up’ and all was well. At least until he complained about the dryness of his sandwich. ‘Sunny Side Up’ is a fancy toast with good quality ham, cheese, and grilled pepper, in between very thick slices of bread and an egg on top. The tomato jam on the side didn’t help to compete with the dry factor. He was just not happy that morning.
I don’t know what came over me but I ordered ‘Das Gartenbeet’ (the vegetable patch) with fresh market vegetables, avocado, a soft-boiled organic egg, roasted cauliflower, marinated fennel, red beet relish, a small granola muesli with yogurt, cream cheese with herbs, two slices of bread and a small organic apple and carrot juice. Sounds like a lot? It also was a huge plate of vegetables. Not sure what I expected but probably more taste. I liked the cauliflower and the cream cheese a lot. But to call the tomatoes and cucumbers market vegetables was maybe a bit exaggerated. The granola was tasty though. Overall there was a lot of stuff on my plate but not a lot which tasted good.
Coffee was really good though. Café Himmelblau’s popularity, which can’t only come from the lack of coffeehouses in the area, is immense according to the number of guests. Maybe they have really good cake? Yours, Pollybert
1180 Wien, Kutschlergasse 36
Tel: +43 660 7741410
Mon-Fri: 08:00-19:00, Sat: 08:00-18:00, Sun: 09:00-18:00