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We’re fond of this Austrian café/restaurant, but it seems to have become a bit complacent. What’s listed on the menu isn’t always what appears on the plate, and too many dishes lack flavour.

A starter of smoked trout on toasted rye bread and cranberry horseradish emerged from the kitchen as a bland, supermarket-style fish, on a mountain of cream lightly tinged with cranberry and horseradish, plus a few fingers of bread. Beef goulash with spätzle (egg noodles) was OK, but had no depth of flavour, and the spätzle could have used a little more butter. Spinach dumplings with organic mountain cheese from Vorarlberg and green salad was tastier. Best was kaiserschmarrn – thick chunks of pancake, served with raisins and a little pot of morello cherries – though we wished the cherries had been served hot, as advertised.

The short wine list has some reasonably priced Austrian wines (also available to take away) – but don’t get too comfortable; the place closes at 10pm, and staff start clearing up well before, making it clear that diners should pay up and leave. Service is otherwise helpful, but on current showing, these light, modern premises are more suited to their daytime café existence, offering plates of sausage and sauerkraut, cakes (apple strudel, cheesecake), and coffees (served the Austrian way, with a glass of water and a little chocolate).

 

Venue name: Kipferl
Contact:
Address: 20 Camden Passage
London
N1 8ED
Opening hours: Open 9am-10pm Tue-Sat; 10am-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Angel
Price: Main courses £8.80-£16.80

Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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Lovely place to have authentic Austrian cuisine. The goulash and the Kaiserschmarren are fantastic, the schnitzel is good (although when I went there last, it lacked the evenly golden colour you would expect in Austria..). Good beer, friendly atmosphere - a must-visit for all expat Austrians and everyone who loves Austrian cuisine. Highly recommended.

Peter

Excellent in every way. Hearty delicious food, home made cakes and best coffee in London...by far. Definitely will return!

Shannon

great place, great food, great variety of meals, coffees, wine and cakes! haven't been there for the first time with my kids! very very child-friendly team!

Sandra

It is an okay place to go for breakfast, however I miss Macondo a lot. That place is not very child-friendly unfortunately. we might be back for a coffee but for a nice breakfast we go somewhere else.

Drox911

Had a fantastic brunch on Saturday morning, great coffee selection and huge omelet. Service was very friendly and the variety on the menu will need a few more visits to do justice