Viennese Hospitality for
over One Hundred Years .
1905 – the year the
legendary Schnitzel was born
It was back then that Johann Figlmüller opened a small wine tavern on Wollzeile, right behind St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Right from the start it stood for the unparalleled Viennese way of life: a restaurant that was always a fine place to chat and celebrate and that had a great menu and select local wines. And, of course, the original rendition of the schnitzel.
The brothers Hans Jr. and Thomas Figlmüller are still maintaining the tradition which is now in its fourth Figlmüller generation.
The Schnitzel: Dining at its Best
At Figlmüller fine dining goes beyond the edge of the plate: The average schnitzel measures roughly thirty centimeters in diameter and is eaten in no time. Why? Because it tastes tender, juicy, and is covered in a crispy coating.
For this delicious meal, Figlmüller chefs use only the best pork cuts, namely, the rose or tenderloin, a choice back piece which hardly puffs during frying. This results in a schnitzel that is quite a bit larger, thinner, and crispier than all the others.
The tenderloin weighs 250 grams and is pounded dutifully until the meat is wafer thin and ready for the egg and flour coating.
The coating is crowned with very special “imperial” breadcrumbs from Austrian emperor rolls, which are baked especially for Figlmüller and make the schnitzel so temptingly crispy.
Now the schnitzel is ready to be fried. And for this, the chefs need no less than three pans of cooking oil. But for that it is all the faster; a schnitzel needs just an estimated 30 seconds until it turns a yellowy golden color and lands on the plate.
Proof that the long-standing and traditional schnitzel maker works with the utmost perfection.
The Salads: Naturally Fresh
What goes along well with a true Figlmüller schnitzel? Why a genuine Viennese potato salad, of course, one that is known for its fine sweetness.
Those who prefer a different side dish with their schnitzel can choose from up to twelve crispy salads. It goes without saying that they are made fresh daily and prepared according to old family recipes.
Before we heat up the oil,
we make the tools glow.
At Figlmüller we pay attention to where the ingredients come from. The pork comes exclusively from farmers who we know personally.
And we place importance on sourcing all of the other ingredients from the region – a quality standard which has been certified since 2011 with the AMA Gastrosiegel: This certificate guarantees that guests are served regional dishes that have been prepared with raw ingredients from Austria – a philosophy that has long been dear to Figlmüller.
From Our Own Vineyards
The Figmüllers are busy restaurant owners: They produce their own wines to serve with the schnitzel and have been doing so since very early on. This is why you will find a Grüner Veltliner on the menu as well as a Welschriesling or a Blaufränkischer.
These Figlmüller wines come from their own vineyards around Vienna, from the Nussberg mountain and from Pfaffstätten in the Weinviertel in Lower Austria. The wine menu also features late harvest wines and dry berry wines from Seewinkel in Burgland.
Enjoying a Meal at Figmüllers is Easy
with Four Locations in Vienna
Success demands even higher standards. And that is why the Figlmüllers now have four locations in Vienna: In 2001, a second Figlmüller restaurant was opened on Bäckerstraße in addition to the flagship restaurant on Wollzeile.
In 2004, the former Figlmüller wine tavern became figls, an upscale restaurant in Döbling with a cozy beer garden.
The gastronomic range was rounded off by a coffee shop at Vienna Airport.
Known Around the World
When it comes to good hospitality word gets around and is spread far beyond Austria’s borders. So for many guest to Vienna enjoying a schnitzel at Figlmüller is a culinary must. Well-known artists, politicians and business people are also known to eat here.
Even renowned newspapers and TV stations like The New York Times, Die Zeit, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung or CNN have explored the myth of the Figlmüller schnitzel and have spread the word around the world.