My hamburger with bacon and cheese with salad.
The burgers are always of consistent quality. Big, juicy, well assembled. It's not everyday food, but it doesn't hurt once in while!
My Fettine di maiale con albicocche e noci.
The food is superb, as always. The chef has a thing for a sweet taste in savoury dishes and it works very well. See how they serve their famous sauteed carrots with every main? The carrots are to die for! Husband does not eat any cooked vegetables, except in soup, but happily munches away on these carrots.
I now know that 9p.m. on a monday is probably the only time when the restaurant is not fully occupied. It was though when we came at 19.30. Sometimes it's impossible to get a table there unless you make a reservation several days ahead and the place is sometimes fully booked even for lunch. Da Clara is not a fancy restaurant, it's a small, homey place so don't expect silver forks and crystal stemware.
We're very happy eaters but still couldn't finish our mains, next time we will not order 2 starters but only one to share, it's simply way too much food. The waitress will happily pack the leftovers in a "doggy bag" for you however! The portions they serve at lunchtime are smaller than those served for dinner. The service may appear a bit slow but it's very attentive, smiley and most importantly personal. I give 5 out of 5 for the service in Da Clara.
I always wonder why good service poses to be such a huge issue in restaurants. All we customers need is a bit of attention, some info and a smile! I guess I'm asking too much though.
The Schweineschnitzel. The menu says it is just as you will get it at Figlmüller, a famous Vienna restaurant known for its schnitzels. The schnitzel was massive and very well cooked, thin, crispy and well drained. I gave half of the schnitzel to Husband, there was no way I could ever finish it off by myself. We also had some roast potatoes, which were also good.
I like this place! They are now grilling a whole piglet every Saturday, I think it's worth checking it out!
The photo above shows the samosas, chutneys and pappadums. I didn't take photos of the other stuff, it wasn't worth it. The samosas were the best dish, bursting with a tasty meat filling, they did go well together with the sweet mango chutney. The tomatoe chutney was nothing to shout about. The main courses were plain bad. The lamb was tough and almost impossible to chew. The lamb corma costs 255 crowns, for that you get about 8 2x2cm pieces of this terribly cooked meat and lots of lukewarm overly sweet and thick sauce. The butter chicken was a horror for me as a non eater of onions. The meat onion/ration was something like 1/5. In the tiny serving dish there were few pieces of overcooked chicken breast covered in an insipid red sauce consisting of finely chopped onions and oil. No creamy sauce typical for butter chicken whatsoever. And that for 219 crowns. The pulao rice was tasty.
I haven't had such a bad restaurant meal in a long time and when the bill was brought it became even more depressing. 850 crowns for food that was unpalatable. What a waste of time and money! :-(