Ok, this is the final Vienna post! I wanted to try Trzesniewski, a little sandwich shop that Charmaine had written about, and the only opportunity we could find was on Monday morning. We went to their original shop on Dorotheergasse (on the same street as Café Hawelka) and at first thought it might be closed as their imposing doors appeared to be firmly shut. A quick glance at the opening hours stated that it should have been open – we tried the door and well…yeah, it was open. I blame it on the lack of windows!


Sandwich shop doesn’t describe them well; they sell delicate little open face sandwiches and upon entry, we were immediately before a long glass display of them – so many from which to choose! If it’s one thing I’ll remember about Vienna, it’s the seemingly endless choice one is confronted with in the cafes. They very helpfully have a list of their sandwiches all translated in English at the end of the counter….and I only noticed it after I’d ordered, meaning that I’d had to work everything out in German. I now know that Zwiebel is onion.


We selected a few to share as a small snack (each open faced sandwich is €1.10) along with a couple of tiny juices. Tiny they may have been but that was just enough juice to quench our thirst. The sandwiches were made of brown bread topped with chopped mixtures. I particularly enjoyed the sardine with onion and the dark red one at the end that was supposed to be tomato but tasted mostly of pickle. A creamy egg mayonnaise mixture features in many of the toppings; I quite like it but there is the chance that you could have it on everything if you don’t choose wisely.

Sandwiches and Juices

It’s not a place to while away the time – most locals don’t even bother sitting down, preferring instead to perch by one of the counters. Many also order a Pfiff (a tiny glass stein of 1/8 of a litre of beer) to drink with their snack.

On our way out, this egg with egg topping made me laugh.

Ei mit Ei!

We only managed this short visit but then how happy was I to discover that a new branch of Trzesniewski had opened at the airport?! It’s in Arrivals and so you’d need to buy your sandwiches before security. We asked to takeaway our sandwiches and the stern lady at the counter (no, not stern, actually very unfriendly) packed our sandwiches into the cutest box with a handy string handle. They made for a delicious light dinner on the airplane.



They were certainly much nicer than the egg sandwich served by our airline. On the takeaway box was their web address and I was amused to see that it’s www.speckmitei.at – I think many people must have trouble spelling its name!

Dorotheergasse 1
1010 Wien

Flughafen Wien Schwechat
Ankunftshalle A

There are other branches – do check out their website.

That brings my Vienna posts to an end – all my photos from this trip can be found in this Flickr photoset. That’s not all from Austria though – I’m heading to Innsbruck next month and I welcome any and all suggestions for the city please.

It’s British Sandwich Week! I’m responding to a call for sandwich posts by Browners over at Around Britain with a Paunch – he’ll be rounding up all posts over at Londonist (I’ll link to it when it’s up). The only rule was this: it has to be a British sandwich from an independent shop. I set about in search of one in South Kensington, where I work.

I’ll be honest with you – unless it’s hot (toasted or with a hot filling), a sandwich rarely gets me excited; I usually grab one when I’ve lots of work and am short of time. The triangle packs of premade sandwiches in the fridges always make me shudder and I eat them out of desperation on those days (and yes, they make me utterly miserable). However, the sandwiches I had today at Raison d’Être were very craveworthy and I suppose they should be for that price! It’s a little cafe famed for their sandwiches set in the heart of the French enclave in South Kensington; today at lunch time, it was full of students from the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle just down the road. Run a search for the best sandwich shop in the area and the name of this cafe always comes up.

Rare Roast Beef, Rucola, Bruschetta

I orderd a roast beef sandwich, that which I felt was the most British of their offerings (the rest are quite French or Italian or….of unknown origin), from the sandwich men at the counter. Well, it’s not purely British – the full list of filling ingredients is rare roast beef, rucola, and bruschetta (actually, they meant the tomato topping normally found on bruschetta). Though nothing could be so quintessentially English as roast beef, this rare beef was so pink it would make any tender stomached Englishman gag; it was more like a carpaccio than roast beef. That said, it was delicious. The combination of ingredients made for a fresh tasting, yet substantial, sandwich that made for good eating and I wouldn’t mind having another one right now! All the ingredients were of excellent quality, the baguette soft yet crusty and the sandwich was generously filled.

Mirna, my partner in sandwich-eating crime, chose a toasted foccacia sandwich with Napoli salami, mozzarella, rucola and pesto. While the sandwich didn’t look very big, it did turn out to be very filling, with a generous amount of fresh mozzarella. I would give this sandwich almost two thumbs up if not for the prodigious amount of garlic in the pesto – I was chewing a lot of gum after lunch!

Napoli Salami, Mozzarella, Rucola, Pesto

These are definitely some of the best sandwiches in the area but they aren’t cheap (sandwich menu here). My sandwich was £5.75 (eat in) and Mirna’s was £6.75; it’s cheaper though if you takeaway. Not for everyday eating but definitely for a little lunchtime treat now and then.

Raison d’Être
18 Bute Street
South Kensington
London SW7 3EX