To have a decent dinner at 21:30 during the week isn’t that easy – most kitchens close at 22:00, theirs does at 23:00. So we went for Skopik&Lohn, which has been on my to-do-list for a long time now. I’ve always been seeing the lovely garden and the fancy interior, telling myself to go there one day.
The restaurant’s style and atmosphere is just magic – the wooden panelling, the neat table settings, the interior design by Austrian artist Otto Zitko and the sunnyboy-waiters in their white jackets – everything just adds up to an atmosphere of a french brasserie somewhere in stylish Paris. The crowd is classic bobo – you have journalists, creatives and opposite of us was even a sugar daddy with a blonde hottie in a fur coat. You have to like (or at least accept) that in order to be comfy there.
The waiters were friendly but quite unattentive (not pouring wine/water, not asking etc.). For the couvert (2.5€ !) they offered baguette and salted french butter:
We ordered half a liter of the house red, which is very well priced (8€). It turned out to be a light, quite pleasant company for the evening (though it was served too warm). Then we started of with two entrées:
The risotto was nice, though not thrilling. Nice fresh tomato taste with a big junk of decent buffalo mozarella. For my taste the rice was slightly too hard, but over the question of the perfect risotto-consistency small wars have been fought 🙂 The poppyseed however didn’t add any significant taste. The beef tartare was pleasing, well temperatured and very tasty. The cream and capers added a nice twist to the fresh meat.
Then the main course:
My company went for a green salad. They charged 4.5€ for it…which is quite…ambitous for some salad leaves thrown on a plate. I had pork cheeks with oktopus and pea cream: The pork cheeks were nice and fatty (though a little bit tasteless), the octopus had just the perfect consistency. Pea cream….was there too. Don’t get me wrong – the dish was good (and the portion was quite big) but it didn’t really make an impression on me.
For dessert I had a gâteau which was served warm with a liquid chocolate core. Very nice, not too sweet and very savory. It had some mascarpone and cherries on the side.
Honestly I left the place with very mixed feelings: It is definetely overpriced – 1 or 2 euros off on every dish would be fairly justified (we payed 65€ for everything). The food is fair average, not more. But the place is just magic and incredibly beautiful – definetely a place to take your girlfriend to…