This weekend we made a trip to Lake Neuseidl, which was on my summer list of things to do. Photos from the trip to come, but first a restaurant recommendation.
Less than an hour outside of Vienna, Mole West was, as far as my research indicated, the only “hip” locale on what’s otherwise a very traditional (but lovely) series of lake towns. The menu is varied, and ranges in price from the very reasonnable to the somewhat outrageous (18 euros for a hamburger? on a steppe lake? East of the Danube?) depending on the item. Nonetheless I had to purchase the outrageous hamburger as that’s what diplo-baby was craving. From my limited tasting, the small dishes and desserts were quite good, the hamburger passable for Austrian conditions (though let’s not kid ourselves, this is no Ray’s.) – my husband thought it was the best approximation we’ve found so far. It’s delightfully served with exactly four “wedges potatoes” spread out artistically across the plate, although, to be honest, I had seven wedges potatoes and my husband had one wedges potato. It’s okay, he doens’t really like potatoes and I’m Polish. And pregnant.
Online reviews have complained about the service at Mole West, and while I wouldn’t say that it’s the most attentive, we didn’t find a problem with it. Caveat emptor, there’s not much for English skills with the wait staff – Toto, we’re defnitely not in Vienna anymore. However, they do have an English menu, which is half the battle, and the website is available in English as well.
We were there for lunch, but the time to really show at Mole West is at sunset, and their website has a handy dandy sunset counter to help you make timely reservations. Open water, open skies and a dead on view of the sunset – sounds like a good place for people without summer homes. Or fall homes…or winter homes…sunsets and cocktails go together year round.
7100 Neusiedl Am See
Photography from Mole West Presse.