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21 September 2016
We were in Marylebone High St, and are great fans of the Delaunay, so thought we would give its "little sister" a try. We were quite disappointed. We didn't find the food or the service up to nearly the same standards.
25 January 2016
We had brunch here yesterday (which I have always preferred to the lunch and evening menus), but something was different this time. I had my "usual" - crispy bacon and fried egg roll and my husband had the rosti, black pudding and poached egg (with a side of bacon). Now considering it very clearly states "crispy" bacon, you would expect that but for some reason half of the bacon in the roll was crispy and the rest was barely cooked, same for the side of bacon that my husband ordered. Also, the rosti was so overcooked it was just one large crisp which shattered into pieces upon impact with a fork. Disappointing as I have always loved their breakfasts. Also service was pretty slow and we had to ask 3 times for a jug of tap water, despite the restaurant being half empty. We walked away not convinced that we would return. I think the new Ivy restaurant at the end of the high street has stolen a few customers and for now, I can see why, they need to up their game.
18 June 2015
We are going for the second time taking our good friends. Love the place.
02 May 2015
We stumbled on this restaurant quite by chance. 5 minutes late for breakfast, the haughty welcome girl gave us the cold "you're not really our type of guest" look - water off a duck's back! The waitress was extremely nice and friendly though - east european so fitted in marvellously. The ambience is very Prussian, wood panelling, loads of photos everywhere. Very fin de siecle. The herring was to die for and the bread was fantastic, sausages and sauerkraut was really authentic as was the potato salad and the desserts were really fab. We had hazelnut and chocolate pudding washed down with great beer on tap. Not sure about the big clock there, nor the snooty attitude, but if you want to spend some serious money for an old world Austrian experience, this place will do it for you.
28 March 2015
Those of romantic nature may now leap back a hundred years and spend an hour or two in Schnitzler's Vienna. Corbin & King, who have brought us The Wolseley, The Delaunay and others have now opened Fischer's in Marylebone High Street and, although the interiors are totally new they are convincingly Viennese. Dress up or at least dress eccentrically as the punters, even on a Friday lunchtime, seemed keen to be part of the atmosphere.
As with its sister restaurants, it is in the high quality of the ingredients in which Fischer's excels The hake was straight out of the sea and beautifully seasoned. The broccoli was perfectly cooked and full of flavour. Unlike some of its kin (one thinks of Cafe Colbert in Sloane Square), service is efficient but not rushed. It is, in fact, impeccable. We had lunch with coffee in under an hour.
Desserts are, of course, derived from old Vienna. These are less successful. The Sacher torte was a rich chocolate cake that was only vaguely reminiscent of the original. The Esterhazy lacks flavour and is nothing more than a mass produced custard millefeuille with an extra layer or two. The chocolate and Grand Marnier Dobos was far more inspired but again was rather lacking in flavour. The coffee was watery and far from robust.
FIscher's may evoke gentle days of gracious hostesses thanked with bread-and-butter notes, but please note that you should avoid the bread and butter. The bread is a bland brown affair with the taste of old cardboard. The butter is a whipped concoction with paprika that was truly foul. It reminded me of the nasty and lardy sandwich fillings we used to be given when attending children's parties given by careless parents. I strongly recommend that Fischer's repents quickly from this terrible error of judgement and moves on.
This is a very pleasant restaurant with a charming atmosphere, excellent service and delicious main courses. It has minor flaws that are easily corrected. Oddly, they arise in the areas in which Vienna greatly excels: pastries, coffee and bread and butter. If Fischer's manages to correct these Danubian staples, which should be easy enough, it will merit even greater applause from its already full house.
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