A little piece of France in the heart of Vienna
If you are looking for real, traditional and tasty french cuisine without the snooty waiters or the pretentious tata this is the place to be. Right in the middle of the Freyung Passage (which by the way is worth a visit for itself) is this little bistro with its french tiled floors and vintage cupboards. This is my favorite french restaurant in Vienna and a lot better than Le Bol or Cafe Pierre.
The soup l’oignon – Onion Soup with Roquefort-Croutons is full of flavor and the perfect starter. If you are not in the mood for soup i can definitely recommend the steak tartare or the sardines millesimees (seasonal anchovies with Nizza Olives).
But the true reason i always comeback besides the beautiful interior, the paté and the 50 varieties of cheese are the Moules Marinieres – Mussels with a white wine shallot sauce and the Bouillabaisse.
Also if you are there for lunch they have a menu for 10 bucks which you should know is a steal. Although if you are only gonna go there once you should think if it’s worth skipping the moules or the mouthwatering tartare.
I am very happy to have the opportunity to eat a cuisine that in its own country is a national sport and a serious art form and at Beaulieu as i slurp my soup i have the distinct feeling that this is as close to the original taste i can get without actually driving to the Provence.
“This Bouillabaisse a noble dish is –
A sort of soup or broth, or brew,
Or hotchpotch of all sorts of fishes,
That Greenwich never could outdo;
Green herbs, red peppers, mussels, saffron,
Soles, onions, garlic, roach, and dace;
All these you eat at Terre’s tavern,
In that one dish of Bouillabaisse.”
by author William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863)
‘Ballad of Bouillabaisse’
BEAULIEU Épicerie fine & Bistrot
Palais Ferstel – Passage
1010 Vienna, Herrengasse 14/18
Entryway – Freyung 2 oder Herrengasse 14
+43 1 532 11 03
Mo-Sa 10 – 23:00
So 10 – 18:00