Restaurant Giorgina is the only commercial establishment on a side street off Herrengasse not far from Café Central. Since it operates only on weekdays, my wife and I had lunch there on the U.S. Presidents' Day holiday, when our offices were closed. The interior décor makes no pretensions of being chic, with bare walls and hardly any lighting, but the restaurant was packed with young professionals who appeared to gravitate there based on quality and value. And what value!
Restaurant Giorgina offers a two-course, daily lunch special (Mittagsmenu) for under €10. On the day we visited, the choice was between a soup and pork cutlet or salad and vegetable strudel. My pork cutlet was cooked through, but still moist, with a distinct flavoring of fresh rosemary. It arrived on a bed of roast potatoes with a side serving of a bundle of baby green beans wrapped in bacon. The cutlet and potatoes were seasoned with what appeared to be a paprika reduction. The soup entrée was a rich beef broth containing something like meatloaf along with slices of parsnip and carrots. My wife's choice, a salad from the a la carte menu, had a good selection of lettuce varieties and feta cheese. The cheese was distinctive, with a crumbly texture and a delicate flavor lacking feta's usual sharp edge. I had a very good quality glass of Carnuntum cuvee and my wife had a soft drink. Our tab, tip included, came to €25, not per person but total.
Our waitress was friendly and efficient. The restaurant's management had clearly absorbed the American approach of turning over tables to increase the take, so our dishes were delivered promptly. We finished lunch in an hour. The one drawback is that the menu is not printed, but written in chalk with an ornate and hard-to-read European cursive style on a blackboard set in the center of the dining room.
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