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EuroFlash: Speisen’s Menu Visits Several Continental Countries

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A single dumpling floats atop an honest bouillon soup.

Both composers would likely have sniffed at the strudel. The apple filling with walnuts was fine and not too sweet; that task was left to a flurry of powdered sugar. Adding raspberry purée and whipped cream studded with chocolate chips verged on “too many notes,” as the emperor said to Mozart in Amadeus, but in the long run, it was the less-than-crisp crust that scuttled the composition.

Nevertheless, “A good effort. Decidedly that. An excellent effort!” as Herr Emperor also said. I can only speculate on how he might have reacted to the automatic tinkles from the unmanned grand.



Speisen European Cuisine

7115 Blanco, Ste 110
(210) 541-8911
The Skinny Speisen boasts an Austrian heritage but casts a much wider pan-European net with dishes from schnitzel to stroganoff. The wine list is equally broad, though shallow, but some good beers are offered.
Best bets Stick to Austro-Hungarian dishes (think pork) with sauerkraut and spätzle; go with beer in lieu of wine; skip dessert—unless you must have chocolate cake.
Hours 11am-10pm Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat, noon-9pm Sun
Prices $16-$20 dinner entrees

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