I was baffled when I told my friends about my great dinner at da Max Huth and most people were like “Max,who?”. How is is possible but everyone knows Plachutta and his restaurant but no one knows Huth even though there are three restaurants with his name in the restaurant name and these three are all right next to each other – it’s like as if he owns the whole street.?!
But let’s start from the top of my stay at the restaurant. I decided to try the grill house (there is also an Italian restaurant and an Austrian restaurant), as I rarely can say no to a good steak, burger or beef tartar. When I arrived, the restaurant was booked out, or even more than that, because despite my reservation there was no free table. Right away I was invited to the bar (which is more a short wooden board attached to the wall where two people can get seated – so no points for bar ambience here ;-)) for a glass prosecco on the house. This was very attentive of the restaurant manager, as my dinner partner has not arrived anyway so I had to wait anyway – with or without a table.
Finally seated, I checked the menu and two things surprised me – firstly the price of a glass of wine: €5, except for the house wine which is not winning any prices (I would know, I tried it). Secondly, a positive surprise for a big eater like me, there was no steak on the menu below 200g (7 oz) – go beef lovers!!
We started sharing a Casolette with Taleggio cheese and apple, served with sweet onion chutney and slightly grilled white bread. What can I say, a frying pan full of melted cheese can only be delicious – however, for apples being the second main ingredient in that dish it was very sparingly used.
Next was a Rib Eye Steak (300 g; 10,5 oz) medium rare. I do expect a steak cooked perfectly in grill house, hence I was a bit worried that the steak would be too bloody for my taste. I was surprised though to find it to be cooked on the medium side, which is good for me as this was exactly as I like it, but it was not medium rare, sorry.
Note to myself: no matter where you order steak in Vienna, order it one degree more bloody than you like it.
Enough with that though, the steak was amazing. Juicy, perfect taste, perfectly medium cooked. I decided to have rosemary potatoes as complementary side instead of fries which was not the best choices as the rosemary was parsley, and actually besides the green bits the potatoes weren’t seasoned at all. The other complimentary side – grilled garlic and herby garlic butter were both great.
I might seem very critical here, even though I started the review with a praise for the dinner, but I guess this is only in my nature expecting the best when paying my fair share at a restaurant. However, do net get encouraged to try this restaurant. I am pretty confident that you won’t get disappointed. Steak is great, service attentive, ambience homely but chic. The restaurant does not have a Gault Millau award yet as the other two restaurants do, but I could imagine it getting awarded next year.