For this week’s episode of ‘We Came, We Ate, We Drank!’, we visited the relaxed riverside restaurant dressed up as an English gentleman’s rowing club, Das Bootshaus.
We want you to know that we’re giving you 100% independent sneak peeks at these places with a fiercely honest flavour. Nobody paid us to eat here. On this occasion, we thought we’d check out the handsome rowing club on the Danube river, Das Bootshaus.
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What’s the menu made of:
If it’s fish and seafood you’re seeking on a warm summer’s day, Das Bootshaus has got you covered. Munch on a ‘Freshman’s trout’, or go the Calamari, codfish, or prawns, and there’s even a paella in the mix.
The crew also welcomes those who opt out of specialties of the deep blue, with veggie, pasta, and meat main dish alternatives, like a Pulled Pork with couscous, and their cornflake fried chicken dish called, ‘Gentle Chick.’
There’s a weekend breakfast (served 9–11:30am) involving a selection featuring a version of the sausage and bacon packed English Breakfast, a typical Viennese breakfast option, and a spread revolving around salmon and prosecco
What did we manage to do while waiting for our food:
After sitting outside enjoying the sound of the water lapping at the deck, we went inside and gawked at the the nautical themed decor of the restaurant, from the oars hanging on the walls, to the mermaid and the rowing boats hanging from the ceiling.
The only thing missing was a Big Mouth Billy Bass singing Al Green tunes, we thought momentarily to ourselves.
Recommended if you like:
Lengthy strolls along the Danube, a riverside view with your meal that makes you’re on holiday, quiet mornings and lively evenings, eating fish for breakfast, boats, finally having an excuse to wear your captains hat to lunch, anchor tattoos with a heart inside that says ‘I love Mommy’, having a reason to wear your Halloween sailor-costume (no, not your sailor moon one), breezy sunsets by the water
How would we describe the place to our Oma:
Hey Oma, Das Bootshaus is kinda’ exactly like one of those uber-sophisticated country clubs you see in those kitschy American sitcoms on TV, but with a waterside-flair that you hardly ever find in Austria.
It’s located in a quiet area, where there’s plenty of people your age doing some serious power walking, and everyone knows and greets each other. It’s soooo calm out here.
The place tries really hard to put out there its rowing tradition, which they apparently established around 1850 (around the time you were born, right?!), and you’ll see this reflected in every nook and cranny of the dining hall.
There’s actually four different seating areas, and the patio includes a sandy beach area.
Right across the street of the restaurant, there’s a wooden deck, where you can hang with your gals’ while watching hunky-looking grandpas swim by, and let your soft, gray hair sway in the breeze.
The person sitting next to us was wearing:
A large sun hat with glasses propped on top, and they were accessorised in fine gold jewellery, and a glass of Aperol Spritz in hand. They were clearly rowing in style.
A sunset experience with somebody you like getting naked with, drinking Kaiser Spritzer (because a Weißer Spritzer simply isn’t fancy enough), a chilled holiday-like summer breakfast by the river, a seafood feast, that one time a year to take your parents out and pay the bill, when you’re feeling like splurging and being fancy for an afternoon, after some fun in the Danube
Good to know…
If you’re up for getting bendy while finding your chakras and stuff, you should check out the regular outdoor yoga sessions that are held on Saturdays and Sundays on their waterside deck.