If you read the October Van Mag issue featuring the best cheap eats in town, then you probably remember Baron Klaus Erich von Hochgotz’s Wiener schnitzel sandwich (cause one does not simply forget that). Well, he decided to give Chinatown a taste of Austria and is now opening a Kaffeehaus on E Pender St. “When I first got to Vancouver in 1998,” he says, “I got lost in Chinatown and fell in love with it. I’ve always wanted a place there.”
The Wiener schnitzel sandwich is not on the menu for now, but the “Sissi” (Hungarian Salami, whole-grain mustard) and the “Auerhahn” (oven-roasted turkey, homemade Cumberland sauce) might make up for it. You can also find the traditional Austrian potato salad and the famous apple strudel with Viennese whipped cream. As for the coffee (let’s not forget that it is a coffee shop), Baron von Hochgotz insists it is stronger than your regular cup. “It is a secret Austrian blend,” he says.