Delicious meal with friendly staff, even when they're busy with a full house. Huge portions so no danger of going hungry, yet still managed to squeeze in a slice of Poppy Seed Cake topped off with lovey coffee, which comes beautifully presented with water and a tiny Milka - totally worth the squeeze.
The one thing in London that I haven't been able to find is a great cup of coffee. Even the Starbucks tasted off. Caffe Nero was okay. The hotel was awful. The work joe tasted like coffee'd up tea. It's like New York that way. You would THINK that there would be good coffee everywhere but it just isn't the case.
I hadnt yet found anything to compare to Vivace or intelligentsia or...well, any of huge amazing Los Angeles coffee places.
This place came the closest.
The coffee menu is depicted by color, light to dark roast. As is done in Austria, I guess.
The pastry, gluten free, was very nice.
The side chocolate was a perfect complement.
And the waitress was terrific. Helpful, funny, almost non existent except when she was needed. And she seemed to be handling the entire place alone.
For her alone this place gets the 4th star.
I would probably be a regular if I lived here,
Brilliant Austrian spot. For every fan of the culture or just trying to get some new vibe, I recommend trying this cafe. The cakes are delicious and judging by the queue that swirls through the dinner hours, it's also a must. They have tried really hard to deliver an authentic Austrian experience for foodies and ordinary people in search of something new (like me).
So, in a glimpse: try the cakes and the schnitzel if you're in for dinner.
Sunday afternoon. We were looking for a really and warm cup of coffee around Angel. Everything was closed. We looked on yelp (yeah!) and the app recommended us this Austrian place. We could take a sit straight away (although there was a queue for dinner)
We sat next to the cake display (lucky us), so we could not go without trying a couple of cakes with our coffee: Espresso cake and Sachertorte (an Austrian classic). The coffee was OK but the cakes: OMG (specially Sachertorte). The espresso cake was a little bit dry but worth it anyway. The staff was really friendly and sweet (even though it was Sunday).
The place was cosy and tidy. Not really overdecorated. They sell some Austrian products as well (they have a small display for it, really cute)
It was more than worth it :)
If you wandering around Camden passage after a lazy afternoon of antique shopping, then Kipferl is a great place to take a load off and indulge in some classic Viennese tea house fare.
The place was quite busy on Saturday afternoon and tables don't turn over too fast, however, it gave us a great change to inspect all their cakes which looked amazing!
After sitting down we ordered some teas which arrived Viennese style on a tray with water and milka chocolate. The wife ordered a slice of Apfelkuchen which was apparently delicious and I ordered the sausages with sauerkraut, pickles, rye bread, mustard and freshly grated horseradish. Next time I'm going to also indulge in some of their Austrian beers too.
Overall this is a really nice relaxing space, with reasonable prices, and I'm looking forward to coming back again.
...Also if you really like the food you can buy it straight off the shelves. We observed 2 Austrian girls buying enough food for a family feast including 2 bags of sausages, Viennese wines, beer and entire sacher torte.
I admire in my Austrian friend her incredible efficiency. That's not exactly why I like to do weekend work at Austrian café Kipferl, but the fun yet functional environment does keep me motivated and focused. It also helps that there is no background music to compete with my thoughts--just the comforting whir of the milk steamer, and the occasional clattering of plates being stacked in some doubtless efficient manner.
The crowd fit right in--some for work, some for play, all for pleasure. Art supply and art book-wielding, bespectacled and sneakered, chatting and computing--anyone is welcome. I even saw a small girl in one rocking princess outfit.
My starter-sized spinatknödel was an oily comfort, a good holdover between lunch at The Narrow Boat and dinner at Meguro. I'll come back sometime else to try the spätzle, when I want to kick up the fun over the functional. And I'm considering wearing my princess outfit for that occasion.
Perfect service, extremely friendly the coffee we had was of the highest quality at a very reasonable price.
Decor is very homely yet unique will defiantly come back for a cake next time
I get this cravings for the German sausages once in a while, so we went for Saturday lunch. The service was soooo slow and believe it or not, they ran out of frankfurters by 12:30pm. So we ended up with Hanagrian spicy sausages which weren't spicy. They came boiled lukewarm and with small slices of rye bread, pot of grated dry horseradish (what's the point?), mustard, pickles (wonderful) and horrible overcooked bland saurkraut which was the worst I've ever eaten. They charge £2.70 extra for this awful saurkraut and pickles, so just order without. Scnitzel smelled and looked good. We will try it for dinner one day.
I hope they do something about the slow service. One guy was serving 10-12 tables at the back. There were other guy serving at the front and two ladies behind the counter but God knows what they were doing. We ended up taking our bill to the counter to pay. They do need another serving staff at peak times.
Ooooh how did I not already know about Austrian cake!?
We met up with some friends in Angel, and one of them insisted that we come here, partly because he is Austrian, and loves their coffee/cakes, and partly because he thinks the waitresses are cute. There wasn't any space left inside, but we nabbed a table on the doorstep to enjoy some of this lovely (chilly) summer day.
This place isn't perfect - they were pretty slow to serve us, and then brought (and charged us for) an extra coffee. The waitress insisted that we ordered 3 cappuccinos, although we really only ordered 2 (I know this because I don't drink coffee, and never have, she must just have assumed I wanted to drink something. Ah well.) However all three cakes were looovely, so I still think this place is A-OK.
Now I have discovered this land-of-cake-joy, I am sure I'll come back here again, and I'll probably have to increase my rating if they don't bring me an unwanted drink again!
Would you like "wos hinter die kullissen schiabn"?
Come again? - The above is a Viennese idiom for "eating"...the literal translation being "to put something backstage".
Anyway, this has little to do with what I want to talk about in this review - namely the opening of Kipferl's new location in Angel - after they sadly closed my beloved store near the Barbican. In fact, I was a little sceptical when I found out that they're gonna open a new and bigger store in Angel: would they be able to make it as cozy, intimate and charming as the original location? Would they be able to keep up the good service and the high quality when opening a bigger store?
The unanimous answer of my multiple selves is: YES! In fact, I like the new location even better: the design is modern, yet tasteful and cozy. Everything is impeccably clean and proper - yet that doesn't mean it's sterile and cold...it's in fact a very inviting space and I can easily imagine having breakfast, lunch and dinner here in one day!
Additionally, I really appreciate that the owner of the Kipferl has very high standards and knowledge when it comes to providing excellent service. I was overhearing today how he was training his staff (that just started today) and what he told them was exactly what I have internalized after many years of working in the 5-star hotel industry! In fact, I was feeling this tingling in my fingers again - this tingling of wanting to own my own café one day! And guess what...I would want it to look, feel, smell, sound and taste like Kipferl!
Now, I'd like to finish up with a final lesson in Viennes: "an Elefontn auf da Blosn hobn"...the literal translation being "to have an elephant sitting on your bladder"... and indeed I now have to run to the bathroom after all this Viennese coffee I've been drinking...ba ba!!!
Note: There is nothing German about this place - Austrian *all* the way.
Ok, I'll be honest, I'm not a German/Austrian border-guard food scientist. I haven't the faintest idea what makes Austrian food Austrian and German food German. But I will blind you with my science of analyzing a damn good coffee, and I can happily report that Kipferl's Viennese coffee takes the knodel. (The Austrian type, NOT the German variety, mind you.)
There are few better ways to while away a Saturday morning than sitting in Camden Passage, sipping a Viennese coffee and munching on a giant cheesy sausage... and that's no euphemism, folks!
Great place. Since it opened I have been there multiple times. The food is great and actually really Austrian. Service is friendly and it is just a lovely modern-Austrian atmosphere.
The only negative thing that I experienced last time was that they served an otherwise wonderful cheese omlette in the pan. I did not mind the pan, I actually liked it but the pan had this metal taste that you sometimes get with metal pans. For me that taste reduced the great taste of the mountain cheese omlette. The other small thing that I would change with the omlette is not to put balsamico vinegar on top of the mointain cheese omlette. I ordered it twice and the second time they did that. I don't think it is actually a good match.
But these really are minor issues, overall the place is a great addition to the food scene in islington!
The above was my first review. After going there many more times. I have to say this is truly a wonderful place with great value for money!
I have been trying to grab a table here for *so* long. Anywhere that serves Kaffee und Kuchen in Angel is on my must visit list and Kipferl's Kuchen looked particularly mouth watering through its windows on Camden Passage. However, every time I tried to pop in it was full, forcing me to find satisfaction elsewhere. Yesterday, there was finally room and we were escorted to a little table with a good view of the cake selection.
As other reviewers have said, Kipferl is Austrian all the way. As a result, coffee comes in a few unfamiliar forms. I can't remember what I had but it was a bit like a big Macchiato or a short Cappuccino (depending on your point of view) and was a perfect accompaniment to the Sachertorte which accompanied it. Service was brisk and friendly and the atmosphere was filled with the contended noise of cake munching. Clearly, this place is popular for good reason.
I haven't tried the restaurant part yet which serves (surprise surprise) Austrian fare. However, if it is of the same standard as the Kaffee/Kuchen part it looks a good bet to me for a weekend meal!
2 days after a great weekend in Vienna I went antiques shopping in Camden Passage and stopped for late lunch at Kipferl, totally randomly. The place is very simple but stylish. Popped in, got a menu, received a big smile. As I went through the food I realised I am in an Austrian place and had a nice chat about it with the waitress. Food was delicious and service very efficient with no fuss about it. I enquired about their beers and they were able to describe them all.
I went back 4 or 5 times, took friends there, my parents on a pre Sadler's Wells show and each time it was a success. Good portions, good food, good location.
Few annoying points though: the noise from the bathroom, the draught from the door at the back of the room where it is freezing in winter, and the take away cakes a bit too pricey.
I've been back and I'll go back again.
Did you know about Austrian soul-food? Well if you didn't, Kipferl will educate you in it. Hearty Austrian dishes will hit the spot on cold blustery London evenings (or afternoons). With a charming location and cozy interior, Kipferl is the perfect place to take a date. Be sure to book ahead as it fills up quickly!
On a personal note, I went once having made a reservation via open table. Due to some sort of error the reservation hadn't been recorded. However, the host graciously seated us anyway (the place was quite full) and made no sort of to-do about the whole thing. Lovely service (and great coffee too!)
Kipferl is a cute Austrian cafe and sits comfortably along this stretch of Camden passage. The food is good but pricey for what it is. They have a nice selection of cakes and apparently their coffee is pretty good too.
The decor is all unfarnished wooden surfaces with low hanging lampshades that you'll knock you head into if you're not careful.
It wasn't too busy that we had to wait long for a table for 6 on a Saturday at 1pm but by 2pm the queue had grown substantially.
I am a bad Austrian. After one year and about 130 posts, I have not blogged about a single Austrian restaurant/cafe in London. I have been wanting to go to Bistro Delicat in Battersea forever, but somehow it just never happened. The other noteworthy Austrian etablissement in London is Kipferl. A little cafe just behind the Barbican it has achieved some critical acclaim for its cakes and coffee. Now, while walking through the Antiques Market in Camden Passage last weekend, I stumbled upon a second Kipferl.
What is 'Kipferl' you might wonder, after you probably have unsuccessfully tried to pronounce it. A Kipferl is a very Austrian thing, it is something to eat and it's all about the crescent shape.
HungryinLondon is not only about fun but also about education, therefore here a little history lesson for you:
The Austrian Kipferl is said to be the ancestor of the French Croissant. Marie Antoinette, the daughter of the Austrian Empress Maria Theresia, married Louis XVI and brought her favourite bakery with her to France. As opposed to the French croissant however, the Austrian Kipferl is made of brioche and is much lighter.
No Sunday breakfast is complete in Austria without a Kipferl, it is usually halved and eaten with butter and honey or jam. Some people (I am not one of them shakesindisgust) dunk it into their sweetened coffee or hot chocolate.
The second most famous Kipferl is the Vanille-Kipferl, predominantly eaten in the pre-Christmas and Christmas period. Every housewife has her own secret Vanille Kipferl recipe (I shall post my mum's if she is ever going to tell me) and this Christmas cookie (mainly consisting of butter and sugar) is main reason why most Austrians are 3 kilos heavier after Christmas.
Photo from The Hungarian Girl
The Kipferl in Islington now, is a new and shiny cafe/restaurant, all white and wood with loads of natural light. It also has a few tables outside in case the summer ever comes.
As I was just coming from a very extensive lunch, I only had a coffee, which was very nice. Particularly with the little Milka Chocolate, which is by far the dominating chocolate brand in Austria. The Austrians among you will probably recgonize the plate: It's from Aida, a Viennese coffee shop institution. You have one on almost every corner and it is characterized by grumpy waitresses and 70s style furniture (not in a cool way but in an old way 70s if you know what I mean). I couldn't help feeling a pinch of nostalgia upon spotting these plates.
There is a nice selection of Austrian cakes to choose from (I actually can't wait to try them) and a small selection of Austrian dishes such as Tafelspitz, Wiener Schnitzel and Kaiserschmarrn.
I am a bit homesick at the moment, so I was thrilled to find my favourite Austrian newspaper there, and it was even the current one!
Kipferl also sells the Austrian beer that I used to get drunk on as a teenager.
Finally I know where I will get my Styrian Pumpkinseed Oil ('Kernoel') from. The pitch-black oil is beautiful on salads but interestingly also works with vanilla ice.
I am intrigued and happy about having found an affordable, friendly and authentic Austrian place in London. I shall certainly be back!
Great Austrian restaurant near Angel. As a Schnitzel-addict, this place is absolutely essential for me, since it is the only restaurant in London that serves decent, authentic (and very reasonably priced!) food. Apart from the Schnitzel, the Goulash is excellent, too. And if you have any room left after your main DO try the Kaiserschmarrn - delightful.
Also good for breakfast/brunch, but it does get very busy, so worth calling ahead.
Lovely Weiner Schnitzel and Salads served up by clock watchers with a completely inflexible approach to serving seated customers. Arriving after a busy work day at 21:07 we were promptly informed that the kitchen would be closing in ten minutes and that we needed to order our mains straightaway. We had a few minutes with a nice Austrian red wine and starters. The restaurant being almost completely full, the mains took about 20 minutes to serve. The schnitzel and goulash were tender and tasty and as we were finishing up we enquired about dessert. No, not possible was the response case closed. When we mentioned that no one asked if we wanted anything more, we wrote informed that we were warned of imminent kitchen closure when we arrived. Altogether a big disappointment good foot but spoiled by haughty, rude and uninterested servers.
Decent lunch, good coffee (plus they give you water), but on our visit on Saturday afternoon the service was very slow. The waiter was perfectly nice but everything just took rather too long, so leave yourself a lot of time.
My bf loves anything German/Austrian related, so when I discovered there was a new Austrian cafe in Islington I decided to take him there. We had a lovely meal with a few drinks and finished our little outing by eating cake, and drinking kleiner brauner, gorgeous or should I say wunderbar lol Located in a lovely part of Islington and definitely will be returning with my partner sometime in the future :-)
So I did get back here because the line at the Breakfast Club we deemed to be too long. We could have waited the line at BC, because at least that place knows what service is unlike Kipferl. Interfaced with two wait staff--yes, the same bad guy from the previous review and a surly woman. The food took forever, had to hail them for the bill, and they just well, sucked. The clincher was that when the guy described the Austrian Farmer breakfast, he neglected to mention a couple of ingredients, one being mushrooms, and mushrooms are the one food I despise. So I was grumpily picking out mushrooms. Oh, and it was so hot and stuffy in there. Thoroughly disappointed.
I visited Kipferl some weeks ago and I liked it! Not like a viennesse coffee house but still good. I ordered a apfelstrudel and tea. Both really good. The staff was friendly and on my way out I bought a bottle of wine and Mozartkugeln. For me its good that they are so near there I live so I will certainly go back! And I can speak German with them which is good and also makes it feels like I'm back in Austria.
Since returning from Australia I have found it hard to find a decent coffee in London, but Kipferl delivers just that. Coupled with delicious cakes and friendly staff it is a perfect break from Saturday shopping.
Great place for coffee and sausages for Sunday brunch...menu a little limited, but that's the Europeans for you...not rushed off the table at all despite it being busy.
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