UPDATE: Vienna Lux is currently closed. They will be re-opening in September 2011 under new management and the new name will be That Schnitzel Place.
Vienna Lux is a little Hungarian eatery that opened last summer on the main floor of an apartment building in downtown Calgary. It has been a favourite lunch destination amongst my co-workers. The menu at Vienna Lux is fairly simple. It mainly consists of various sandwiches and a choice of two soups – guylas/goulash or the daily feature soup. The sandwiches are all $7.95 with a choice of toppings such as sautéed red cabbage, sautéed sauerkraut, pickles, sautéed onions, and hot peppers. It’s $1 extra for some of the toppings like cheese, roasted red peppers, or sautéed mushrooms.
Though I’m no schnitzel-connoisseur, I really enjoy the schnitzel sandwiches at Vienna Lux. My favourite is the Wiener Schnitzel which is basically veal escalope, breaded and pan-fried. The schnitzel is topped with a house made tomato sauce a served on a Kaiser bun. The sandwiches are huge as they are approximately 6″ in diameter and stacked with two large pieces of schnitzel. On most occasions, I can barely finish half of the sandwich. What I like most at Vienna Lux is that the sandwiches are freshly made to order and the schnitzel, though pan-fried does not taste greasy. The fresh Kaiser bun is soft and a good vehicle for sopping up the delicious house made tomato sauce.
Vienna Lux is one of the few places in Calgary that serves schnitzel. If you still have room after your sandwich, they also have a freshly baked dessert daily. I’ve never managed to try the dessert yet as I never have room after my schnitzel sandwich.
821 4 Ave. S.W.