I had a late lunch at Buxbaum's on a grey, overcast, cold almost-Christmas winter day. As soon as I stepped through the wooden door into the courtyard, I knew I'd made the right choice. The sounds of the city fall away; you step into a welcoming minimalist atmosphere; the staff are superb and friendly.
I chose the fixed 4-course menu and asked the waiter to recommend a red wine to go with it. I appreciated that, while 4 courses is more than I would typically eat, I left feeling full but not horribly so. The portions are realistic as well as beautifully presented.
The starter was smoked lakefish: somewhat meaty, light smoked flavor, accompanied by a crisp dressed salad and horseradish puree - the first time I've actually enjoyed eating horseradish. The soup was a light beef consommé with thinly sliced pancakes rather than noodles - a clever take that worked well. The main was perfectly prepared wiener schnitzel with a fresh salad and cold savory potatoes - a sneakily "simple" dish that highlighted the flavors. The dessert was an apple dumpling in custard - while this wasn't my favorite dish of the evening, that is due to my tastes, not the preparation of the food. The dumplings - more like tiny bread loaves with apple filling - were freshly baked with a good not-too-dense texture and the custard was rich but not overwhelming sweet.
For those who are concerned about the time required to dine: welcome to Europe. You are allowed to enjoy your food here; no dish will arrive at your table until the previous one is taken away; no waiter will hover over you while you're trying to have a conversation. Take the time to actually enjoy the experience of eating good food and you won't be disappointed.