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Local review at Toast.ed: Everything should be right at Toast

Local review at Toast.ed: Everything should be right at Toast

At Toast.ed on Gumpendorfer Straße, you can get exactly that: toasted bread in a wide range of different shapes. There is room for improvement when it comes to salty things, if you like sweet things, this is the place for you.

It's usually a good idea for a restaurant to specialize in one thing. At the new Toast.ed – a very small, very clean new café located below Amonstiege in Vienna's Mariahilf – what a surprise: Toast. So, anything fits between two slices of bread. That's pretty promising in itself, because something as simple as a toasted sandwich can catapult you into heaven. As always with seemingly simple dishes, everything has to be just right.

Toast.ed has dozens of different versions, with or without eggs, vegetarian or with meat. Chicken curry, for example, and eggs with hummus and arugula or falafel. However, there is still much room for improvement in implementation. The beef toast in brioche (€8.80) is a toasted type of burger and therefore quite good. The Pealicious (pea pesto, walnuts, arugula, avocado, cheese, €7.80) is a disappointment with peas that look suspiciously like cans and unfortunately also taste like them: it's a shame, the combination actually looks good!

There's still a possibility of the bread itself, but maybe I'm more of a fan of Joseph's, Gommy's and Cheese's bread. For example, the grilled cheese sandwich at Café Kriemhild behind City Hall is really, really good…

But back to Gumpendorfer Straße. Anyone who loves sweets is in good hands here. There are not only imposters (for those who don't keep up with Instagram: this is a cross between a croissant and a biscuit, which was supposedly invented in a Parisian boulangerie), but also seven different types of French toast, from tiramisu to a kind of yeast dumpling for temptation. Eastern, and there is no saving in either serving size or sugar. The French toast with speccolo comes in a huge bowl with mascarpone cream, caramel biscuits, caramel sauce and caramelized bananas: you don't have to be afraid of a sugar shock.

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