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Interesting food in Vienna - current recommendations?

  • Kake Aug 22, 2007 04:21 PM
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I know I've left this a little late to ask; but I'm flying to Vienna on the afternoon of Saturday 25th August (arriving around 7pm local time) and will be staying there until Friday morning. I'm at a conference on Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, but I have Saturday evening through to Monday bedtime free, so I get three dinners and two lunches to play with.

I'd like to try some good food that makes it worth leaving London! By that, I mean, for example, I won't be hunting out Japanese food, since I haven't yet checked out all the really good Japanese places here in London, and my time in Vienna is limited.

I've spent the last six hours going through the Chowhound boards and searching on the interweb, and have a small shortlist that I'm hoping people here will be able to help me narrow down or expand as appropriate.

I like vegetables and fish, though I'm not averse to meat and dairy, and I am aware that traditional Viennese food is more along the lines of the latter than the former. I love tasting menus and am not too keen on overly heavy food, though I don't mind it in moderation as long as I'm not going to be shovelled out of my chair before I'm finished digesting to let them turn the table :) I'm used to London prices, and this is a holiday (and I'm speaking at the conference so I'm subsidised anyway), so I don't mind things being on the expensive side.

Anyway. On my list, I have:
Mraz & Sohn — this will have to be the Monday if I'm going at all, since it's closed Fri–Sun unless my information's out of date
Österreicher Im MAK — I like small plates, and I hear they do them. Might be a good one for lunch?
RieGi — for the tasting menu?
Meinl Am Graben — am I far far too late to even hope to get into the restaurant? Will definitely go here for shopping though.
Ruben's Brasserie or Ruben's Palais — not sure whether these are great or merely good, but they're close to our hotel (Bellevue), so might be useful for the Saturday evening.

Any thoughts or suggestions? Is any of my info out of date? I'm afraid my German is very very rusty, so I had trouble looking things up in a few cases; this means my list may be biased towards the places that had a lot of information in English!

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  1. Hi Kake,

    You will definitely like Vienna, food is much less expensive than in London !!

    Here is a short reply to your list:

    Mraz and Son has lost some of its lustre, I would not go there...
    They always had more show than quality, and now they seem to have lost some of their former speed...

    Österreicher Im MAK — I like small plates, and I hear they do them. Might be a good one for lunch?
    Yes, definitely. There you get the Austrian classics, and could visit the MAK museum. Great location, classic food (although nothing spectacular).

    RieGi — for the tasting menu?
    Forget Riegi. Poor food at high prices, a no-no, dont go...

    Meinl Am Graben — am I far far too late to even hope to get into the restaurant?
    Only for dinner .
    You might have breakfast, or lunch, or early dinner !! Definitely recommended.

    Will definitely go here for shopping though.
    You will find that this is a very expensive store.

    Ruben's Brasserie or Ruben's Palais — not sure whether these are great or merely good, but they're close to our hotel (Bellevue), so might be useful for the Saturday evening.

    I am not quite sure whether Rubens Palais still EXISTS. We have been there once, and did not return, since we waited one hour for every single course...
    Rubens Brasserie started good, but is now just another museum cafeteria...

    My recommendations for food you cannot get in London:

    High end dining:
    There are three places: Meinl am Graben (see below), Palais Coburg and Steirereck.
    There the food, service and ambiente are first class, but also the price range !!

    Less expensive:
    Plachutta on the Wollzeile for the Viennese classics
    http://www.plachutta.at/en/home/

    Figlmüler for the Wiener Schnitzel, full of tourists, but: its the thing !!
    http://www.figlmueller.at/

    Finsterer Stern for nice food in a great dinner setup, you may have to reserve right now for a nice outdoor table !!

    NEW: Hollmanns Salon: located in a spectacular baroque courtyard in the city (Heiligenkreuzerhof), they serve very plain but excellent organic food at long common tables. An experience ...
    http://www.hollmann-salon.at/

    If you stay in Hotel Bellevue: take the bus 40A, which will take you to the subway station Währingerstrasse. Walk up the Währingerstrasse to the Kutschkergasse. Behind a Pizzeria you will find the Kutschker44, a nice, laid back restaurant/bar/lounge with excellent inventive new Austrian food. Better than Wild or Huth, here you can get the Viennese feeling...
    www.kutschker44.at

    And dont forget one of the pastry shops: Demel, Heiner, Gerstner, Lehmann, Aida !!

    And take coffe at the Kaffee Landtmann, and you will find that you can have as well lunch or supper there in a great and unique location !!
    http://www.cafe-wien.at/ldt-start_ENG...

    And last: for international food of any kind visit the Nachmarkt. My favourite here is Pho Sai Gon, a small vietnamese place. Try the Vietnamese salads, and the iced coffee...

    1. Goulash Museum with Hungarian atmosphere and abou 20 different types of goulash. Not too far from St. Stephen's square.

      Doner kabob at the Naschmarkt.

      1. Thank you both very much! I'm glad I asked now, instead of just going ahead with my original list!