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El Gaucho – Raising the Steaks

El Gaucho – Raising the Steaks

In an LED-lit glass case, six cuts of beef take the stage. The waiter explains how differences in thickness and fat content influences the taste, or how long to grill it. The cooled presentation box was a conscious service choice. “Austrians like to eat steak but they don’t really know what they’re eating,” explained Peter […]

Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh – A Sensual Intro­duction to Afghanistan

Noosh looks like nowhere else in Vienna. Large, bulbous, coloured lampshades hang down to different depths from the ceiling. The manager, Khaled Khushdel, who designed the décor himself, calls them “Afghan tears”. The inner walls are lined with thickly plastered brown clay that gives the large single room a cosy feeling. “My partner was against […]

O’Connor’s: Pub Grub For the Refined Palate

O’Connor’s: Pub Grub For the Refined Palate

What are the things you associate with a typical Irish bar? A selection of quality beers on tap, including Murphy’s and London Pride? Check. A range of single malt whiskies behind the bar? Check. A friendly staff and a welcoming atmosphere? Check. But when you’ve also got a kitchen turning out restaurant-grade food, you know […]

A Global Recipe for Food on the Go

A Global Recipe for Food on the Go

In Vienna, goulash, dumplings and strudel reveal a lot about the Viennese. As famed 19th-century French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin might have said: Now as ever, what you eat says a lot about who you are. It’s a gastronomic history deeply rooted in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Many of the city’s restaurant owners have passed their […]

Japanese Food for Little Gluttons

Japanese Food for Little Gluttons

Twelve years ago, we moved from Japan to Austria. It was a tough transition. Even our cat suffered: She hated Austrian cat food. To compensate for the change, we searched for the best restaurants with food from the “land of the rising sun”. While still hard to find in the year 2000, today true Japanese […]

British Christmas Dinner

To recreate in Vienna the ritual of a propper Christmas dinner with roast turkey, crackers and flaming Christmas pudding, planning ahead is vital, but it’s also a challenge, and well worth rising to. Order your turkey from Zum Gockelhahn at the Naschmarkt (stand 180-183), a tried and trusted source (and friendly, too). They also sell […]

Song of a Supermarket

How shall I sing a song of a supermarket? Shall I write an anthem to my appetite, or a hymn to the inquisitiveness of my tongue? I enter PROSI Exotic Supermarket, in Vienna’s seventh district, and suddenly stand still, with a sharp intake of breath and a smile on my lips. The grandest buildings in […]

Seduction By Smell

Walking up Mariahilfestrasse from the Museumsquartier the other day, the aromas from the nearby bakeries flooded my senses, tickling my nose and teasing my taste buds.  My mouth began to water, my stomach to growl in complaint. Croissants! You’ve likely been in Vienna long enough not to be bothered by this smell anymore; I’ve just […]

Book Review: Katja Sindemann’s Mazzesinsel Kochbuch

Karmeliter Kosher The “Mazzesinsel” is not really an island, more a mini-peninsula bulging rather than jutting into the Danube Canal from the north, part of Vienna’s 2nd District. Culturally, though, it was an island for several centuries, populated almost exclusively, if not entirely voluntarily, by the Jewish population of Vienna. It was, of course, also […]

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