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It could be said about the Viennese that the one thing they enjoy more than wining and dining with pleasant company would be doing the same outdoors. Even in the dead of winter, they seem to love standing around in the cold, with nothing save a warm mug of something strong. Now, at last, winter is […]

Authentic Asian Dining in Vienna: Oh, Holy Basil!

Authentic Asian Dining in Vienna: Oh, Holy Basil!

This business of authenticity can be very elusive. Enticing the Viennese to compose their own dishes from the elements, as the Thais do, leaves many diners perplexed. But several young ventures in Asian cooking are now serving up successes with traditional tastes and techniques of the Far East, and setting in motion a new trend […]

Eatalico: Pizza With a Pulse

Eatalico: Pizza With a Pulse

Now that the holiday season is behind us, Vienna has rung in the new year, and the first snowfalls have dusted the city with a wintery nimbus – which provides the perfect backdrop for gazing out the window and pondering life’s eternal questions… Such as, Does this town really need another pizzeria? The owners at […]

Finkh: a Culinary Workshop for Understated Gourmets

In my travels, I have always enjoyed stumbling upon restaurants installed into unlikely places. My list includes churches, petrol stations, windmills, abandoned train cars, and auto repair shops. In fact, it seems that the stranger the predecessor, the greater the allure. The interior of Finkh in a side street off Gumpendorferstraße may seem bleak at […]

Ethiopian Restaurant: Eating With Your Hands

This was not a restaurant, or at least it didn’t feel like one. Red upholstered benches lined the walls and brass lamps lit up cozy eating corners. The ceiling fans gave a most welcome movement to the stagnant, heavy air as the heat on this particular evening made it seem as if we really were […]

Le Salzgries: French Cuisine Courante

To utter the words “French cuisine” in the Austrian capital is risky. You may even go so far as to say that an authentic French restaurant is to Vienna what an Austrian Würstlstand is to Singapore: a rare commodity of unlikely provenance. For one thing, the Viennese are blindly fond of their native cooking habits, […]

‘Tempel’ to Fine Dining

First impressions can tell volumes about a restaurant. Upon walking through the narrow doorway of Tempel on a Friday night, brightness and vivacity embrace your entry from the quiet of an inner courtyard. Surprisingly small, it could be called intimate if it weren’t so cheerful and well lit – a lively gathering point rather than […]

A Feast Aquatic, 7 Floors Up

With Japanese dining, presentation is half the battle. Kimono-clad personnel, fountains springing from unknown sources and a sleek, bamboo-studded interior gave an alluring idea of what was to come at Unkai, seven floors above the lobby of Vienna’s Grand Hotel. The brightness of the main dining room, beaming from trendy glass-paper fixtures above each table, […]

Stammtisch at Café Anzengruber

This summer, Europe was plagued with an unstable Euro, disastrous floods, and sweeps of volcanic ash that have left stranded travelers in its wake. But this didn’t seem to stop the tourists. Armed with cameras, guidebooks, and an array of languages (rarely German), they emerged around every corner filling the tables of the city’s top […]

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