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Cosmopolitan Chez François

Cosmopolitan Chez François

People who say “the journey is the reward” have clearly never been to François im Vierzehnten (François in the 14th). While the trek through this part of the 14th District – characterised by discount supermarkets and cheap cell phone stores – is charmless, the destination is the real deal. Still few would expect Franco-Canadian chef […]

Ma Crêperie: Warm End to a Cold Night

Ma Crêperie: Warm End to a Cold Night

It was the first night that was noticeably colder in Vienna, a nip in the air and a sting to the wind. On Grünangergasse in the 1st District, we found Ma Crêperie, a family-owned, Lebanese-French restaurant, where a fireplace lit in the corner of the dining room and the choice of music – Bon Iver, […]

Beaulieu: a Bistro in a Beautiful Place

On the façade of La Mère Catherine on Montmartre’s Place du Tertre, a sign claims that on 30 Mar. 1814, Cossack soldiers occupying Paris shouted out “быстро”, meaning “quick” in Russian, and thus began the storied history of a venerable French tradition, the bistro. It’s likely an urban legend, but you’ll never convince le proprietaire […]

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, […]

Le Bol: Charme Ordinaire

Sunday night and nothing in the fridge. And not all that much in the pocket. Need to go out, but reality isn’t going to leave much room for wretched excess…  it’s a night for Le Bol. This authentic French bistro on Vienna’s Neuer Markt offers the perfect compromise: It’s delicious, it’s simple, and both you […]

Book Review: Don and Petie Kladstrup’s Wine & War

War Passes, Wine is Eternal It was on arriving in France in the 1980s, that Don and Petie Kladstrup discovered the world of cuisine and fine wine. It wasn’t that they had never tasted a decent wine before; there were some respectable vintages in their home state of California. But in France the wines were […]

Dining in the Grand ‘Sky’

Elegance is born of craftsmanship, in beauty that seems effortless. At Le Ciel, the culinary complement to the five-star Grand Hotel on Kärnterring, elegance is combined with an expertise that only fine enterprises can afford. Meaning “the sky” in French, Le Ciel indeed rests high on the seventh floor of the 19th century hotel, above […]

‘Salut’ to the Senses

‘Salut’ to the Senses

I raised my glass from the elegantly draped table, the subtle colour contrasting with the brown benches and proposed a toast to my host, Chef de cuisine and owner of the restaurant Salut, Florian Cmyral.  This cosy French restaurant is marked by a cast-iron rooster mounted over the door on Wildpretmarkt in Vienna’s 1st District. […]

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