The Vienna Food Scene is Exploding

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New hotel restaurants, trendy bars and relaunched traditional pubs – it’s all happening on the food scene in Vienna, Austria. Here’s a quick guide to the hottest news.

The restaurant at the luxury Ritz-Carlton in Vienna, Schubertring 5-7, which opened on the Ringstrasse at the end of August 2012, is just one of the latest additions to the capital’s food scene. Dstrikt, under head chef Wini Brugger – the supremo at highly regarded first district eatery Indochine 21 – concentrates on unpretentious authentic Austrian cuisine.

Luxury eatery Fabios, Tuchlauben 4-6 — at a first district location opposite the exclusive Golden Quarter shopping district that is currently taking shape, was made over this summer to plans by Vienna architectural practice BEHF. The culinary philosophy under chef de cuisine Joachim Gradwohl (before Meinl am Graben) is on quality regional produce.

Freyung 4 (pictured, above, left) in the Baroque Palais Kinsky is another new arrival in the old town. An all-in-one restaurant, bar and terrace, it offers a contemporary take on Viennese cuisine.

In summer 2012 Harald Riedl took up the reins at Dom Beisl, Schulerstrasse 4 — close to St. Stephen’s Cathedral, where French, Viennese and Mediterranean specialties await. The wine list has 600 items.

Hoher Markt, in the heart of the city center, is now home to ra’mien go, Hoher Markt 8-9 – a new takeaway that does Asian cuisine.

Meanwhile, a pair of chic newcomers have sprung up near the luxury Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom hotel in the second district. Ansari, Praterstrasse 15, an offshoot of Madiani on Karmelitermarkt, dishes up Georgian and oriental specialties. The attractive decor was created by Viennese architect Gregor Eichinger.

Next door, Mochi, also Praterstrasse 15, offers superb Japanese cuisine including Nigiri sushi and tempura. This popular mini-restaurant was designed by architects Kohlmayr Lutter Knapp.

(Photo, courtesy of Vienna Tourist Board, © Isabel Szilagyi)

  • http://twitter.com/Viennaunwrapped Vienna Unwrapped

    Thanks for the update, lots of great tips. Freyung 4 is my favourite, not least because of the lovely courtyard at Kinski palace, sitting there is a special treat! Another new restaurants to add is the Limes, formerly Michelin star restaurant Novelli, which has been taken over and re-opened in August 2012. Haven’t been there yet but it’s on my list.