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Interesting food in Vienna - current recommendations?


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Interesting food in Vienna - current recommendations?

Kake | | Aug 22, 2007 04:21 PM

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Mraz & Sohn — this will have to be the Monday if I'm going at all, since it's closed Fri–Sun unless my information's out of date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 Is any of my info out of date?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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