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Vienna - January Trip Report

Simon | Jan 21, 201509:29 AM

Firstly i have to say we loved Vienna, just intuitively and aesthetically, as soon as we arrived...fantastic city...and thanks to Sturmi and others who recommended food...here is where we went...

-- Konoba - Croatian seafood w/ open kitchen, Neubau/Spittelberg area...love this place...amazing seafood platter w/ veggies for two (pictured)...delicious Croatian wine...nice staff...if i was a local i'd go once/week...

-- Gasthaus Poschl - solid casual Viennese...liver dumpling soup (great), pumpkin soup (great), weiner schnitzel, chicken w/ bread stuffing, chestnut cream dessert, something that was listed as a souffle but was more of a cake...nice local vibe...glad we made a reservation as its a small place and virtually every table was reserved...haven't had enough beisl cuisine to fully compare it to similar places, but we were happy enough...

-- Ulrich - ...late-20-something/early-30something crowd, casually trendy...call the cuisine modern/organic...the chicken soup w/ parsley dumpling was some of the best chicken soup i've ever had, and salmon w/ cooked perfectly and nice wines too...a very very well-run kitchen...nice wines by the glass too...

-- Cafe Corbaci - not a destination place or anything, but a pretty spot for a midday snack in the Museum Quartier...the herring in cream sauce is a good deal and the soups decent...

-- Cafe Sperl - as we'd had litres of coffee w/ breakfast earlier, we just had tea here...but liked the old vibe and would likely return often if i was in town longer...

-- Cantina Osteria Friulana - wonderful rustic interior, charming waiter...the highlights foodwise were the veggie antipasti, the marinated sardines, and the cavola soup w/ zampone...grilled octopus was tender but lentils undercooked; the pork cheeks were underseasoned for our taste and cook have used more sage...loved trying all the Fruili wines...would still recommend it highly despite the slightly underwhelming main courses...

-- Zarewna - tiny Russian stand in the Naschmarkt...on a cold afternoon, the pelmeni and bowls of borsht hit the spot...a very filling little meal for about 12 euros total for two people...

As a sidenote, i would say the Naschmarkt is actually a place to AVOID unless one is seeking out this Russian place or maybe some of the Viet places i've seen mentioned here: it was low-season but it had a nasty vibe and very aggressive shop owners hard-selling crap (e.g. wasabi hummus, stale-looking vine leaves, ubiquitous olives)...we disliked the Naschmarkt intensely; it was the only place in all of Vienna that we disliked...a local friend told us he buys his veggies there because he lives close but doesn't linger nor dine there...

-- Tachles - woodsy bohemian bar in the Volkplatz area...just had a quick drink here...old cinema posters, silent films running, a crowd ranging from 20-something hipster to 70-something white-haired intellectual...smokey though, so we only stayed 25 minutes...

-- Weinfach Vinothek - tiny modern place much-loved on Tripadvisor...charming owner, fabulous cheese&charcuterie plate (all either Austrian or N.Italian) w/ local dark rye, and fab wine selection...recommended as a wine&snack stop when exploring that area...

Can't wait to return to the city again and explore more at length...

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