A quick update from my last trip to Vienna:
Silvio Nickol Gourmet Restaurant- hmm. I can comfortablly say that in my view it is no Steireck (which is a similar price) or even Konstantin Filippou (lower price point). The room is not my taste at all (a bizarre floating egg against a rock crystal wall, and a continued egg theme throughout). There were two dishs out of the nine we got that were phenomenal- the foie gras and the jerusalem artichoke. These dishes were stunning, up there with my top dishes in life and days later I am still dreaming about them. But the rest either fell flat, or I really didnt like them. The chef likes a richness in his dishes and particularly in his sauces that is at times overwhelming. He also likes to pack certain very strong herbs into some dishes, so if you do not like the herb, it ruines the rest of the dish. However, the major standouts are the wines, we went with the pairing, which was lovely, and more generally their wine list is great. And the service- I have rarely had such lovely and uncomplicated service in years.
Il Melograno- In Vienna in the center of town the restaurants, including Italian ones, can end up being awful tourist traps. This place is far from it, and even if some tourists make it here, that has no affect on the quality of the food. We started with the Gambero Rosso which were outstanding, and the beef carpaccio which was very nice. For mains we had the Cacio e Pepe which was not traditional in its ingredients, but was absolutely delicious, and the burrata ravioli, also so lovely. We unfortunately were too full to order dessert. The wine list is a bit challenging- if you want a bottle under 200 Euro, you are not left with many options.
Mamamon- it serves up some of the most legit Thai food I have ever had outside of Thailand. We had the mother-in-law's egg, which was lovely, a special summer dish (a salad of tart green apples and toasted coconut) that was heaven, the duck Laab which was great and perfectly spicy, and the Pad Kra Phrao Laad Khao, which was outstanding. We could not get any curry or the fish cakes- they had already run out.
The only disappointment was the the banana sticky rice, it wasn't at all exciting, and no replacement for a good mango sticky rice in Bangkok. Stunning food for anyone who loves authentic Thai street food flavors.
Asia Jasmin- its a hike, 45 mins outside of the city to the northeast, but there is reason to make the trip. This is the spot that all important Chinese delegations come to when visiting the city. The place has no charm or character, and that is totally fine. You come for legit Chinese food and that is what you get. We ordered up a storm of dim sum, all of which was great, then a Peking duck which was tasty, and the pancakes were nice and thin (it wasn't as good as you would get in say Hong Kong or even a top Chinese restaurant in NY or London, but still very satisfying), a fabulous roasted eggplant dish that isn't on the menu (bring a mandarin speaker with you if you can), and a lovely large steamed turbot. We also got a whole bunch of other small dishes, and the total price came to 35 Euro a person. Wonderfully reasonable and wonderfully authentic.
Momo- Wow, this pizza is fantastic. Light, thin crust, great, creative toppings but still respectful to Italian tradition. In a city with lots of pizza, and many pizza places I have tried, this stands out as my favorite so far.