Modern Vietnamese cuisine meets local ingredients at this hidden gem out in Atzgersdorf, with fresh and aromatic dishes like “Lachs on Fire” and “Spicy Nectarine and Coriander Salad” telling compelling and flavorful stories. Owner Socheata Scheidel and Vannary Hour’s father emigrated from China to Kampot, Cambodia’s legendary pepper trading point, while their mother’s ancestors are from the Philippines and Phnom Penh, adding to their culinary influences.
23., Scherbangasse 9
Tucked away in a historic Palais on Hillerstraße, Zazatam offers respite in their secret garden hideaway until the early hours – even in winter! Transported away from the daily grind, patrons can enjoy an internationally-inspired casual fine dining menu that includes vegan dishes and hand-made pasta, excellently complemented by their creative in-house drinks and spirits. A dynamic and stylish experience.
2., Hillerstraße 11
A cozy, yet upmarket, restaurant emanating mountain chic, Christian and Simone Schadl’s latest project brings a touch of Arlberg to Erdberg. Named after the former’s childhood moniker, Schakko builds upon the reputation for fine wine the Schadls built at the venerable Hospiz-Alm in St. Christoph, with an entire shrine of choice Bordeaux vintages taking center stage. The menu is classic Austrian with a twist, evoking the Alps along with the pine furniture and floral decor.
3. Schnirchgasse 11
A brief culinary escape to bella Italia must at the very least cover: amazing ingredients, homemade pasta fit for a real Nonna and a healthy dose of vino della casa to make the sun of southern Italy shine from within. The team behind Trattoria Officina offers all three, and is slowly evolving from an insider tip into a veritable hotspot for authentic Italian cuisine. If you yearn for the Mediterranean, you no longer have to pack your bags and set off on a trip down south.
4., Neumanngasse 4
Mon-Fri 12:00-14:30, 18:00-22:30
Moët & Chandon Imperial Igloos
For the 5th consecutive year, renowned champagne house Moët & Chandon has teamed up with the Barbaro family’s restaurant empire to support the charity Licht ins Dunkel by offering fine dining al fresco this holiday season. Their so-called “Imperial Igloos” in the courtyard of Trattoria Martinelli offer a truly stunning dining experience for up to 10 people, with the glass constructions offering privacy and an unobstructed view of the winter sky while sheltering patrons in a cozy, warm atmosphere. Reservations required.
Through Jan 10
1., Freyung 3
(01) 532 15 18 50
Proving that Mohn (poppyseed) is not just for Strudel, the young team behind My Poppiesseeks to reintroduce regional blue, white and grey poppy varieties by presenting delicious, contemporary recipes on their website, with the seeds purchasable ready-to-eat in funky jars. Whether spicy, savory or sweet, taste for yourself and experience the subtle flavor and versatility of a previously overlooked delicacy.
available at gurkerl.at and mypoppies.com
A promising new addition to the booming food-tech start-up scene in Vienna, Happy Plates is a platform and marketplace that bridges the gap from desktop to dinner table: Users can browse a wealth of recipes from local chefs, food experts and influencers, then directly add the pre-measured ingredients to their online shopping basket with the click of a button. Happy Plates then generates a custom shopping list or redirects you to one of their online retail partners. Keep an eye out for recipes by Mochi’s Eddi Dimant or Karma Food’s Simone and Adi Raihmann!
Automat-style restaurants are nothing new: in Holland, FEBO-branded windowed cells selling hot burgers and croquettes have been feeding tourists and locals-on-the-go for over a century. Which makes it all the more surprising that Foodie Fridge, Vienna’s very own 24-hour self-service restaurant, is such a novelty. Inspired by his own busy lifestyle, founder Alexander Billasch provides over 300 high-quality products inspired by Thai, Spanish, Italian and Austrian cuisine, all cooked, cooled and packaged sustainably and purchasable from one of the nine machines on location by pandemic-friendly, contactless payment. No service needed!
2., Taborstraße 9-11
Open 24 hours daily