Brasserie & Bakery is the name of the new restaurant launched by The Guesthouse Vienna on Albertinaplatz in October 2013. This new eatery in the heart of the historic city center was designed by London-based outfit Conran & Partners, who also planned the elegant boutique hotel that houses it. Radiating timeless, classic understatement, its walls are adorned with quotations in homage to the Viennese coffeehouse. The brasserie specializes in traditional dishes with a contemporary twist, served with freshly baked bread and rolls from the wood-fired oven, as well as homemade cakes and pastries and Viennese Naber coffee. On Vienna’s Ringstrasse, the luxury Hotel Bristol has been gradually upgraded over the past few months without closing to guests, and now boasts an additional ten rooms and suites. Upgrades at the Sacher Group-owned property take the original art deco style of the building (completed in 1892) as their inspiration. Alongside the lobby and the bar, the restaurant was also completely remodeled, and the historic stucco ceilings uncovered as part of the project.
The restaurant and bar at Meliá Vienna in the 22nd district have pride of place inside Austria’s tallest building. Located in a 220-meter, Dominique Perrault-designed high rise on the left bank of the Danube, this new lifestyle hotel operated by Spain’s Meliá Hotels International group will open in February 2014. While the rooms and suites occupy the lower floors, the Meliá Roof Top Bar is on the 58th and top floor, one above the Meliá Restaurant. Both command breathtaking views of the city below. Siegfried Kröpfl, who comes to the Meliá from the Hotel Bristol, is head chef. Also due to open in February 2014, new restaurant The Room will be cooking up a storm in a building complex in the third district. The complex also hosts the new Ruby Sofie Hotel (scheduled opening April 2014) and the revitalized 700 square meter Sofiensaal. Originally constructed as a public bathing facility in 1883, it was soon transformed into a ball venue, but was partially destroyed by fire in 2001. The new 200-seat restaurant serves classic Austrian and international dishes, and has private outdoor seating for guests to enjoy during summer.
Art and culinary delights are on the menu at The Supper Club in TBA21-Augarten. The event series brings performing arts, cultural exchange and fine food together in one evening, with the thematic focus provided by the individual artists. A total of 11 dates are planned for winter 2013/14. The events are hosted at café restaurant Die Au, in the exhibition space used by the Francesca von Habsburg Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary private foundation in the Augarten park.
Campus WU, which opened in the 2nd district in October 2013, is home to several new bars and restaurants. Europe’s largest business campus creates a memorable impression thanks to its architectural highlights, which include the futuristic Library & Learning Center by Zaha Hadid Architects and a range of other buildings created by acclaimed international architects such as CRABstudio London, BUSarchitektur Wien and Atelier Hitoshi Abe Sendai/Los Angeles. Das Campus has put the culinary focus on steaks, burgers and schnitzel, the Scandinavian chic interiors at Nykke provide the perfect backdrop for fresh organic dishes, while Comida y Luz has exotic dishes as well as great views of the campus in store.
Steirereck in Stadtpark, winner of two stars (Guide Michelin Main Cities of Europe 2013), four toques (Gault Millau Austria 2014) and ranked ninth out of the World's 50 Best Restaurants (Restaurant Magazine 2013), is currently renovating and expanding. Although the upgrades will not affect customers, the restaurant is set to close its doors for two weeks in February. A new experimental kitchen and a canopy for the terrace are among the new features designed by PPAG Architects. The upgrade is due for completion in April 2014. Renovations are also on the menu at another restaurant on Spittelberg in the 7th district, with BEHF Architekten providing the creative impetus this time. Mario Bernatovic, who cemented his reputation as chef de cuisine at Motto am Fluss, is set to open his own restaurant, Kussmaul, in the district at the end of February. This new high-end eatery will be joined by a café, bakery and patisserie.
- The Guesthouse Vienna, Führichgasse 10, 1010 Vienna, www.theguesthouse.at
- Meliá Vienna, Donau-City-Strasse 1, 1220 Vienna, www.meliahotels.com
- The Room, Sofiensäle, Marxergasse 17, 1030 Vienna, www.sofiensaele.com
- Hotel Bristol, Kärntner Ring 1, 1010 Vienna, www.bristolvienna.com
- The Supper Club, Café-Restaurant Die Au, TBA21-Augarten, Scherzergasse 1a, 1020 Vienna, www.dieau.info, www.tba21.org
- Das Campus, Welthandelsplatz 1/D2, 1020 Vienna, www.dascampus.at
- Nykke, Welthandelsplatz 1/D4-B, 1020 Vienna, www.facebook.com/nykkevienna
- Comida y Luz, Welthandelsplatz 1/EA, 1020 Vienna, www.comida.at
- Restaurant Steirereck, Am Heumarkt 2a, 1030 Vienna, www.steirereck.at
- Kussmaul, Spittelberggasse 12, 1070 Vienna, www.facebook.com/kussmaulvienna