The restaurant in the Park Hyatt Vienna luxury hotel was given a new name and a new format in March 2016. The Bank Brasserie & Bar in the historic banking hall in the first district serves brasserie classics including fresh oysters, moules frites, lobster dishes, Viennese escargots and savory tarte tatins – all of which can be washed down with unusual cocktails such as Velours, which is a blend of sake, hibiscus and beetroot. Amador’s Wirtshaus and Greisslerei in the 19th district also opened in March 2016. The new venture is a cooperation between Viennese winegrower Fritz Wieninger and Michelin-starred German chef Juan Amador. This 95-seat restaurant is the place for upscale traditional Austrian cuisine, while the neighbouring deli offers delicacies and wines, as well as chutneys and jams made by Amador himself.
A special Viennese restaurant in a prime location has just changed hands. The former Hollman Salon in the idyllic Heiligenkreuzerhof in the old town now goes by the name of Buxbaum Restaurant, and focuses on high end Austrian dishes. The menu places particular emphasis on regional and seasonal organic produce. Erich on the romantic, cobbled St. Ulrichsplatz in the seventh district is destined for greatness. Small but perfectly formed, a gilt bar, vaulted brick ceilings and fine finger food such as tacos, sandwiches and skewers are all part of the appeal. Breakfast is served all the way through to 4pm.
RisottoBox is the brainchild of a familiar face on the Viennese restaurant scene. Leo Doppler, who runs Restaurant Hansen in the old stock exchange building, is ready to open the first branch of his new fast food chain in the second district. Diners can choose from a range of risotto dishes – including vegetarian – as well as salads and breakfast. Legendary Viennese snack chain Trześniewski is the latest to pick up on the trend towards vegan lifestyles. Its range of mouthwatering open sandwiches, sold in the old town since 1902, now features a vegan alternative for the very first time. “Pea with carrot” is the 23rd variety and will go up against time-honoured favourites such as “bacon with egg” and “poultry liver”. One classic Viennese market stand in the 12th district specialises in vegan organic dishes: fans of healthy five element cuisine should seek out MarctStandl on Meidlinger Markt where the specialties are also available to take away in attractive Rex glass containers.
There have been a number of interesting new arrivals to the international food scene in recent months. One such example is a new pizzeria by the name of Kitch, which is already building up a loyal clientele thanks to its Neapolitan specialties and hip interior. In the Freihausviertel close to Naschmarkt, Lisboa Lounge offers traditional Portuguese dishes, wines and Iberian tapas. Light wood furniture and pretty tiles shape the interior, while the Pastel de Nata filo pastry tartlet is a must for anyone with a sweet tooth.
The capital’s excellent standing as a gastro mecca is recognised by respected publications including the 2016 Guide Michelin Main Cities of Europe, which lists three two-star establishments and six one-star restaurants in Vienna. Steirereck in the Stadtpark is synonymous with a world class, contemporary approach to Viennese cuisine. Awarded two stars by the 2015 Guide Michelin, it was also ranked 15th in the World’s 50 Best Restaurants. The Silvio Nickol Gourmet-Restaurant at the Palais Coburg also picked up two Michelin stars last year, as did Mraz & Sohn. Walter Bauer, Edvard (Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna), Konstantin Filippou, Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald (Grand Hotel Wien), Opus (Hotel Imperial) and Tian all picked up one Michelin star in 2016.
- The Bank Brasserie & Bar, Park Hyatt Vienna, Bognergasse 4, 1010 Vienna, www.restaurant-thebank.at
- Amador‘s Wirtshaus und Greisslerei, Grinzinger Strasse 86, 1190 Vienna, www.amadors-wirtshaus.com
- Buxbaum Restaurant, Grashofgasse 3, Heiligenkreuzerhof, 1010 Vienna, www.buxbaum.restaurant
- Erich, Neustiftgasse 27, 1070 Vienna, www.erichwien.at
- RisottoBox, Hollandstrasse 10, 1020 Vienna, www.risottobox.com
- Trześniewski, Dorotheergasse 1, 1010 Vienna, www.trzesniewski.at
- MarctStandl, Meidlinger Markt, 1120 Vienna, www.marctstandl.at
- Kitch, Biberstrasse 8, 1010 Vienna, www.kitch.at
- Lisboa Lounge, Mühlgasse 20, 1040 Vienna, www.lisboalounge.at