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typical Austrian specialities: Good food & fun at the Marchfelderhof
The first thing I noticed about the Marchfelderhof is its imposing facade. The building is huge with bright yellow walls and a strange looking giant spargel or asparagus statue at the entrance. When you walk in, the place gets a little more wild. There is an amazing collection of celebrity photographs covering the walls (look for the likes of Richard Burton, Liz Taylor, Richard Gere & local personalities) which probably means they once dined here. Other weird & wonderful memorabilias fill the corridors and even in the restrooms
We decided to dine "outdoors", which is a room in the middle of the building with an open roof. The service was fast & friendly which I like. When the waiter knew that we were from Malaysia, he brought us a Malaysian flag and asked us to write on it.
We were served with some snacks (complimentary) which were yummy while waiting for our meal to arrive. Sometimes, the starters were enough to make me full
Favorite Dish: I ordered a very nice ribs dish and wine. During the spring, they will prepare several dishes made with large asparagus, which I don't like. But other than that, the food here is great and love to return again.
Palatschinkenpfandl: A great place to meet for lunch
The are few things as enjoyable as sitting in an outdoor restaurant with a group of friends on a warm pleasant day. Vter Globetrott managed to arrange that as a VT meeting for us at the Palatschinkenpfandl restaurant. Being a local, he's able to pronounce the name – I’ll avoid embarrassment by not trying! The restaurant management were very helpful in catering for our large group and kindly allowed a group of us to remain long after lunch, even when other clients were arriving. Full points to both Globetrott for his selection of venue, and to the restaurant!
But this tip is supposed to be about food (if you want to see photos of the VT meeting, head for my travelogue). I hate to say it, but although the food was pleasant (I had the boiled meat/broth/stew dish in the main photo) I was too busy socialising to record the name of the dish. I was assured that it was a very “Austrian” selection however. Having said that, I confess it was a little bland for my palate – I suspect some horseradish sauce might have gone well with it (probably heresy)! Pauline had the crumbed chicken and salad dish shown in the second photo and quite enjoyed it.
Zum Suppentopf ( Soup Pot): Don't miss the traditional old Viennese soup pot!!
If you really want to try Viennese specialities like Beef-Goulash, Schnitzel, Kaiserschmarrn, Palatschinken, Naturschnitzel, and so on come to this small restaurant, but be aware that it will be packed during lunch-time as a lot of locals come to eat here!
They also have a daily dish for a reasonable price and also Pasta and of course SOUPS!!!! Wonderful SOUPS!!! The best!!! Of course the traditional Viennese Soup Pot with beef and chicken meat, noodels, peas and carrots in a huge pot!!! Amazing!!!!
Also the Kaspressknoedel-Soup is fantastic, t is a bread dumpling with cheese, yummy and also served in a big pot! And of course a daily soup and Goulash soup....so if you are a soup lover and a lover of real austrian dishes without kitchy touristy atmosphere come to this place, you wont regret!!!
Favorite Dish: Naturschnitzel, and the soup pot!!!!
Palatschinkenpfandl: Pancakes and much more
The name of this restaurant tends to get stuck somewhere between your tongue and your throat but the food and drinks it serves slide down effortlessly. It serves lots of specifically Austrian main courses but is most widely known for its pancakes, deserts and milkshakes. The pancakes are savoury and sweet and you can order either half or full portions which is a real plus. It's situated about halfway between Stephansdom and Schwedenplatz which makes it easily accessible from anywhere in the city centre. As we were a large VT party we sat outside and were allowed to occupy our tables without any bother for about five hours. Service was exceptionally friendly and the ambience on the street terrace was really pleasant.
Open from 10.00 a.m. to midnight
Favorite Dish: I had a savoury cheese and bacon pancake with salad for my main course which was tasty but not exceptional in any way. My desert, on the other hand, (which I ordered a full portion of), was exceptional in most ways possible to food. This 'Viennese Platter' consisted of three pancakes with three different fillings served with chocolate sauce, custard and cream. You can see it in the photograph and rather than lapse into purple prose I will settle for saying it tastes even better than it looks.
typical Austrian specialities: Schweitzerhaus
in Schweitzerhaus you will find a typical so called Schweinschpitze roll (pork) baked in a crust with oven baked potatoes and fresh cabage salad. As a little side dish you will get cut turnip and some very nice salty rolls. What usually comes as well is a portion of very tasty mustard as well as some hot horseraddish. Enjoy! NOTE: Due to the popularity of the place I can recommend a reservation. However, even without one waiting time is around 15-20 min!
Huth: Excellent Austrian Food
This is an excellent restaurant located near Stadt Park about 3 blocks from it. Our hotel (Marriott) recommended it several times and it is worth while. The prices are good and the filet is excellent. You can get by with some German, but most people speak some English.
Favorite Dish: Filet is excellent and the deep fried chicken
Restaurant Waldviertlerhof: Serves one of the Best Austrian Food in Vienna
I never did like Austrian food until I was brought to this Restaurant by my date. In the past, I find austrian food to be too rich, greasy and too salty. However, Waldviertlerhof changed my mind forever about real austrian food.
For the first time since coming to Vienna, I finally had some really good austrian food. It is neither too greasy, rich or salty. The portions were generous and large. The salads were fresh and crisp. The meat was excellent and the austrian wines were wonderful. The desserts were sinfully delicious. I was told that majority of the food served in this austrian restaurant comes from the Waldviertler region of Austria, where the food is of good quality and farm-fresh. As for the prices, it was not expensive at all. For Euro 12, you can get a large full meal including drinks.
The restaurant is large, warm and cosy, with typical austrian country decor and pine wooden furnitures. When I enter the restaurant, I forgot that I am in the middle of a city. The place is lively and busy with local patrons, happily drinking beer and wines, and chatting animatedly and loudly. It's like being in the country-side. All the staffs wore typical austrian costume/outfits. The service is good and quick; the waiters are nice and friendly. Some of them can speak English.
If you go in Summer, you can sit in the outdoor summer garden, where you will be eating under a huge shady tree.
This restaurant is popular amongst the locals/viennese, so if you plan to have dinner there, better if you call ahead and make reservations. The restaurant is not open on Saturday and Sunday.
Favorite Dish: You must try the Toscana Schnitzel. Very different than the typical Wiener schnitzel, and very delicious. If you are not very hungry, try the Chicken Salad. You can have either fried chicken strips or grilled chicken strips with the green salad. It will be dressed with pumpkin-seed oil, and taste so good and healthy. For dessert, you must try the eispalatschinken or pancakes (crepes) with vanilla ice and chocolate fudge. Mmmmm... so yummy!
Marchfelderhof Restaurant: Must experience the Marchfelderhof's warmth!
Marchfelderhof is a famous austrian restaurant located in Deutsch-Wagram, an area outside of Vienna. The interior of the restaurant is very unique - you will see so many autographed pictures & photos of celebrities and VIPs covering all the walls; on the ceilings, you can see many kinds of interesting objects such as old violins, banjo, tambourines, drums, cooking pots and pans, masks, shaded lamps; the wood panels around the tables have metal plagues mentioning VIPs who have sat there; You will be seated in a private booth surrounded with lacy curtains, odd objects, antique lamps on your tables, and stuffed pillow on your chairs.
You will get free snacks for starters (which was great for me!). The service was good and courteous, although a bit slow. But then, you are there to enjoy the ambience and the surroundings, so the waiters do not wish to intrude too often.
Favorite Dish: One of my favorite dishes was the fried veal cutlet (schnitzel) covered in pumpkin-seed batter and serve with gnocchi potatoes and vegetables. During asparagus season, the restaurant also serve locally-grown white asparagus, steamed, with hollander sauce. Most of the food were delicious.
Würschtelstand (and yes there is more than 1): Dont miss "THE" typical Viennese Fast Food
The "Würschtelstand" (Sausage Seller) is the typical Viennese Fast Food. Like the hot dogs of New York or the Pad Thai of Bangkok.
You ll see lots of them around the town ...
Most of them are rather good ... some are horrible (Stay away from the small one at the entrance to the "Burggarten")
Which one is the best ? Well hard too say ... depends on your personal taste.
Personally i think the ones on "Hoher Markt" and in front of the Albertina are the best ... but that is very subjective.
Eating Fast Food at a Würschtelstand is something thats socially totally accpted by all classes, genders, and ages. One of the true and total class equalizers that exist in Vienna.
Favorite Dish: Ok what to eat ?
Basically you ll eat sausage. "What Sausage ?" Yes Sausage ... but you can choose between up to 15 different types :)
There is the classic "Frankfurter" (Wiener for the Rest of the World), Klobasse, Käsekrainer, Debreziner, Burernwurst, Bratwurst, and so on ...
They can also be eaten as "Hot Dog" ... but we do it differently .... has something sexual ... well you will see ... (immoral food ... totally new view on it)
Most also sell "Leberkäse" which will be eaten in a roll. (Best with mustard on it). Some also sell Horse Leberkäse which is made of well horse ... bit thats not everybodys taste.
(The name "Leberkäse" literally translates to "liver-cheese" even though in Austria the dish traditionally contains neither liver nor cheese. You can get a type with Cheese though then its called "Käse Leber Käse" (Cheese - Liver Cheese)
(Ok my favorite is Käsekrainer a spicy sausage filled with cheese... be careful the cheese is hot and molten)
Oh and dont forget the mustard : There are two sorts : Sweet and Spicy. (Or in Viennese "A "Siassa" and a "Schoafa")
Dont eat Ketchup with Sausages ... destroyed the taste imho.
typical Austrian specialities: Goulash Museum
This isn't really a museum, but a fantastic little restaurant that serves just about every kind of goulash you could imagine. Since there are a couple of vegetarian versions, it would be good for dieters or vegetarians looking to try some authentic food. Since it's rather small & the staff doesn't seem to speak English, I would think it's popular with locals although that means you should avoid peak meal times. The prices were very fair considering it's in Vienna, not the cheapest city in the world. They had a cookbook, but I didn't buy it since it was in German - I regretted that later because the food was so good & I could have found someone to translate it. Beware of the check: like many European restaurants, they charge you for that basket of rolls that they automatically set on the table.
Favorite Dish: I had a wild mushroom goulash, all sorts of wild mushrooms in that red paprika gravy, and it came with a bread dumpling the size of a softball! Absolutely delicious & not hot or overly spicy from the paprika - even the dumpling was tasty in & of itself because it had chopped onions mixed in, and it was the perfect thing to get every last drop of that gravy. One of my friends had stag goulash & said it was wonderful. It was also the first place I found in Vienna that didn't serve gigantic portions that I could never finish - in fact, I could have eaten another bowl!
Opera House Cafe: Opera
Stopped for tea and cake at the Opera House cafe. Ambience is great, with waiters all dressed up like a top restaurant would have. Very polite, table service. Easy to get to as well.
Was only about 8 euros i think - given where it was, was very happy with price
Favorite Dish: Had a slice of choc cake with apricot jam. I was in Vienna so had to try, i'd been told was scrummy and was.
The tea was tea...i can never get excited over tea.
typical Austrian specialities: Zum Huth
If you are looking for a place that serves typical Austrian dishes but not being touristic at all, then "Zum Huth" is probably a good choice. The restaurant is located in the centre, more or less close to the Ronacher theatre, the Stadtpark and the Ringstraße. The interieur design reminds a bit of the 70ties. I had salmon (Alpenlachs) with spinach leaves and celery puree, which was rather good. Prices range between 10 and 20 EUR for a main course.
typical Austrian specialities: Schweizerhaus
This large famous restaurant in the Prater should be avoided by people who are vegetarians or on a diet :). Their speciality is the rear knuckle of pork (it is called "Stelze" in austrian german. It usually weighs 1.5 kg and costs ca EUR 20,00- usually you share it with 2 or 3 people) and you eat it with horseradish and coleslaw. To drink you could order their Budweiser Budvar beer. They have a large beer garden which is always packed with people, so if you come with a larger group you should reserve a table, especially at the weekend. They have a take away service as well.
SCHWEIZERHAUS: Join the Viennese OKTOBERFEST from May to October
In the heart of Viennas famous "Prater", between Giant Wheel and Vienna Fair, lies a very special restaurant, most popular with most Viennese: the SCHWEIZERHAUS ("Swiss House")
The restaurant with its beergarden is a place where you may enjoy a typical Viennese atmosphere. A place to stay a while and enjoy yourself with a delicious meal under giant old trees. This Viennese institution counts as one of the city's landmarks and is a favourite meeting point for locals who bring their friends.
In the Schweizerhaus there is an atmosphere of genial togetherness. All levels of society meet here in friendly harmony !
Favorite Dish: Schweizerhaus offers traditional house man food. Beside the legendary "Stelze" (pork rear knuckle) also other delicate meals of the good old Viennese kitchen are served, such as Szegediner herb meat, "Gulasch", "Backhendel", "Cevapcici", "Powidltascherl" and vegetarian creations. Take a look into the menue!
The very sensation of Schweizerhaus`dishes is the legendary "STELZE",rear knuckle of pork, served with freshly grated horse radish,mustard and fresh white cabbage - salad.
The "Budweiser" draft beer is a must !
So, if you need some cholesterol to pimp up your arteries, indulge into this very original Viennese fare - one order of "STELZE" serves easily 2 !
Daily open from 11:00 am till 23:00 pm. Season from 15th of march till 31st of october.
No credit cards !
typical Austrian specialities: Lunch at the Hoher Markt
Around noon, I passed at the Hoher Markt. I noticed that there was a stand which was selling the typical sausages (Bratwurst).
So, the I did like may locals do, I did buy a bratwurts with bread and mustard.
As I am a real meatlover, it was tasty, quick and cheap.
Yes right, maybe this is not the most healthy food, but so what . . . .
Favorite Dish: Bratwurst mit brot und semf
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