Duspara – Restaurant Review

Duspara is located right in my district near Matzleinsdorferplatz and one of my favourite restaurant finds of 2016! They serve Austrian fusion dishes and the cook was an employee of Steirereck, one of the best (15th place) restaurants in the world.
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I chose it for my birthday dinner with the Mister since it is a semi-fancy place in the evening (and a casual restaurant for lunch). Since I have been there for lunch and dinner I can recommend both options. For dinner you have a lot more choices though and a surprise 6-course menu only costs 42€.

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The tomato and curry soup that the Mister chose was one of the best soups I had in my life! Such an amazing taste and every bite seemed a little bit different thus not getting boring. I think I could have had a huge bowl of that soup just for myself.

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My main dish was beef cheeks, semolina slices and cooked vegetables which was also done perfectly. From the on-point cooked vegetables to the amazing sauce and the super soft cheeks. I had nothing to complain about!

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For dessert I had semolina pudding with mango-passion fruit sorbet and the Mister had the crème brûlée with raspberry sorbet. My dessert was alright but this was the best crème brûlée I had in my life. I scraped the plate after the Mister was done and savoured the after taste. Yeah I am a bit weird.

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If you are looking for delicious food and a great evening, you should definitely book a table here. I have been to a lot of fancy restaurants in Vienna already but taste-wise they did not impress me as Duspara did. I can’t wait to go back!

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Pizzeria Da Filippo

My family discovered this lovely Pizzeria with Spanish dishes through friends some years ago and we have been going there since.
Not only are the waiters very attentive, the portions are big and very tasty. Perfect for sharing!
Even though it is called Pizzeria I would advise you to order anything else than a pizza. Not because they are bad but because the other dishes are so good and far more interesting. Pizza can be ought on every other corner unlike some really good piccata ala milanese (12,9€), which is my favourite dish there btw. You get two pieces of beef which are wrapped in crispy baked parmesan and served on spaghetti in tomato sauce. So delicious!

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When we were there last time we also ordered lamb chops served on baby potatos (15,9€) and beef roasted on a spit (12,2€).
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Don’t forget to ask for a doggy bag if you can’t finish everything. It is nice to munch on the left overs :)

Street Food Cinema in August

Uhm I kinda wanted to write about that since some weeks. I am a bit late with this but better late than never also you still have the chance to attend on the last day of this event. Yay!

Street Kitchen Food Market can be found at Hohe Warte near the tube station Heiligenstadt where they not only offer delicious food and drinks, the entrance fee of 4€ includes a movie in the evening. This movie is of course, what else, related to food namely Lunchbox.

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Now to the more interesting part, the food!
There were quite a lot of food stalls we did not know yet and we tried out the ribs from Longhorn Texas Grill, a burger from Grill and Roll, Korean fried chicken from Stephan and for dessert some churros from Rumba Y Mambo.

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Our favourite were hands down the Korean chicken pieces which were double fried. Super tasty especially in combination with the spicy radish kimchi and some cooling radishes.We also had the thai iced tea since the radishes did have some nice heat. The portion was enough for two, I just forgot to take a picture in the beginning which explains this white gap on the right of the picture..

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Our second favourite was the burger. The bun was bought and crumbled so easily, we were smothered in burger juices and also the meat was more raw than pinkish but it still was very tasty. The churros were alright but a bit tough since they were already fried and re-fried. The ribs with sauerkraut was a neat combination but the flavour did not impress me that much. I expected more Texasness if you know what I mean ;)

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When the Mister and me went it was solely for the food and after trying out a few we were up for a nap at home and missed out on the cultural part of the feast.

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Sadly I did not have enough tummy space for it all!

Sakai – Restaurant Review

There are a lot of restaurants in Vienna to try out and the Restaurantwoche which just means restaurant week, which is the perfect opportunity to try out different exclusive restaurants for a special price and menu.

Since Sakai opened last year I have been wanting to try it out but never had the time but immediately called up Erwin when I saw it available for the Restaurantwochen.

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It was mild and healthy yet with such a powerful asparagus taste.
shooting_vienna_sakaiNext up was thuna sashimi withfreshly grated wasabi and ponzu sauce. shooting_vienna_sakaishooting_vienna_sakaiLuckily there were only three slices of supposedly wagyu beef on the grill. We were already getting quite stuffed.
shooting_vienna_sakaiLast but not least the yummy dessert of strawberries with white miso, my second favourite dish.
The miso taste was really subtle and I liked this (for me) unusual combination.shooting_vienna_sakaiWhat can I say? The food was delicious and the serving was well executed, the service was friendly and attentive and the Japanenese ambience of the restaurant was refined.

Street Kitchen Food Market

Street food is getting more and more popular in Austria with the first Street Kitchen Food Market being held until today 10pm.

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I am so happy how many different sellers appeared and that I got to know many different vendors I did not know before.
A picture heavy post again, since the pictures speak more words than I can tell ;)

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Our favourite cupcake seller, Brass Monkey was there too and we snacked on some choco brownies for around 3,2€. :)

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I got to know Hildegard Wurst about 2 years ago and am happy that they recently opened their first shop at Operngasse this year.

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The Mister and me had this delicious cooked meat with kraut and polenta, topped with amaranth. Super yummy but expensive for 6€.

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A vendor selling goodies from Styria, where the Mister and me have been not too long ago.

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That cute trailer in pastel sold frozen yoghurt but I did not get to try it out. Next time!

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From Gourmet Nomaden I got this chipotle crockpot beef served with sour cream and fresh toppings. I paid 5,9€ and got a real bargain for my money. After that huge portion I was stuffed for good. The flavours were spot on!

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The Mister had the Chinese sandwich. The flavours were also nice but the duck was a bit dry and sauce was missing.

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He was very pleased with this fish sandwich though. The salmon was super soft and succulent, perfect with the guacamole, tomato and rocket salad.
Not very cheap, he paid around 7€ for this one but he said it was worth it.

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Even the ORF, Austrian broadcasting corporation was presented here.

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The sellers from Moniseur Yong were present as well, selling their hashi maki and jia bing.

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Some South American vendors were here which I also have to try next time.

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I did not try the snails since I was stuffed already but snail gulasch does sound tasty ;)
They also sold fried grasshoppers but since I ate one, which wasn’t prepared that well, I am not that keen on trying any for some time.

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I did hear from a lot of people (my parents included) that it was way too packed and that the queues were just too long (today).
Luckily when we got there yesterday at 4pm it was still reasonably empty but we did not enjoy the bad acoustics for the music boxes and there really could have been more tables or toilets for that matter. One toilet is not enough!
All in all I am glad that such an event got organised and held in Vienna but I hope the organisers learn from their mistakes and that the next one will be a lot better :)

Le Salzgries

I have found a great spot for lunch near Schwedenplatz and the restaurant is called Le Salzgries.

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They offer delicious dishes from the French cuisine as you will see soon below.
My food partner in crime was the Mister and let me tell you that we all enjoyed our dishes and the atmosphere.

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The interior is a bit dark but warm with lots of brown and violet tones.

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Their beef tartar is a classic dish you definitely need to order! It is served with toast, fresh Thai chilli, a chilli sauce and pickled onions on the side.
The dish was just beautifully flavoured and we all loved it. It can be quite a big portion (even if it doesn’t look like it) so do share!

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The snails I ordered were nice and soft, served in a butter, garlic and parsley sauce.

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The Mister went for the Entrecôte which was nicely medium done and I had the mussels in white wine sauce served with fries.
The steak was great and served with sauce bearnaise and potato gratin.

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This mussel dish reminded me of my trip to Belgium. Picking out the mussels out of their shell can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you are hungry but I don’t think it is bad if you have to work for your food ;)

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For dessert he went with the crème brulée with a wonderful caramelized sugar layer and the rich vanilla taste made up for the dish being a bit too cold.

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I had the cheese plate which had a nice selection of cheese but since I was already super stuffed, eating this whole dish was just impossible.

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We will be back and I can’t wait to order that beef tartar again!

Have you ever heard of Le Salzgries or have been there?
They are also quite famous for their seafood platter which was served at another table. It did look really impressive and very fresh!
With the prices for the seafood it is more for a special occasion though.

Christkindlmarkt at Rathaus

The best-known and biggest Christkindlmarkt in Austria is located every year in December at Rathaus.
It is nicest to make a visit in the evening, when all the lights are on and produce a magical atmosphere.
Since I was at the university and had a long break, I decided to make a swift tour around and enjoy the spirit of Christmas.

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The huge Christmas tree, which is 140 years old (always between 20-30 meter high) is a traditionally present from one of our federal states. This year it was gifted from Südtirol (Italy), which of course does not belong to Austria any more but funnily enough it is included.Don’t ask me why ;)

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The Christkindlmarkt is actually one of my least favourites because it is too crowded (mostly with tourists).
I do enjoy it during the day when it is not yet overrun by masses of people.

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Huge pieces of ginger bread hearts and pastries will help you gain calories for the cold winter time :)

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From food to kitsch to candles and all sorts of knick knacks you can find nearly everything here.

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I just love to take in this beautiful display of white decorative objects for your own Christmas tree.

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The candles are a popular spot for pictures and selfies and across you can see the Burgtheater.

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Rathaus is worth a visit but for the evening I would recommend you to visit the Christkindlmarkt at Schönbrunn or Belvedere.
The scenery is amazingly beautiful and it is a lot less crowded!

Hy Kitchen Food Truck

Food trucks are slowly noticeable in Vienna which is very exciting and a big step in such a  bureaucratic country like Austria.
The Mister and me tried out Hy Kitchen at Freyung and a had a nice chat with the owner of the food truck, Monica Kranner who agreed that starting a food truck business was a long bottle with red tape but it is slowly getting better.

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Now to the more important stuff, her burgers! I just love burgers and am always on the look-out for a really delicious one.
We did not know what to expect but when we got served the wagyu burger and had our first bite, we knew it was one of the top 3 best burgers we had in Vienna.
The meat was super juicy and yummy, the brioche bun was fluffy and soaked up all the wonderful flavours of the red cabbage and sauce.

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We quickly devoured the burger and both came back with friends to have their last burger of the season. (As you can tell by the dramatic difference of the pictures ;))

I then tried out their cheeseburger which was yummy as well and I am looking forward to tasting the other options as well.

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The prices for the burgers and side dish is reasonable for the quality and taste and definitely worth a visit!

Sadly the food truck is closed at the moment but if I have any information on when and where Monica is selling her burgers again, I will let you know! :)

Ströck Feierabend

Ströck Feierabend is one of my go-to places on Saturdays. They offer delicious and regional food, they grow their own vegetables in Vienna and most important, they have awesome dessert ;)
As you may remember, I already blogged about their sinful crème brûlée Krapfen here.

In summer I tried out their steak sandwich which tasted pretty good but I wished there was more meat under that huge heap of arugula salad and parmesan cheese.
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Somehow I am not a huge fan of black forest cake, probably because my sister was obsessed with it when we were small and I got fed up after numerous of black forest cakes.
This pretty little cake was not bad, it was surprisingly light and fluffy and not heavy at all.

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Another time I went there with Coco after being back from London and we enjoyed those little treats of fruit cake.

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I sadly haven’t been there for a while as you can tell from my summery pictures but I do plan on dropping by soon.

One of my favourite seasons is Autumn and mainly because of all the great dishes you get at the moment. Nothing better than a hot stew or soup on cold and windy November days :)

 

Markterei

The Mister and me went to a pop-up farmers market called Markterei at the Badeschiff on the week-end. Small start-ups sold their products and it was a lovely atmosphere and really informative for both of us.

We tried out different kinds of pepper, honey produced in Vienna, chili sauces and fresh herbs, to help us decide what to take home with us.

The pink pepper for 10€ had such a lovely aromatic flavour, I can’t wait to try out my own smoothies and recipes with it. I once had a smoothie at Rauch Juice Bar with pink pepper, strawberries and basil if I remember correctly and the combination of those ingredients was just so lovely and refreshing.

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After the Pepper from Die Pfefferei we extinguished our burning tongues with the smooth and silky honeys of Wiener Honig.

I tried honey with coconut, chestnut honey, forest honey and finally fir honey, which we both loved the most. The honey was 5€ with a refundable deposit which made it around 6,5€.

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It is very rich and tastes like brown and sweet caramel. I can totally see me drizzling it on Greek yoghurt with nuts or in my matcha latte or on cooked apple slices with cinnamon. Mhm~

Our last stop was Altschachl Kräuter and a really nice lady let us try a lot of their goods before we settled with basil cress.

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The basil cress for 2€ as you can see can be more easily distributed over dishes without having to cut them opposed to normal basil. Also the basil plants in my appartement always seem to wither, so the basil cress seems to be a great alternative.

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Ta-da a peek of my breakfast. Normally I just eat really random stuff for breakfast but a simple egg dish topped with basil cress is just a great start into a busy work and university filled day. Ehem anyways back to the herbs of altschachl.

Mustard cress was pretty nice and tangy and I never tried erdginseng before (which is also called Tu-Ren-Shen and more grown-up: Talinum paniculatum ;)) and it was a very interesting experience. And by interesting I mean weird. The leaves tasted fine, then they turned suuuuper sour and to top it all of it got a bit slimy. Weird but fun! kinda

You can find information about all producers that sell their products at Markterei here. The next event probably will be held in a month :)