Junn Bar & Kitchen

This is the perfect place to meet friends and work colleges alike for some drinks or yummy food in a very stylish and hip restaurant. Even though it is located in the first district, the prices are fair and not too pricey.
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Erwin and me decided to share a starter for two people. The starter contains six different yummy dishes for 12€, which is only 2€ per dish! Everything tasted as delicious as it looked and I was really surprised by how lovely the edamame tasted.

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The cocktails they offer, not only sound cool, they have an Asian twist to it.
Even though the calpis cocktail sounds sweet, it is really strong so beware!

Food wise I went with a brown wheat bao which tasted nice even though it was quite hard to eat elegantly with everything dripping onto the plate. Not date-night approved ;)

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The ramen Erwin had looked neat with lots of toppings but compared to Karma ramen you definitely could taste that the noodles weren’t home-made.

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For desserts we decided on coconut mochi filled with peanut and sesame sauce with some fruit. Like most Asian restaurants they don’t have a huge selection on desserts.

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I heard that the lunch offer is really great so I hope to return for that soon!

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Feinkoch

Located in Neubau, the hip and trendy district of Vienna, Feinkoch not only offers menus to cook at home for (single) cooks, you can also find lots of special treats for your special foodie or just for yourself ;)

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You can pick a recipe and then get all the ingredients for the exact portions you need. I really like the concept which is pretty handy for people living alone. You can also check out the available recipes they have at the moment online.

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It’s so cool how they used all those old wooden crates to make furniture and I especially love that white cabinet!

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I like to buy the sweet bars they have, even though I am not a huge fan of chocolate, I really enjoy the chocolate bars from the grown up company!

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Definitely something you should check out, especially if you love to cook but are living alone!

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!

March – Restaurant discoveries

I noticed that I neglected my food posts and since I have accumulated already a number of pictures I thought I would make a compromise and stuff them into one post :)
It seems that in March I had quite the cravings for Asian food!

Sapporo Inn – Am Heumarkt 9, 1030

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Yu ciang aubergine
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Shao lun bao
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hot and sour soup
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Acht Schätze – pretty sure it is not translated to “eight treasures” into English right?
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wan tan pockets
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Dan Dan noodles and lamb skewers

The shao lun bao here have been praised a lot online and since they are not easily found in Vienna, I just had to try them! If you go there, be sure to also try their yu xian aubergine dish, it tastes amazing. The service could be a bit more attentive and it is a bit cold but the food makes me come back!

Beijing Kitchen – G1,, Landstraßer Hauptstraße 71, 1030

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Jaozi, Dalu Mian and Zhajiang Mian
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Baozi with vegetable filling
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Xian Bing with meat filling

Definitely not a beauty (inside and outside) and a very casual restaurant, you can find authentic Beijing cuisine here. The dim-sum are all made fresh and the noodles are also all handmade. Everything is really cheap and the portions are huge so you definitely will be taking some food home like us to enjoy later on ;)

Chinazentrum – Rechte Wienzeile 29, 1040 Wien

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me eating and the food from left to right is: congee, deep fried taro pockets and radish cake

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With my friend Jannica who speaks mandarin I finally dared to enter haha
They have a lot of options but we specifically were after dim-sum because they have the most extensive dim-sum list I found in Vienna. Everything was yummy and I especially enjoyed the deep-fried taro pockets filled with pork. The century eggs with congee weren’t so bad, better than the first time I tried them ;)

Hot Pot Chen – Linke Wienzeile 20, 1040

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Dim-sum variation

I will be trying out the hot pot this evening actually so I can’t say anything about it yet but the dim-sum were all freshly made and super yummy! Not quite sure why they served it with sweet and hot chilli sauce but the price 3,5€ per portion is quite cheap! It is very new and therefore you can’t find anything online yet.

Banh Mi

Vienna is not known for being a huge or important metropolis but the food scene here is developing and looks to be a lot more promising.
The first Banh Mi shop opened in December and is as far as I know the only place that offer those delicious Vietnamese (but French inspired) sandwiches. It is located at Faulmanngasse 1, 1040 and worth a visit!

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When eating Vietnamese I always make the mistake and forget to order my dishes without coriander. Did you know that a gene is responsible for people either loving or hating coriander? For some it can even taste like soap. Luckily for me it doesn’t, I just dislike it ;)

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I have tried the five-spiced pork banh mi and the chili lemongrass beef banh mi. While I loved the flavour of both dishes, the pork banh mi is by far my favourite. The taste is just amazing and due to the pickles it even tastes and feels a bit healthy ;)

For drinks they have lemonades from this cute brand called John Lemon. I love puns and was amused by that name for hours :)

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My yummy Banh Mi covered in coriander before I picked off those greens and dumped them (with much delight for Kerstin) on her sandwich.
Lesson Nr1: If you go out for Vietnamese food and constantly forget to say: “no coriander please” bring a friend who loves coriander. Problem solved :)

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There is always one cake for dessert and some Vietnamese coffee in case you want something sweet after that huge sandwich. I shared the banana cake with Kerstin and to my surprise enjoyed the coffee (not a huge coffee lover) that the owner kindly gave us for free.

Cute place with friendly staff and yummy food. What more can you ask for?

Markterei in der alten Postfiliale

Markterei is a great place for small local shop owners to sell their regional goods and it moved from Badesschiff to Magdas Hotel and is now in the old post building near Schwedenplatz.
I have already written about Markterei last year in October and December in case it sounds familiar ;)

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There were some sellers I knew already but I saw lots of new goods and best of all, I had lots of yummy food!

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The highlight of my evening was raclette. I love cheese and it is even better when it is molten!

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So so yummy, I could have this everyday!

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Next was a holy moly hot dog from kimbodogs with guacamole, bacon and caramelized onions. They have so many interesting options, it was really hard to choose just one hot dog! You also have the option of upgrading your sausage to kangaroo for 1€.

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For dessert I had pistachio ice-cream from Leones Gelato. It was super creamy yet felt really light, I wonder how they produce it.

In case you don’t have all your Christmas presents already like me, it is the perfect place to find something for your food lover or just yourself :)

Oyakodon

My anime phase is over but I did recently get hooked on Shokugeki no Soma by a friend of mine. Thanks Khoa!
It is a cooking anime (similar to Yakiktate! Japan) and not only funny and weird, you do learn quite a lot about Japanese cuisine.
Let me tell you, you just can’t watch this anime without getting huge cravings of whatever they are cooking at the moment.

A donburi is a dish served on a bowl of rice and is mostly very quick and easy to prepare.
Oyakodon means parent and child and of course the joke here is that there is still this debate whether the chicken or the egg was there first. So it is up to you who the parent and the kid is.

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I just love the combination of moist chicken with fluffy eggs on hot steaming rice!
The recipe I used, is the one from one of my very first food blogs I used to follow, many many years ago. You can go over to Happy Home Baking for the instructions and better pictures ;)
I always forget how hard it is to take nice pictures of food. I am quite the brute and don’t care too much about appearance when I eat something home-made.

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At the moment I just feel a bit lazy with me having an internship in an NGO and won’t be posting that regularly. I do have a lot of things I want to share but when I come home after work I just want to grab something to eat and relax on the couch. Preferably with Shokugeki or another series ;)

Yori – Korean Fine Dining

Yori is not only serving traditional Korean dishes, they have an amazing interior design, which I wish I could have at home.
The two dominant colours in the restaurant are red and black, with a well thought of balance. I especially love the tree wall!

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A lot of fancy Japanese places have opened the last few years and I am glad there is finally a Korean restaurant with great interior yet with an affordable pricing.

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For drinks they have really interesting Korean lemonades and teas. I had this very refreshing and herbal tasting lemonade with the five-flavour berry. I never had heard from this special berry before. Also I did not know that I was not supposed to eat them. I don’t recommend you trying them but they had a very interesting flavour which explains the name ;) The first few bites taste like a fresh pepper which soon turns to a herbal taste which ended in a very bitter and displeasing after-taste.

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For starters we had lovely homemade kimchi and good heap of fried chicken in a honey-chili sauce.
We both wished we could have this chicken as a main-dish because it was just so juicy and delicious, while burning our tongue from the heat.

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I love the side dishes that are called banchan. Sadly all of the Korean places I know in Vienna only serve those to Korean customers unlike Yori.
Our side-dishes were kimchi, small fried fish with nuts, seaweed salad and marinated quail eggs.

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My order was the samgyup kimchi, thin fried pork strips with kimchi and onions. Very tasty and flavourful!

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The dolsot bibimbap the Mister ordered tasted super authentic, just like in Seoul.
We went to Yori to celebrate the Birthday of the Mister and definitely will be back again. I went there again with friends last week because it was that yummy.

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Contact details:

Yori – Korean Dining

Wiesingerstraße 8 1010 Wien
Telephone: 057 333 777
Monday till Saturday open from 11am till 11pm

Ramen at newly opened Kojiro 3

Good sushi is not that easy to find in Vienna but Kojiro at Naschmarkt is definitely one of the great places for them.

I did not try out their sushi there since I was too busy to check out their ramen options but the sushi and maki on the other table looked really yummy.

The restaurant itself did not look really special, they did not do many changes and went with the look of the restaurant Big Bowl which was there before Kojiro opened up.

The takoyaki was really delicious, crispy yet really fluffy and creamy inside. It is way to pricey though for 4 pieces on a stick they charge 4,9€.

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The mister and me ordered karaage and this mini portion arrived. Sadly the pieces were too small and thus not juicy on the inside. Also quite a pricey starter for 4,9€.

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I was not overly impressed with the yakisoba and the udon dishbut my focus in this restaurant is the ramen anyway.

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The ramen was tasty and the noodles were perfectly al dente! To my surprise I did like Cocos choice of shoyu ramen more than my choice which was goma miso.

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I also loved the flavour of pak choi. The dish is quite heavy and it kinda brought in the healthy part ;)

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For dessert I ordered chestnut mochi with honey. We got mochi with black sesam filling instead which tasted really nice though, especially with the honey.

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The restaurant is not bad but I’ll stick next time with ramen!
I can’t find any information about the restaurant on the internet yet but it is located at Rechte Wienzeile 25-27 Ecke Pressgasse 1040.

Taste of India

I am not often in the mood for Indian food but if I am craving some curry, the Mister and me will always go to Taste of India.
On their website, you can find a link to a coupon of 3€ but you can’t turn it in if you took the lunch menu.

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It has become our favourite Indian restaurant, even if we haven’t tried a lot of them in Vienna I think I can still say it is one of the better ones.
The service is very friendly and they always ask, how hot you would like your dish. Ordering a none spicy dish for kids or people who can’t handle any heat is fine too!

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Am I the only one who gets bloated after a mango lassi? I still love to order it though, mango lassi is perfect in combination with spicy food :)
We especially love their lunch menus which are only 7,9€ and include a soup, a main dish, rice and salad. One of the options is always vegetarian.
You can always check out their lunch offers on their website.

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The portions in Indian restaurants always look tiny but I often struggle to finish them.

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Do you have any recommendations for Indian restaurants in Vienna? What is your favourite Indian dish? :)