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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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 :)

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

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? :)

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!

Stimmungsaufheller

Often, when I am in a bad mood or just generally feel grumpy, food will lift up my mood by a big notch.
I know that it is often just a mind-set but once in a while I think it is ok to be unsatisfied.
It gives you the opportunity to reflect and makes you think about actions you need to undertake to improve yourself and your life.

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Anyway, in German we call something a Stimmungsaufheller, that literally means to brighten up your mood.
The Mister is very thoughtful and knows that I love the millefeuille from Joseph Brot.

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At the moment they even have a different versions with fruit (but I still prefer the original one!).
The other piece we shared was a brownie tart with raspberries and white chocolate cream.

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There is no chance anyone can be grumpy after those ;)

Vollpension

One of my newest additions of places I frequently visit is Vollpension.

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This cute coffee and cake place opened about 3 months ago at Schleifmühlgasse 16 and from the interior it not only just feels like you are visiting your grandma, there are actual grandmas working in this shop and baking delicious cakes.

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I love this idea because the grandmas are not only able to earn money to their low pension but they know they are needed and are not socially isolted. Which is sadly most often the case with elderly people.

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On the positive side, they always have new cakes and I never saw the same cakes whenever I had one but then the negative side is that you will seldom have the opportunity to have your favourite cake again and will forever mourn it until you find a new favourite, and then mourn this one and so on. ;)

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They also have a daily lunch menu and brunch on the week-ends, so if you are not a cake person you can also find something else there!
But seriously, who does not like cake?

Vidoni

Vidoni is a recently opened ice-cream shop with lots of vegan options near Landstraße (next to Joseph Brot) with interesting flavour combinations and a medium offer of outdoor seats.

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I love the look of their logo especially their font!
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Texture wise vegan ice-cream is of course not comparable to normal ice-cream but what I also like about them is that they don’t use soy milk.
I am not a huge fan of soy milk since it has a very strong taste of its own and distracts the pureness of taste.
The milk they are using is made from organic oats, coconuts and rice which are more flavour neutral in my opinion.

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The flavour I had was matcha with lemon, which was really sour and refreshing, while the Mister enjoyed tropic and vanilla.
They even offer delivery from the first to the third district by bike so you won’t have to get out into the heat yourself and enjoy it from home :)

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.
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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.