Gourmand Guide

3 best restaurants in Vienna that you should try at least once in a lifetime

Vienna is much more than Sachertorte and Wiener Schnitzel: the capital is surprisingly tasty and tempting, even for the most discerning gourmets! After all, this selection of three fine dining restaurants does not disappoint even the most seasoned Michelin critic!
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Steirereck (2 Michelin stars, No. 17 according to The World's 50 Best Restaurants guide)

This restaurant has already become a true symbol and reference point for all of Austrian haute cuisine. Located in the green city park, the Steirereck surprises at first sight: the modern architecture of the building with reflective glass panels is breathtaking. But that alludes to the contrast to the more traditional history of the restaurant: it has always been family-run, even for generations, and the menu was about the rural Styrian region of Austria and its delicious but simple products. But the head chef Heinz Reitbauer has changed that, and now the Steirerck is the top restaurant with a truly revolutionary cuisine.

Here you will find elegant, refined rooms, modern, refined and harmonious, full of surprises, Austrian cuisine at the highest level and with the best products.

Must try: char with beeswax, yellow carrot, pollen and sour cream; a modern variant of the goulash with spelled and medlar.

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Photo: Steirereck

Konstantin Fillippou (2 Michelin stars, selection of the 50 best discoveries)

Another jewel of the Austrian capital is undoubtedly the Konstantin Filippou restaurant. The Greek-Austrian chef offers fine dining in its relaxed form. The menu with fish dishes (but sometimes some meat dishes appear) reflects his transnational background - he has gained his rich experience in the Gordon Ramsay restaurant, Michel Roux Jr's Le Gavroche and Arzak in San Sebastián.

Konstantin's dishes are all based on Austrian products, but necessarily meet Mediterranean inspiration and heritage. For example marinated salmon, vichyssoise, gherkins and chive oil or fish soup with couscous and salsa verde.

The service is attentive and not intrusive, the dining room is minimal, done in dark colors, with dried wild herbs hanging from the ceiling as decoration.

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Photo: Gerhard Wasserbauer

Tian (1 Michelin star, selection of the 50 best discoveries)

This restaurant is the real temple of vegan and vegetarian cuisine, not only in Austria, but also in Europe. Tian and his head chef Paul Ivić try to exploit the importance of rare and long-forgotten vegetables, so that the tasting menus are odes to the vegetable and fruit world.

Goat cheese and lentil soup, kohlrabi with peas, and quinoa with green almonds are among the chef's best sellers. Paul is convinced that vegetarian or vegan means delicious, and he is certain that this type of cuisine is the future. Menus at Tian could be paired with both organic wines and homemade organic juices.

The ambience is elegant, but never posh, the bright interior pays full attention to the kitchen, which remains delicate, surprising and very balanced.

 

What to add. While you are a guest in Vienna or live in this wonderful city, these 3 outstanding and special places are always there for you. They are so beautiful, tasty and unique and they should definitely be discovered by you!

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Photo: Tian

The author Aline Borghese is an international journalist and critic of haute cuisine.

She is a graduate of the culinary schools of the Ritz Escoffier, Ecole de cuisine Alain Ducasse, La Cucina Italiana. Champagne and wine sommeliers, cocktail enthusiast, gastronomic advisor and simply Bohémienne Affamée.

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