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Table talk: City Guide

Vienna’s dynamic restaurant scene spotlights diverse cuisines and exceptional local ingredients, as Verity Hogan discovers on a tour of the city’s best places to eat

City Guide
Verity Hogan,

Take in the best of both worlds at Steirereck, a wonderfully contemporary restaurant set amid the trees of the Stadtpark. Each dish is paired with a wine chosen from the well-stocked cellar. Specialities might include braised wild rabbit with red cabbage and salsify or chicken with oyster chef salad.

Steirereck, Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Vienna, +43 (0)1 713 3168

Housed within a neo-renaissance building with a ceiling painted by Carl Rahl, this café-restaurant is ideal for a light bite. The range of chocolate and praline treats on offer is naughty and nice, while the aromatic coffee is among the best in Austria. Don’t leave without trying a slice of the cherry strudel.

Gerstner, Kärntner Strasse 11-15, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 512 4963

With its hidden corners, gold-embossed cushions and tasselled lanterns, Shanghai Tan is ideal for intimate, late-night dining. Owner Tie Yang presents a fusion of Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Vietnamese cuisines in his varied menus, which change monthly. The dim sum is a high point, while noodle connoisseurs can choose from a selection of seven different types, served steamed, fried or in soup.

Shanghai Tan, Gumpendorferstrasse 9, 1060 Vienna, +43 (0)1 585 4988

With its wood-panelled walls and portraits of royalty, Restaurant Imperial provides a refined yet relaxed dining experience. Select meat dishes are carved at the table in the traditional manner, while sommelier Manfred Legl is on hand to offer cellar recommendations. Leave room for dessert, which often comes laced with Viennese sweet wine.

Restaurant Imperial, Kärntner Ring 16, 1015 Vienna, +43 (0)1 501100

Consistently ranked among the top five restaurants in Austria, Meinl’s Restaurant marries distinctive cuisine with efficient, unpretentious service. The wine list features 750 different vintages, while the seasonal, Mediterranean-inspired menu combines excellent ingredients with great aplomb. Dishes might include tagliatelle with white truffle or sea bass baked in a salt crust with chicory risotto.

Meinl’s Restaurant, Graben 19, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 532 3334

Tucked away in the basement of Vienna’s stock exchange, Restaurant Hansen is a mixture of old-world opulence and sensitive modern design. Host Leo Doppler takes diners on an odyssey from creative concoctions to traditional Austrian desserts, such as cream strudel and beer tart with white chocolate mousse. The well-edited menu changes weekly and works just as well for a business lunch as a leisurely dinner.

Restaurant Hansen, Wipplingerstrasse 34, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 532 0542

A short stroll from the Staatsoper, Restaurant Korso is the perfect choice for an after-show meal. This elegant dining-room, a former meeting place for the high society of 19th-century Vienna, evokes the glamour of a bygone era with its wood panelling, chandeliers and baroque fireplace. Try a bowl of the scallop, pike-perch and creamed lobster soup.

Restaurant Korso, Mahlerstrasse 2, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 5151 6546



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