This restaurant serves authentic Szechuan food to Vienna’s locals and to a savvy international clientele. All the classics of Chinese cooking are present on the menu, and the flavours are impeccably balanced. Dishes include steamed trout with ginger and leek, diced chicken with chilli and wild pepper and crab-stuffed dumplings. While the extensive menu is a real draw, Sichuan’s trump card is its stunningly pretty Chinese garden.
Sichuan, Arbeiterstrandbadstrasse 122, 1220 Vienna, +43 (0)1 263 3713
Fast becoming the meeting place of choice for the city’s cool, creative types, Fabios is an über-hip restaurant in the heart of Vienna’s first district. Food here is hearty Italian fare, prepared and presented in contemporary style. The menu might feature warm lobster salad, cannelloni filled with duck ragoût, roast rack of venison with rosemary gnocchi or octopus risotto. The wine list is excellent and Fabios also has a bar-lounge area.
Fabios, Tuchlauben 6, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 532 2222
Diners in search of authentic Japanese fare that looks as good as it tastes need look no further than Unkai at Vienna’s Grand Hotel. The restaurant’s award-winning head chef Hiroshi Sakai is well known for his gastronomic creations, all stunningly presented in clean, contemporary style. Choose from gourmet sashimi and sushi options, Japanese delicacies such as salted squid and salmon roe with grated radish, and, of course, classic noodles, soups and tempura.
Unkai, Grand Hotel Wien, Kärntner Ring 9, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 5158 09110
For an authentic taste of traditional Viennese cooking head to Niky’s Kuchlmasterei, an elegant, old-school restaurant. Prepared using simple ingredients from local merchants, the menu’s rustic dishes, such as roast suckling pig with white cabbage and dumplings, are reinterpreted for sophisticated palates. Luxurious options such as grilled lobster with saffron sauce and truffle butter toast with truffles are also available, and diners can unwind over a range of delicious cocktails.
Niky's Kuchlmasterei, Obere Weissgerberstrasse 6, 1030 Vienna, +43 (0)1 712 9000
Located inside a stunning greenhouse in the Hofburg Palace Gardens, Palmenhaus is a vast, bright, airy brasserie-bar serving modern European food. Dishes such as endive with hazelnut vinaigrette and fried goat cheese and smoked breast of duck with quince are impeccably executed and elegantly presented. The restaurant’s terrace, with its magnificent views of former emperor Franz Josef’s private garden, is one of the best places in Vienna to enjoy alfresco dining.
Palmenhaus, Burggarten 1, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 533 1033
All’Isola is Vienna’s most alluring culinary destination. A small, Mediterranean-inspired restaurant specialising in seafood, it is known across the city for its laid-back atmosphere; the motto here is ‘come as a guest and leave as a friend’. Alongside freshly cooked fish, there is a large selection of meat and vegetarian dishes, as well as an enviable wine list.
All'Isola, Am Wasser 4, 1220 Vienna, +43 (0)66455 71083