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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

And here some more info about this quite interesting winery:
http://www.freigut-thallern.at/en/the...

Nov 14, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

This apple in a bag called "apple to go" has its own little story: the company formerly know as "Apple Computer" actually sued the owner and operator of the "apple to go" company, but finally had to admit that an apple could be called an apple…
http://kurier.at/chronik/oesterreich/...

Oct 31, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

The Viennese usually tip 5 to 10%, and 10% is for real excellent, outgoing service !! And please keep in mind: this is just a tip, a 10% service charge is included in every single item on the menu anyway!

If you have the feeling that the waiters expect more than 10%: You maybe made the mistake of giving the - maybe correct - impression that you are "just another bloody American tourist who is used to give a 20% tip back home" …

And yes, waiters are quite used to foreign speaking tourists, and English is the least problem for most of them, when the majority of tourists is speaking Chinese, Japanese or Russian. So do not feel you have to tip them more than 10% just because you got some translation of the menu.

BTW: many places, even very simple ones, do have an english-language menu !
BTW2: Italians, at least in Northern Italy, do not tip at all, since the included service charge is in Italy an astounding 18% !! In Italy we just leave 2 or 3 Euros on the table, even for a bill for more than 100.- Euros

P.S.: Here in Vienna we usually tip around 5% for bills of 100+ Euro, even in places were we are regulars. For sums between 10 and 50 Euro we tip about one euro per guest.

Here is even an "official source" for my rules of tipping:
http://www.visitingvienna.com/eatingd...

Oct 26, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

Since you stay in the Landstrasse area you could make it to Rochusmarkt. Open on Saturday until 5 p.m.
https://www.google.at/search?q=rochus...

Oct 24, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

Yes, Brunnenmarkt is interesting !

It is indeed the only market we visit regularly, but only on saturdays when the farmers are having their weekly market on Yppenplatz. During the week there are only the regulars, who have each the same variation of inexpensive fruit and vegetables. On Saturdays there are several farmers presenting their organic food as well as jams, cakes and pastries, but also interesting ethnic food from Hungary, such as sausages made from mangalitza pork and interesting pickles. There is also a bakery from Waldviertel and a great Swiss cheese stand. Open 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Regarding restaurants there are several turkish places, Restaurant Kent being the best known traditional one (great stuffed cabbage, great lamb roast, wonderful plates of starters), And Do-An the high-end seafood place, and two excellent Italian places, the La Salvia delicatessen and Cucina Wetter. We are regulars at Kent and at Wetter, who offers a pure Ligurian cuisine …

Regarding Stammersdorf. Just try their excellent webpage, which shows exactly who is open on a given day:
http://weinort-stammersdorf.at/weinba...
Enter a date and click "Absenden".

Oct 23, 2014
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Vienna lunch advice

Zum Schwarzen Kameel and Gasthaus Pöschl are the only ones right in the city center, the others (Rudi´s, Gmoakeller and Woraczicky) are not within walking distance of the main tourist attractions.

You need reservations for Gasthaus Pöschl and Rudi´s Beisl for lunch, both are usually heavily booked. But Pöschl does not close during the afternoon hours, so you might have a late lunch after 2:30 p.m. without any reservation ! Also on Sunday !!

And your hotel, the guesthouse Vienna, also has a nice restaurant, definitely worth to stay for lunch !

Oct 19, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

If you are interested in the agricultural parts of Vienna I would recommend to visit the Kellergasse in Stammersdorf, which is one of the few street of wine cellars still in operation like 100 years ago. On a sunny Saturday afternoon you might find that several of the cellars are open and offer snacks and heurigen wine in a simple garden setup. Wieniger and Göbel are the major players, but there are many more and much smaller winegrowers…
http://weinort-stammersdorf.at/weinba...

Depending on when you come you might also visit the pumpkin farmers in the Wienerwald area or the asparagus growers in Raasdorf…
http://www.franzlbauer.at/produkte/it...
http://www.marchfeld-spargel.at/index...

Oct 18, 2014
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Trip Report: PRAGUE, VIENNA, BUDAPEST (LONG!)

The Sachertorte is made without any alterations to the recipe since almost 200 years. It was made popular in the 1870s, but was available in similar forms since the early 1700s…

What has changed is eating habits !

Traditionally Sachertorte is also served with whipped cream. Getting a piece of cake with some topping of whipped cream into your mouth makes the cake richer and increases the taste of chocolate. But nowadays everybody is afraid of fat and avoids the whipped cream…

The same might be true for the "bland" Apfelstrudel you had at Demels. Apfelstrudel is also always served with whipped cream or hot vanilla sauce, and this additions enhacne the taste very much.

The oversweet plum compote you got with your Kaiserschmarrn is another story. The correct name for this "plum sauce" is "Zwetschkenröster", and it should definitely not be too sweet, but rather have a rich fruity plum taste.

Oct 08, 2014
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Trip Report: PRAGUE, VIENNA, BUDAPEST (LONG!)

The Sachertorte is made without any alterations to the recipe since almost 200 years. It was made popular in the 1870s, but was available in similar forms since the early 1700s…

What has changed is eating habits !

Traditionally Sachertorte is always served with whipped cream. Getting a piece of cake with some topping of whipped cream into your mouth makes the cake richer and increases the taste of chocolate. But nowadays everybody is afraid of fat and avoids the whipped cream…

The same might be true for the "bland" Apfelstrudel you had at Demels. Apfelstrudel is also always served with whipped cream or hot vanilla sauce, and these additions enhacnce the taste very much.

The oversweet plum compote you got with your Kaiserschmarrn is another story. The correct name for this "plum sauce" is "Zwetschkenröster", and it should definitely not be too sweet, but rather have a rich fruity plum taste.

Oct 08, 2014
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Le Grand Bal - Vienna NYE

Ctd: Are you aware that the complete city inside the Ringstrasse and beyond will be a giant free ballroom at NYE ??

There will be hundred thousands of people in the street, there will be music of all kind, and food and drink kiosks galore. Especially Italians come to Vienna to celebrate NYE in the streets, and boy, these people know how to celebrate with lot of fun !! The only problem: despite strong laws against people still like to throw firecrackers...

There will also be a lot of special NYE menues in the restaurants, and some might even be enjoyable, although quite pricey. It might be of interest to choose one of the rooftop places with a view:
http://www.leciel.at/index.php?lang=2...
http://www.skybox.at/english/index.html
http://www.schick-hotels.com/das-schi...
http://www.kremslehnerhotels.at/de/re...

Oct 08, 2014
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Le Grand Bal - Vienna NYE

The Silvester Ball at Hofburg is a very formal ball. If you like to wear dinner jacket or tuxedo or an evening gown, and if you want to dance Vienna waltz, foxtrot, rumba or cha cha cha, this is where you go.

We have never been to the Silvester Ball at Hofburg, but we have been to Hofburg for other balls, and IMHO Hofburg is a little bit too large for a comfortable setup. I would prefer a smaller scale of ball…

Oct 08, 2014
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Trip Report: PRAGUE, VIENNA, BUDAPEST (LONG!)

Thank you very much for your extensive report !

Re your experiences in Vienna:
Sachertorte is a rather dry cake, heavy on the dark chocolate. Some versions do have a layer of apricot jam in the center, and some do not. All of them have some apricot jam under the chocolate icing. I am sure you got a good quality of Sachertorte at Aida, but maybe it is an acquired taste…
And why did you not try the Sachertorte from Hotel Sacher ?

Correct: Serving speed indeed is slow in many places.
Two reasons: most if them do not expect to "turn the table" twice, and most places do have not enough staff in the kitchen, since cost of employment is high. So you sit and wait…
It might be advisable to order starters, since these might be ready to eat (soups, salads etc.), and you might experience less of a delay for the main course. In Kutschker44 there is only the owner/chef preparing the main courses, and therefore sometimes the wait is longer than expected…

Charging for bread not ordered: this is also called a "cover charge". So you pay even if you do not eat a single pice of bread ! BTW: there is no cover charge in Kutschker44, and you have to ask for bread, which of course you will pay for...

Oct 08, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

tiempo nuovo and hartlieb have a few Italian books on a shelf, but are not the same as full blown italian bookshops !

tiempo nuovo - as the name implies - also stresses the spanish more than the italian, and there are even "pure" spanish bookshops in town…

Still, they might be worth a visit, both being great shops nevertheless !!

Oct 04, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

Tian Bistro is a vegetarian museum cafeteria, operated by Tian, the premium veggie place in Vienna.

Hollerei, OTOH, is by itself a great vegetarian place, and not inside a museum, which should be an advantage concerning food quality and service.

Have not been at the rest of you list, but a web search raised my interest only for Corbaci, which has a lot of local competition and should therefore offer something eatable…

BTW: your impression about Cafe Sabarsky is quite correct, and may apply to most of the museum cafeterias. My recommendation for Cafe Leopold and Do&Co Albertina is therefore also meant to point out that these are less museum cafeteria and more of a place to feel comfortable..

Oct 03, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

Just checked again: the new bar at Mariahilferstrasse is still smoke free !
http://www.weinco.at/filialen/wein-un...

Sep 26, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

Wein & Co tried to get smoke-free, but had to start smoking again, after their customers stayed away…

And the Sacher Blue Room is not the only smoke-free hotel bar in town !! The new Pearl bar in the Park Hyatt also is smoke free, but they have a cigar lounge next to the bar: http://www.vienna.park.hyatt.com/en/h...

Sep 26, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

I found something which might be of interest for you: here is a website AND iPhone App which presents a map and list of all smoke-free cafes and restaurants in Vienna: http://da.stinkts.net/rauchfreie-loka...

Sep 25, 2014
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Vienna help please. Some atypical questions...

1) I would like to buy an Italian-language book of pastry recipes for an Italian friend.

Try amazon.it
There is no Italian bookstore in Vienna. Italy is so close, anyone interested buys there.

2) Smoking policies in Vienna are the business of the Viennese but I am nonetheless hoping to find a top notch wine bar/vinothek in the city that is completely smoke-free.

No. All bars are smoking only.

3) Is the branch of Trzesniewski in the Rochusmarkt as good as the main one?

Yes. And no, not all their canapés have egg salad on top.

4) Do Viennese actually eat Kaiser rolls?

Yes, they do. And here it is not calles Kaisersemmel, since all rolls are of this type. You might have a machine made or a hand made...

4) Doing research on this board I saw comments that the restaurants in the museums are good choices.

Albertina: Do&Co Albertina: high-end lounge type restaurant. Viennese and Japanese cuisine.
KHM: Gerstner. High-end cafe. Have you enjoyed your stay at Cafe Sabarsky at Neue Galerie in NYC? You will like it there.
Leopold Museum: Cafe Leopold: mix of Asian and Mediterrean as well as Viennese specialties. Lots of Strudel...

5) Sturm and schnapps: Is October a good time to drink sturm?

Well, actually September is better, but October you will still get Sturm at Urbanek in Naschmarkt " He has Sturm all year round…

Schnapps: I do not like schnapps either. OTOH, there is a large number of high-end schnapps burners around. The best are the ones from Rochelt, available at Vinothek St.Stephan, right in the center of town.
http://www.rochelt.com/Rochelt_Schnap...

Sep 25, 2014
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Memorable meal in late November, anywhere in Europe?

What is "great weather" ?
In Austria this summer had 30 days with temperatures higher than 30° C, but because of heavy and frequent rain the weather was considered to have been "awful".

In November there might be a lot of sun, a little bit of rain and some early snowfall. Actually quite charming when experienced with the right waterproof outfit. And yes, November is also quite some kind of "high season": the feast of St.Martin on November 11 is celebrated not only on this day, but all through November, and the main point of this feast is the meeting in restaurants to share in the pleasure of consuming huge servings of 1. roast goose with red cabbage and potatoe dumplings and 2. the new young white wine (not yet "Heurigen" but "Staubiger", because it is bottled before filtration, and appers "dusty").

And yes, Landhaus Bacher is most likely one of the best addresses to have roast goose, but please phone in in advance for this special request, the servings of roast goose usually are strictly limited and have to be reserved in advance...

Sep 21, 2014
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Vienna restaurant recommendations

What about Zum Finsteren Stern ?http://gaultmillau.at/guides/restaura...

And Do&Co Albertina ?
http://www.doco.com/de/restaurants/do...

And the Le Ciel at the Grand Hotel was always a great choice for dining as well...

Sep 16, 2014
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Vienna "gastro" Beisels/Gasthauses?

No, they do not offer a detailed online menu. This would be uncool...
Wolfs menu changes daily, and includes new inventive versions of classic snacks (average 5 Euro), as well classic and newly invented starters and main courses for 7 to 20 Euro.

Expect Viennese standards such as Rindsgulasch, "Schweinswiener" and Kalbsbeuschl, as well as more demanding items such as brain or testicles (when in season). Wolf always has a few vegetarian dishes, and great desserts !! Zwetschkenknödel should now be in season…

Wolf also has a great wine list by the glass, and is heavily booked every day.

BTW: Another place fitting the "gastropub" category is Zum Finsteren Stern.
http://www.falter.at/web/wwei/detail/...

Sep 12, 2014
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Vienna "gastro" Beisels/Gasthauses?

The best and only "gastro pubs" in Vienna definitely are Gasthaus Wolf and Freyenstein: http://www.gasthauswolf.at
http://www.freyenstein.at/english/

There are several others which want to fit that category, but I would call none of them "elevated by technique":
http://www.dovienna.com/restaurants/c...

Sep 11, 2014
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Backerei in Vienna

Actually most of their bread is made with sourdough !
http://www.joseph.co.at/brot
and look for sauerteig ...
But maybe they were sold out when you came..

Sep 01, 2014
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Backerei in Vienna

There are several types of bakeries:
The "average" neighbourhood bakery has closed. Very few good old-type bakeries are still operating, one is Grimm, hidden in 1.,Kurrentgasse and 2.,Untere Augartenstrasse:
http://www.grimm.at/content/1-filialen
The other is Mühlenbrot, with quite a few outlets conveniently located:
http://www.muehlenbrot.net/www.muehle...

A very special niche is the one found by Schrammel: they have a shop in 4., Paniglgasse, and they sell in supermarkets as well, and have real great bread: http://schrammel-brot-wien.at/verkauf...

There are quite a few "new style" bakeries, two are the most prominent:
Joseph and Gragger, both centrally located.
http://www.joseph.co.at
http://www.gragger.at

We always buy at Mühlenbrot and Joseph.

And there are bakery chains:
Anker: http://www.ankerbrot.at
Mann: http://www.dermann.at/produkte/brot/
Ströck: http://www.stroeck.at
Felber: http://www.felberbrot.at
Schwarz: http://www.bswien.at

And these are not that bad at all, Schwarz is maybe the best of these, but you will taste the difference, once you had a piece of Joseph…

And yes, there is also "organic" bread, for the hard-core few:
http://www.gradwohl.info

And if you are looking for a real gem, try this bakery (no website):
http://www.herold.at/gelbe-seiten/wie...

And there are also quite a few Turkish bakeries, which offer Turkish and Austrian bread. You find them in residential areas, and one of their advantages: they open on sundays !

Aug 31, 2014
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A Weekday Celebratory Lunch in Vienna

Depending on the size of your party you could contact Steirereck and define a menu which would fit the taste of all attending the party ! For larger groups this is a standard procedure in order to alleviate ordering and service. The ambiente would be perfect for an 80th birthday lunch, no question...

Aug 18, 2014
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A Weekday Celebratory Lunch in Vienna

Why not Kussmaul ?

Open recently on a very venerable location on Spittelberg. Today it was completely booked, even without outdoor service, and all the the other - lower cost and lower standard - restaurants in the street were empty.

We just had dinner there: a very busy and modern ambiente, two small rooms, one close to the bar, the other a veranda. Great food, you may eat a la carte, or have a 4, 6 or 8 course tasting menu. Very young local clientele, great service. And not as expensive as Steiereck. We had four 4 course menues, and really enjoyed the meal. With aperitifs, coffee with spirits and 3 bottles of wine we paid € 350 without tip.

http://www.kussmaul.at
http://derstandard.at/2000003110891/K...

But for a celebration I really recommend something more formal. A great location is the new The Bank at the Park Hyatt Vienna: you eat in large bank hall of the fin-de-siecle, ample space between tables, great service, classic food with a modern twist.

http://www.vienna.park.hyatt.com/en/h...

Aug 18, 2014
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One night in Vienna...where to eat?

Steirereck recently reopened after heavy renovation and redecoration. The do now NOT have any outdoor seating places, but rather have many large and removable windows, so that some of the tables are located near a large, sometimes open, window, some not...

You might ask for a window seating, and the window will be open, when the weather permits.

Aug 15, 2014
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One night in Vienna...where to eat?

Hello Kurtis,
Gasthaus Pöschl is an excellent idea. I was not aware they open on Sunday, but it seems that things are slowly improving !

Zum Schwarzem Kameel actually would be a great counterpoint to Pöschl, its ambiente being maybe the most original and interesting fin-de-siecle restaurant interior in town. If your require some vegetarian dishes, it should be no problem if you ask for it when making the reservation. This place has a large kitchen and should be able to fill every request !!

I really have to admit that you have made your homework, and this will be a great day in Vienna !!

Aug 14, 2014
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One night in Vienna...where to eat?

No, you are not.
That is the reason why my primary response was: Everything is closed !! With everything of course I meant: everything worthwhile…

But when smaointe wrote "holy moly", I simply had to use that pun...

Aug 11, 2014
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One night in Vienna...where to eat?

Good Idea !
The restaurant Holy Moly is open on Sunday, and quite an experience on a sunny summer evening:
http://www.badeschiff.at/BadeschiffWi...

Aug 10, 2014
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