Jewish-Mediterranean street food, an Asian Heuriger wine tavern, casual fine dining and a bar-cum-deli: a quartet of new arrivals add some interesting flavors to Vienna’s thriving restaurant scene
The former Dom Beisl behind St Stephen’s Cathedral was taken over by a new tenant at the end of 2015. The new leaseholder, Israeli star chef, Eyal Shani is now busy establishing his Jewish-Mediterranean street food concept in Vienna at his latest restaurant, Miznon Vienna. The various dishes, mainly filled pita and braised vegetable specialties, can be ordered at the counter and eaten inside. One of its signature creations is a barbecued full head of cauliflower.
In December, Austrian fusion cuisine aficionado Wini Brugger (formerly of Indochine 21 fame) opened a small Heuriger wine tavern style restaurant serving Asian cuisine in a 400-year-old bakery in the eighth district. The highlights at Winisan include Japanese Yakitori chicken skewers with homemade sauces alongside salads and hotpots. Opening hours are Tuesday-Saturday, evenings only (5pm-midnight).
Austrian chef Wolfgang Zankl struck upon an unusual concept which has helped to breathe new life into a small restaurant in the ninth district since December 2015. At Pramerl & the Wolf, the menus are tailored to the individual diners, and there are always plenty of surprises in store as part of this casual fine dining experience. The basic premise is internationally-inspired cuisine that uses regional ingredients sourced from small-scale producers – as well as a European wine list with a strong focus on Austrian varieties and natural wines.
German star chef Juan Amador is finally realising his long-held plans for a restaurant in Vienna. After a previous project in the second district was cancelled, he has now taken over the kitchens at Winzerei in the 19th district. This former Heuriger wine tavern established by top Viennese grower Fritz Wieninger will be reborn in March 2016 as Amadors Wirtshaus und Greisslerei: the restaurant will feature high-quality cuisine, while the deli will be stocked with local products and homemade goodies such as sauces and chutneys.