Sunday, July 1, 2012

End Post

In efforts to consolidate my blogging activities, I will now be posting all restaurant and food experiences and memories over at my main personal blog, Nomad Dakini, under simply "Food and Drink."

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Dinner at Martinjak Am Ring

On our last night in Vienna I was excited for a special meal.  Nothing extravagant, but something definitely delicious that would make for a great memory as well as culinary experience.  

My husband and I strolled around the heart of the city, checking out menus and due to my characteristic indecisiveness when I grow hungry, I left the decision up to him.  

He chose well.  

He spotted Martinjak Am Ring from across the street.  Instead of darting across 4 lanes of traffic (as I was prone to do in that moment) we backtracked to a crosswalk and made our way like civil tourists to the restaurant. 

The menu outside was immediately appealing as was the interior of the restaurant itself. 

1st up: Bread with sweet pepper dip & pumpkin seed dip

Appetizer: Billed as "Fish & Chips" on the menu, this is definitely a creative take on the dish.  Marinated salmon with pomegranate & smoked blue marlin with avocado fruit salad & chips

My dish was sublime and sumptuous.  
Unusual but not exotic to the taste.  Soft, delicate and just the right amount.

Above: Skreifish filet with beetroot poppyseed noodles & chocolate fennel foam

Regrettably I did not get great photos of my husband's dish ( I sometimes reach a point where I realize I need to put down the camera and just focus on the experience) but I had a taste and it was....mmm, the memory makes me hungry now.

Above: The truffled potato wafer with vegetables & portwine shallots that came with the Filetsteak "Cafe de Paris."

Friday, February 24, 2012

"Art Makes Hungry"

Well, I can't say it was the art that made us hungry, because we actually did not go to any museums, but Vienna itself, as a city, is art in motion.  Stopping for lunch on a Sunday afternoon at the spacious and popular Halle Cafe Restaurant der Kunsthalle Wien.

Crispy Thai Chicken garnished with wok fried vegetables, red curry and coconut rice.  Creamy deliciousness.

Hotel Am Konzerthaus

 Above, lobby at Hotel am Konzerthaus

I loved the vibe at the bar and lounge of the hotel we stayed at. It seemed to always be quietly buzzing with activity and below, the two bartenders who truly exemplify genuine service with a smile.  Big up gentleman.

The dinner.  Oh the dinner. 
Above: Grilled chicken breast on potato-pasta with walnut parsley & sour cream

Zum Schwarzen Kameel

I am huge fan of open kitchens.  So as we had just neared about 5 hours of walking and wandering Vienna and came across the backside of Zum Schwarzen Kameel, with their kitchen and deftly moving cooks on display for all passer by's, I had my heart completely set on eating here.

We made our way to the front of the building.  Once inside we found a somewhat hectic but jovial atmosphere. Definitely a hot spot on a Saturday afternoon.  The dining room was full so we found a space in the mostly standing room only cafe/bar section.

Open faced sandwiches that everyone was munching on.  Above: curry egg, carrot and shrimp open faced sandwiches (they run about 1.10 € apiece).

The atmosphere.  Most people seem to come here specifically for drinks, sandwiches and good company and will spend the entirety of their stay, as we did, standing, munching and talking.

I regret not having taken better photos of the sandwich bar. The sandwich lady was in the process of restocking the trays as I shot these pics.

Macaron Morn in Vienna

Walking around the heart of the city on our first morning in Vienna, I saw these macarons in the window and basically could not contain myself.  Breakfast location found (Kurkonditorei Oberlaa Wien), and luckily they had plenty of savory things on the menu too because I cannot dine on sweets alone, not matter how good the macaron.

I opted for two vanilla (vanille), one pistachio (pistazie) and one raspberry (himbeere) macaron and nibbled them down to the last crumb before breakfast came. And cut it with a cup of strong Viennese coffee.

Räucherlachs mit Krengervais & Toastbrot
Smoked salmon with horseradish cream & toast

Soup at Salm Bräu Brauerei

For our first meal in Vienna we opted for a traditional brewery, Salm Bräu Brauerei

Cream of Garlic soup 
(As a garlic lover, I deeply appreciate the range of garlic soups in Viennese food, such as this Wild Garlic soup I had on my 1st trip to Austria)

Fried celeriac with tartar sauce