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

Skrei in Berlin

Skrei cod filet with root vegetables and jasmine rice at Goldberg Cafe & Bar in Neukölln

My first meal upon a recent visit to Berlin and I could have not asked for a more well rounded, light, fresh and absolutely delicious plate of food, by candlelight, with friends....