Vienna has a new kid in town, and he’s made quite the impression so far with his style, appeal, and killer taste. His name is Mark and he arrived to the 7th district early last month; I had the chance to get acquainted the other weekend and I must say, I hope to see him again sometime soon.
Fein indeed. The 7th district was a fitting place for dear Mark to settle, since it has long been the epicenter of Viennese cool. I found my way over after having read about the new establishment on Stadtbekannt. The restaurant is so new that its website is still ‘under construction,’ which meant I really had no idea what to expect ahead of time in terms of food. All I knew was that the restaurant was dedicated to top quality dishes served at affordable prices in a relaxed atmosphere. Sounded good to me.
Upon arriving, I knew I’d found a special place. Beautifully designed and freshly renovated with white walls lending towards a minimalistic feel, the restaurant achieves district-appropriate trendiness yet maintains a palpable coziness due to traditional parquet floors and touches like a dining loft and fireplace. Joining these two areas is a bar, fabulously Neubau chic.
The evening started out with what has become somewhat of a little summer tradition of mine (ha! and of all of Vienna). A Hugo, the ‘it cocktail’ of the moment across town. It’s a lovely mix of prosecco, soda water, elderflower berry syrup, lime, ice, and mint.
And the food? I didn’t just enjoy my meal here; I savored it. The cuisine turned out to be ‘modern European,’ a.k.a international. The menu is small but bold. It was also creative, full of interesting combinations, and best of all, affordable!
I had Red Beetroot Gnocchi with a Hazelnut and Mint Pesto. This was a daring mix of ingredients that came together flawlessly.
My friend had Corn-Fed Chicken Atop Roasted Vegetables. She said it was the best meal she’d had in quite some time. If both of us felt this way, I can only gather that the rest of the menu would achieve the same results.
Leaving a restaurant satisfied is the only way one should leave a restaurant, oder? This new kid knows what’s goin’ on.