5 Reasons To Go Beyond Wiener Schnitzel
If you like Michelin star restaurants Vienna is holding a few gems. Our love for hearty local cuisine has made space for the creative delights of fine gourmet dining. Viennese and Mediterranean food still take centre stage.
Our Michelin star chefs have modernised and lightened up Viennese cuisine. Wiener Schnitzel, Palatschinken(a type of crepe) and other fried dishes now get by on the bare minimum of frying oil. Cream sauces are either replaced or lightened up with vegetable broths. Meat cuts have slimmed down. Finally, bread and potato dumplings have changed proportions with vegetables cooked firm to the bite.
Most haute cuisine chefs deliberately source their ingredients from high quality Austrian farms. They use Austria’s rich variety of home grown vegetables, mushrooms, meat, bread and dairy products. Heinz Reitbauer, chef of Austria’s best restaurant, the Steirereck im Stadtpark, gets his vegetables from carefully selected suppliers. Among them is the Higher School for Gardening Education in Schonbrunn Palace, a private grower of dandelions, a supplier from Vienna’s Rochus market, and a specialist supplier for wild vegetables. “For me, the producers are the new important stars”, he says “they are often the roots for a new trend.” (source: Falstaff)
Michelin Star Restaurants Vienna: The Big Five
With five Michelin star restaurants Vienna offers a small but fine selection of gourmet eateries. They are all independently located rather than forming part of hotels. We currently list three one-star and two two-star restaurants,
Michelin restaurant Mraz und Sohn (one star): This Viennese family business serves highly creative cuisine that wildly experiments with Viennese food: expect things such as octopus with greaves dumplings and chicoree, or breast and thymus from veal in egg nogg with licorice cabbage and truffled rice. Third-generation Lukas Mraz learned the ropes with Dutch cooking wizard Johnnie Boer. The legere ambiente made of a mix of country style, contemporary chic and a dash of pop art seems to have organically grown over the years. Mraz and Sohn is located across the Danube in the 20th district.
Price: (3 courses) approximately EUR 65 (excluding drinks)
Location: Wallensteinstrasse 59, A-1200 Vienna (use a map of Vienna to locate address)
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays 11am to 3pm; 6.30pm to midnight; closed on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays
Bookings: call +43 (0)1 330 45 94 to book a table
Michelin restaurant Novelli (one star): This upmarket brasserie-style place, serves creative Mediterranean inspired food. Get ready for sauteed baby squids with chickpeas, orange, garlic and taggiasca olives; or filets of rabbit poached in olive oil with chestnuts, green apple, long pepper, artichokes and Iberico ham. The airy setting consists of soft leather upholstered benches, chandeliers and large mirrors, and walls panelled in dark wood and painted in cream and warm reds.
Price: (3 courses) approximately EUR 80 (excluding drinks)
Location: Bräunerstrasse 11, A-1010 Vienna (use map of Vienna to locate address)
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays 11am to 1am; kitchen open 12noon to 2.30pm; 6pm to 11pm
Bookings: make your reservation here using the online booking form