Urban Cult Place In Raw Viennese Style
The Vienna restaurant Motto is one of the most extravagantly designed restaurants and bars here, and enjoys cult status. Located in the up and coming fifth district Margareten, Motto has been a meeting point with my local friends for years because of its warm atmosphere, cool urban sounds and not least its food.
When I come visit from London, I like to check up on my favourite places when I lived here. Motto has been around for decades but regularly adapts its interiors and menu as it keeps pace with the local zeitgeist. The ‘raw’ Viennese style interiors let raw walls marvellously clash with fine dark green velvety upholstered seats and shiny black Thonet coffeehouse chairs. You’ll still find a few of those painted baby dolls on the walls. The iconic coffeehouse chairs are part of Motto’s original interiors, likewise the marble tables and the chandelier. At the back, Austrian artists added modern frescoes of nudes to the naked walls.
A more subtle update of Viennese cuisine is available in addition to modern fusion food and drinks: Styrian farmer’s salad with field beans and sheep cheese; baked emmental cheese with mixed salad; Schinkenfleckerl (baked pasta with savoury ham and cheese); fried quail; and a wonderfully soft traditional Tafelspitz (boiled beef with aromatic sauces).
For dessert, nothing beats the widely recommended and self tried and tested strawberry/nougat dumplings. British actor Jude Law had them (alongside with chilli steak) when he was in Vienna in April 2011 to do a film and to help celebrate Motto’s 20th anniversary.
Price for a main course: EUR 9 to EUR 25
Location: Schönbrunner Strasse 30 (entrance around the corner in Rüdigergasse)