One warm April evening, my husband and I sidestepped busy restaurants and went for Vienna restaurant Hofzeile 27. Here is our independent review:
The restaurant Hofzeile is an exclusive private dining place that is in the best sense unique. Whether you are a romantic couple in search for an exclusive place to eat, plan a discrete business dinner, want an authentic local experience, love to sneak behind private curtains in style or just love boutique eateriesthis place covers it.
Located in Vienna’s noble residential district Döbling, Sibylle Fellner-Kisler has used the gastronomic heritage of her parents to set up a private yet exclusive food heaven in her own stylish 200 sqm family villa.
When my husband and I arrived, we were welcomed by Wolfgang, Sibylle’s husband, who showed us around their realm: a well sized but warm looking dining area with four tables, a sparkling white techno kitchen, a lounge-style terrace in what I would call a typical Viennese townhouse garden, and a bar area that topped most local drinks places. Around six months of frantic working made this place possible. Sibylle and Wolfgang had spent a good part of it familiarising local authorities and neighbours with a novel business concept.
What We Found On Our Plates
Vienna Restaurant Hofzeile 27. The four course menu that was previously suggested by Sibylle was exquisitely modern cuisine with a strong Austrian touch: wild salmon with spinach and horse radish, French onion soup, braised pork roast with fine dumplings and sour cabbage, and Salzburger Nockerln for dessert.
While we trialled her wild garlic spread, Sibylle moved between guests and kitchen. She gently shooed her two pyjama-dressed little boys back to bed, while Wolfgang co-entertained and supported the guests.
Food quality, ambiente and pricing easily matched local luxury restaurants. Add exclusive private space and lovely hosts and you get a mix that you won’t find elsewhere in Vienna.
Vienna Restaurant Hofzeile 27: Practicalities
Price (individual menu): from EUR 55, excluding drinks;
Location: Hofzeile 27; A-1190 Vienna
How to get there: By public transport: Underground U6 to Nussdorfer Strasse; change to tramway no. 37 until Pokornygasse; then walk for five minutes until you arrive;
Bookings: table and menu booking required three days in advance; Go to Sibylle’s booking page