AUSTRIAN FOOD IN VIENNA - Part One
The majority of people I asked this were also heavily influenced by their geography or ancestry. Texans would typically say BBQ, Californians would often choose Mexican food, many Brits opted for Roast Dinners, and those with fond family memories from childhood would go for a relative’s home cooked classic. Sushi was also a surprisingly popular choice (why waste such a glorious opportunity on sushi when eating healthy doesn’t even matter anymore?!). What really surprised me, though, was how few people opted for the typically extravagant filet-mignon-served-with-lobster-tails-on-a-bed-of-caviar-infused-oysters type answer. I guess most of us just wanna stick with familiar comfort food, and given the scenario I posed, who could blame us?
Anyway, as it’s vaguely related and in the continued spirit of overindulging, here’s some of my favourite food in Vienna, menu style! I’m only giving you a main and a dessert, because quite frankly, both are massive and should be enough for even the hungriest tourist after a day of wine tasting or kayaking with us. I may get deported for this, especially with Brexit on the horizon, but you’ll find no mention of either Wiener Schnitzels nor Sacher Torte here, as I think both are pretty overrated (any cake that has to be served with cream due to its inherent dryness should be ashamed of itself). Anyway, my Viennese meal selection is as follows…
So, in the spirit of indulging while on your holidays, venture forth and seek out your own favourite Austrian food in Vienna. If you’re having trouble deciphering the menu, though, and you like the sound of both Zwiebelrostbraten and Kaiserschmarren, then give them a try. Just come hungry! Tip: If you’re a light eater and out with friends or family, then it might be worth sharing a main course, otherwise a lot of good food may go to waste. I’ll be adding part 2 to this post (edit – this only took me a year and half) with more suggestions of Austrian food in Vienna, including my recommendations for the best places to find these dishes, so check back regularly.
Good eating or ‘mahlzeit‘ as we say in Austria – James