Restaurant Paul in Vienna – a pear-driven, but not pear-shaped, fun evening

During my recent stay in Vienna for my day job, I passed by Paul every day on my way to work. It was pretty much at the midway point: 5 minutes’ walk from my hotel near St Stephen’s, 5 minutes from the office near Wien Mitte. Ranking and Atmosphere As usual I had read up on all the local eateries way before my departure from London. So I was fully aware that Paul was at or near the top of almost all rankings out there. I don’t know what took me so long to visit. I waited nearly until the last week of my stay. Prior to that I mainly went for more traditional places, or, at times, for something foreign like an Italian or a Greek. I’m guessing that Paul simply does not fall into a category I typically choose. It is a level below proper fine-dining (another category […]

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Weibel’s Wirtshaus in Vienna – Beautiful Beuscherl

Weibel’s Wirtshaus happened to be more or less on my way from the office to my hotel. This was when I was working in Vienna for a few weeks end of last year. It is located in a small side street two minutes’ walk from St. Stephen’s. Hidden away from all the hustle and bustle of the big city. In summer, their small ‘Schanigarten’ or beer garden is popular, we hear. Michelin Guide Recommendation The Michelin Guide calls Weibel’s Wirtshaus “the archetypal Viennese restaurant.” It attests to a warm, friendly, rustic and snug atmosphere,” with “good, simple, traditional cooking.” On Tripadvisor it was awarded “Traveller’s Choice 2020.” The eatery is currently ranked a very respectable No. 218 out of over 3,700 restaurants. Pleasant Atmosphere, Great Service The warm, bright, friendly atmosphere immediately took me in. The cheerful waiter greeted me at the door. He led me to my table after […]

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Gasthaus Poeschl – Your Cosy ‘Local’ in Central Vienna

During my recent trip to Vienna for my day job, Gasthaus Poeschl, which I had never heard of before, was one of three restaurants recommended by the local work colleagues (the other two ones I had known before: Café Korb and Café Englander; click on the links for the blog posts). Great Atmosphere More or less opposite the street from another favourite of ours, Zum Weissen Rauchfangkehrer, Poeschl immediately took me in with the cosy vibes of a place where locals congregate to have a meal and exchange some rumours. There was a fair bit of noise in the room. Some guests had brought their kids, others were involved in loud discussions about the sense or nonsense of the latest Covid restrictions. I admired the waiters for their agility and grace, manoeuvring three or four plates at a time through the tiny space between the bar and the tables.   […]

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Fine Dining in Edinburgh: Martin Wishart

Before the Covid crisis, Ms B and I visited Edinburgh. As it happened, the anniversary of our first date fell into that period. So we decided to treat ourselves to a meal at Edinburgh’s first and longest-standing Michelin-starred restaurant: Martin Wishart. The Chef The restaurant’s homonymous owner and chef is a proud Scotsman who was born in town. At the age of 29, after years of training under Albert Roux, Michel Roux Jr, and Marco Pierre White, he founded this eatery in 1999. Two years later it was awarded its Michelin star and has kept it ever since. Well done there. French traditions with a modern twist Wishart’s cooking is based in French traditions and techniques, but with a modern twist. He puts a strong focus on locally sourced, high-quality ingredients wherever possible. Since opening his flagship restaurant, he successfully opened two more restaurants, one in the same city, and […]

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Cafe Korb – Vienna’s Artists’ Haunt

In 1906 the Kaiser Franz Joseph Lebens- und Rentenversicherungs-Anstalt (insurance company) moved into the newly-built premises at the same time as Café Korb moved into the ground floor where it still sits today. The emperor himself rocked up for the usual free bubbly and canapes. The café was owned and operated by Amalie and Adolf Korb, who had not only been successful as restaurateurs but also as parents of one of the most famous sopranos and dancers of her time: Jenny Korb. The complex around the initial insurance company main building was rebuilt around 1960. The new owners of the venue, family Widl, decorated the premises in the day’s fashion: functional early 1960s style. Much of the interior (like the wooden chairs, the Formica table-tops) is still the same as in the 1960s, with much love and effort going into maintenance and repairs. Keeping in tradition with its beginnings under […]

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