Holland, as photographed in black and white, in April of 2017.
Holland, as photographed in black and white, in April of 2017.
This article is part of the “Urban Discoveries” series, in which we seek and discover interesting and well designed places to eat and drink around Europe and especially in Vienna. Again I worked together with my colleague and dear friend Maximilian Martsch, who is a researcher and works on the topic of food history. The pictures were shot by myself. Thanks to the folks at Burger Bros. for the invitation and the nice talk.
The Bermuda Triangle in Vienna is well known for many things, including bars and drunken teens but certainly it was never known for good food. Is this about to change? We visited the new Burger Bros. restaurant to investigate. The franchise subsidiary opened its doors just a couple of months ago and it’s the latest addition to the Burger Bros family. The small Vienna based franchise already has two other locations in the city, one at Hauptbahnhof and another one in the Wien Mitte shopping mall. All three restaurants have a similar design to establish a corporate identity which is easily recognizable for the costumer. Nonetheless, the interior of Burger Bros Bermuda doesn’t feel generic or uncomfortable. There are a couple of nice design elements which create a distinct, relaxed atmosphere like the hand-painted walls, the colorful bar chairs and the ceiling lamps. Also make sure to use the washrooms, so you don’t miss out on the hilarious Chuck Norris quotes on the doors.
But certainly the design is not or at least not the only reason to visit Burger Bros Bermuda – it’s their food. During the last years, several premium Burger restaurants sprung up around Vienna, saying goodbye to the burger as the classic incarnation of the fast food generation closely linked to global chains like McDonalds, Burger King and co. Fitting right into this trend, Burger Bros puts an emphasis on quality and innovation rather than simply price.
All their burgers were created by trained (starred) chefs, using only fresh and regional ingredients. Especially the quality of beef is key to a great burger, at Burger Bros they use Black Angus or Simmentaler beef for their burger variations. And let me tell you, you can really taste the difference! The beef patty is thick, juicy and simply delicious. It’s the heart of the burger and therefore calls for quality. The second most important part of the burger is arguably the bun. The soft brioche buns are not made in house but delivered to all three Burger Bros locations in the morning. The bun has a nice, soft, lightly toasted texture, which perfectly accompanies the beef patty. Beside their delicious burgers, they also offer tasty ribs, steaks, hot dogs and a variety of salads and sides. If you are up for a special treat, order their Rossini burger with foie gras or go for the burger of the month.
What goes better with a burger than a nice cold one? Aside from the obligatory draft beers, Burger Bros Bermuda offer an excellent selection of national and international craft beers. If you are more into wine, they also have a great wine selection to make sure you find the right pairing for your food. Overall, they have a nice range of alcoholic drinks. Cocktails and shots are on the menu as well for a very reasonable price. Make sure to check out their changing deals on food and drinks. For instance, on Wednesday they have 30% on craft beers. If you are not just looking for a quick, cheap bite, but rather for a high-quality, tasty Burger and a nice drink in a relaxed atmosphere, Burger Bros Bermuda is a real tip for you. From May on, you even can enjoy their food and drinks outside in their pub garden.
For more information and opening hours, visit http://www.burgerbros.at.
The natural beauty of Holland is stunning. You never stop to marvel when cycling around the vast and seemingly endless fields of the Netherlands. Especially in spring the country is beautiful, when the nature comes alive again and the tulips are in full bloom. Hop on the bike and take a ride with me!
This article is part of the “Urban Discoveries” series, in which we seek and discover interesting and well designed places to eat and drink around Europe and especially in Vienna. As last time again I worked together with my colleague and dear friend Maximilian Martsch, who is a researcher and works on the topic of food history. The pictures were shot by myself. Thanks to the folks at Bao Bar for the invitation and the nice talk.
If you are in search for new restaurants in Vienna, which serve delicious, foreign food beside the usual suspects, Bao Bar might just be the right place for you. Centrally located in Zollergasse right around the corner from Vienna’s busy shopping street Mariahilferstraße, Bao Bar offers high quality Asian street food, conveniently tucked into a steamed bun.
Bao, or more correctly Gua Boa is a Taiwanese street specialty, consisting of a soft, steamed wheat bun filled with all kinds of mouth-watering ingredients. Originating in the Chinese province of Fujian, Gua Bao was adopted into Taiwanese culture and ultimately became a staple of the country’s street food scene. Gua Boa had its breakthrough into western mainstream street food culture in North America, where it is still a popular pick among urban foodies – naturally, there even is a short Vice documentary on it. International trends always seem to take some years before they find their way to Vienna, but with Bao Bar you now have the right place to get your hands on this delicious treat. The owner is a young, trained cook who came up with the idea for the restaurant after traveling and obviously eating his way around Southeast Asia. Since one and a half years now, Boa Bar is open for business and is serving its burgers to the hungry Viennese crowd.
The name already implies that Bao Bar is rather small. The design is inspired by Japanese art and the movie Blade runner. The combination of pink signs, black and white floor tiles, wooden interior, and steel pipes really gives the place a stylish sleek vibe. There are several bar-style seating possibilities at the window and along the wall. The heart of the place is the open kitchen, where you can place your order and watch the skilled personnel swiftly assemble your burger. If you go for the menu option (Bao box), you can choose two buns, one side and a soft drink. They have crispy sweet potato fries with a nice kimchi ketchup, sesame slaw made of pickled vegetables, and Japanese edamame beans as sides as well as a variety of drinks available, ranging from home-made lapacho ice tea, over Asian beers to Taiwanese soda. If you are in for a special treat, they even have Japanese Kirin beer on tap!
Bao Bar offers three burger variations: pork belly, crunchy chicken and a vegan tofu option. All three are accompanied by a selection of pickled, crisp vegetables and rounded off by one of their home-made sauces. The traditional pork belly bao for instance comes with a juicy slice of marinated, red-cooked pork belly, pickled cucumber, house-made hoisin sauce, some fresh cilantro, and ground peanuts. It’s delicious and all the ingredients are high quality. Apart from the meat, which is coming from a small family-run butcher shop in the city, all ingredients are self-made. You can even see the vegetables slowly fermenting in big jars over the counter. The heart of the bao burger, the white, wheat buns are produced fresh every morning in the back before being steamed over boiling water right in front of the costumer.
All in all, Bao Bar is just a great place to have a quick bite or to order for take-away. It’s a well thought-through place that offers fresh, high quality fast food. If you don’t have the time to check it out in person, you can also order their food via Foodora, but then you’ll definitely miss out on the great design and lively atmosphere.
To find out more about Bao Bar and their opining hours visit: https://www.baobar.at/.
When traveling Holland you notice a lot of beautiful landscapes, endless tulip fields and scenic views on windmills. But the towns are as interesting and pretty as the nature surrounding them. The following pictures were shot in Leiden, Gouda, Woerden and Delft.