Photographed in Vienna, Austria in October 2019.
Photographed in Vienna, Austria in October 2019.
About a year ago I published a series about famous Viennese communal apartment blocks called “Gemeindebau”. The last time around I photographed the “Rabenhof”, i.e. raven court, in the 3rd district. Today I want to introduce to you one of the most famous “Gemeindebauten”; the Karl-Marx-Hof in the north of Vienna, named after the father of communism himself. The large building complex was constructed in the 1930s when Vienna was known as a red city, due to the leftwing government in the town hall. The Karl-Marx-Hof was designed and built by a student of the famous Austrian architect Otto Wagner, Karl Ehn, and stretches over a length of more than 1 km. Along the way there are four tramway stations. The building has a kindergarten, parks and community centres. In the short civil war in 1934 many socialists barricaded themselves in the large fortress-like building and fought against the right wing troops. Luckily there were no deaths. Today life is rather quite here and the Karl-Marx-Hof is a peaceful fortress of the working class.
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.
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/.
This 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. The article we present you today was written by my colleague and friend Maximilian Martsch, who is a researcher and works on the topic of food history. The pictures were shot by myself. Due to the longer text this time around we decided to change the format a little bit, the pictures are now included within the article and not placed in the end. Thanks to Disco Volante for the invitation and especially to Verena Piontek for the warm welcome and the interview.
I still remember my visit to the famous Antica Pizzaria Da Michele in Naples and the sensational joy I had enjoying a purist pizza Margarita. The Soft, moist dough and fluffy crust, the rich marinara sauce topped with tasty slices of mozzarella cheese and perfectly balanced with a couple of fresh basil leaves. And it’s not only the food itself, but also the bustling and lively atmosphere. After all pizza is a fast dish, you get in, take a seat, order, eat, maybe round it up with a coffee, and leave again. In many ways it encapsulates the Italian lifestyle in a nutshell.
So in order to get that authentic experience of Neapolitan pizza you have to hop on a train or plan and travel down there, right?
Well, not necessarily…right in the middle of Vienna’s trendy 6th district in the busy Gumpendorfer Straße you can get a taste of Naples’s most iconic dish. The Pizzeria Disco Volante is dedicated dishing out flat pies, topped with all kinds of fresh ingredients right from their steaming hot wood-fired oven. Not only the pizza is all inspired by its Neapolitan models, but also the design of the restaurant.
The name Disco Volante is Italian and means “flying disc” which is first and foremost a reference to the pizza’s flat shape and how the dough is thrown in the air to stretch it out before it’s garnished and baked in the oven. But besides this rather obvious correlation, the name also hints to the true eye candy of the restaurant: the wood-fired oven in the design of a disco ball. We visited during daytime, the reflection of the sunlight in the small mirrors of the disco ball created a distinctive atmosphere. However, the use of colored spotlights combined with Italian disco music also make a visit during the evening worthwhile.
The design concept can be best described as purist and clean. The restaurant immediately reminds one of the unique style of Italy in the 60s, everything looks bright, clean, and minimalistic.
The owners work together with regional producers to ensure the best quality, but you also find imports on their menu like an assortment of delicious Italian lemonades.
The restaurant opened its doors back in 2013 and you might have heard of its sister location “Pizza Mari” located in the 2nd district, which is well known among urban pizza lovers. Both restaurants are owned by Maria Fuchs who fell in love with Naples and its pizza culture while spending an exchange semester there and decided to bring this experience back to Vienna.
All the pizza cooks at Disco Volante are Italians and they must go through a special training before the master the art of pizza making, and it’s really a form of art. The wood-fired oven reaches a temperature of 300–400° and is big enough for eight pizzas baking simultaneously. Due to the high temperature the pizzas can get burned very quickly and need to be rotated repeatedly until there are finished after a couple of minutes. The work requires a crafty technique and a lot of practice. The cooks at Disco Volante know exactly what they are doing and it’s a joy to watch them scurry around the kitchen while cracking jokes in Italian.
Disco Volante doesn’t do home delivery, so you best pick up the phone and order for pick up or you just put on your sneakers and run over there to get your hands on their delicious pizza and indulge in the busy atmosphere of southern Italy.
For opening hours and further info please visit http://www.disco-volante.at
Prologue. This 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.
START GAME. You are in the center of Vienna, walking down Mariahilferstraße and suddenly you see an endearing sign of a Pizza with a Super Nintendo inside the room. You decide to jump in to the tasty world of BROS. PIZZA.
The Pizzeria started a few years ago as a project of two friends deciding to work together – hence the Bros. in the name. Legend has it when they saw the place with many ventilation tubes on the ceiling they thought of Super Mario and they came up with the video game theme of the restaurant.
At Bros. Pizza you order your meal at the bar, either for take away or for dining inside. There is a choice of around 10 pizzas, sometimes with changing additions. We decided for “L’Atomica”, a pizza with a hot toping consisting of Spanish chorizo, mozzarella cheese, caramelised onions and Red Eye hot sauce and for “Hot Goat” also called Pizza Bianca with spinach, mozzarella, goose cheese and pecorino. Both of them were delicious and crisp, the hot one having a nice spicy flavour to it. For drink we just ordered soft drinks this time around, but there is a fine choice of craft beer from the “Brussel Bier Project”.
During the waiting time (which usually is not very long) you are invited to play Super Nintendo, it’s not just there for decoration – indeed it is working actually! The available games are changing but when we were there we could play Street Fighter during the waiting time and after the meal. What a great idea! There are also other nice easter eggs referencing video game culture and especially the Super Mario Bros. in the room – just keep your eyes open.
BROS. PIZZA is open daily from Monday to Sunday from 12:00 to 15:00 and again from 17:00 to 21:00 and on Sundays from 12:00 to 20:00. You’ll find it at Zollergasse 2, close to U3 Neubaugasse. For more info check out their Facebook page.