The last time I went to Vienna was probably half my life ago. Really. Yep, that long ago. It was probably still part of the Austro-Hungarian empire when I last arrived. I remember two things about the city from my last visit: it had some awesome art, and some equally awesome food.
Looks like not much has changed since then.
During our four days in the city, we checked out the Schiele exhibition at the Leopold Museum, the Klimt friezes at the Secession, the Imperial Crypt, the Vienna Woods... but you want to hear about the food, right?
We arrived in the city fairly late in the day and, after a bit of a walk around, we stopped off at Bio Bar von Antun, a little vegetarian restaurant near the Stefansdom cathedral in the centre of town. The weather was great and the place has some outside space - a tiny courtyard - that we took full advantage of.
We kicked off with some Rusticiana 'oven bread' - bruschetta with herbs, garlic and olive oil.
There's even a mung bean salad there, alongside all the other stuff. I ate this and felt virtuous.
Then I thought I'd undo all my good work with a great big slice of cake. There were about five different vegan gateaux to try, and a few different varieties of cupcake and biscuits to boot. I went for the walnut cake - oddly enough, the dessert all the English-speaking people had been ordering that day, the server told us.
The English speaking people were definitely onto a winner. To be honest, the walnut cake wasn't overly walnutty, but when a piece of gateau looks like that, who cares? There was enough icing to decorate your house with and some lovely light cake to keep it all in.
So I wasn't overly disappointed when we were back there the next day, although not deliberately. We had planned to eat at a place called Landia not far from the Naschmarkt, where we'd stopped in for a wander and a drink. Despite getting to Landia at 8pm - two hours before it was meant to shut - and found the staff putting chairs on tables, despite a couple of diners still eating outside. They told us they were shut. We were a bit lost.
We didn't have a back up plan, there was no wi-fi to be had, and so with no better plan, we wandered back to Yamm.
What we didn't know at the time was that the amazing Swing Kitchen is just around the corner from Landia.
Swing Kitchen is a burger bar that only serves vegan burgers and plays swing music. Sounds promising already, no?
Well, it was just good as it sounded. Great, big sloppy burgers the size of a wrestler's fist, classic burger bar sides, and homemade sodas. There were even some delicious looking vegan cakes for afters, but the burgers were so good, and so big, I couldn't have tried one even if I wanted to.
The burgers. Let me tell you about the burgers. Mr Flicking the Vs went for a Swing Cheeseburger, I went for the Vienna Burger.
Bio Bar von Antun
Drahtgasse 3, 1010 Vienna
+43 1 968 9351
Universitätsring 10, 1010 Vienna
+43 1 5320544
Schottenfeldgasse 3, 1070 Vienna