Austria is known for many great things and its delicious Bavarian cuisine is just one of them. A rich, doughy and filling offering of hearty stews, potato’s done every-which-way-possible, bread dumplings , fried schnitzel , slabs of meat, sauerkraut, sausages and strudel (did anyone else pick up on the ‘s’ theme or was it just us?!), Austrian food can at times be intimidating but it is something you must try when in this beautiful country.
Everywhereist perfectly describes Bavarian food as ‘a monster truck. It crumples the delicate-by-comparison culinary offerings of Spain, Italy, and France like tiny little Fiats and Peugots in its path.’ So, do you want to try it, of course you do! BUT, you want authentic and traditional Austrian food and not something that’s going to give you a dodgy stomach when you head out afterwards...that’s exactly where Vienna’s Mariahilferbrau comes in.
Located on the bustling Mariahilfer Strasse, Mariahilferbrau is easily reached from anywhere in Vienna by the U-Bahn and is a lively restaurant that you’ll find busy at any point in the day. The restaurant is huge, with a big inside area that is divided into smoking and non-smoking (if you want to see some rowdy Viennese men in action then sit in the smoking room), as well as a great outdoor area that faces the crowded street and provides for some great people watching.
Mariahilferbrau serves up a big range of authentic Austrian dishes and the must-try’s are the chicken schnitzel and double fried potato’s (served with your choice of 15 or so sauces), the roast pork, bread dumpling, gravy and sauerkraut and the pork ribs and potato crisps! No matter what you chose though, every dish is prepared as a generous portion size and is cheap, cheap, cheap (around 8euro per main) so you really can’t go wrong. These hearty dishes are best washed down with a German or Austrian beer, of which Mariahilferbrau has plenty, and if you’re in the mood to try something local, the beers from Salzberg’s famous Steigl brewery are your best bet.
On top of the delicious food and affordability of the place, Mariahilferbrau also offers top-notch service, friendly Austrian waiters with perfect English, and a warm fun atmosphere located close to a bevy of shops and bars.
Don’t just take our word for it, have a read through Trip Advisor; and you’ll see this place hardly ever puts a foot wrong!