Our tour starts at kaes.at in Vienna’s bobo heaven, the Yppenplatz in the 16th district, where Stephan Gruber sells cheeses from the Austrian Bregenzerwald region and Switzerland, and the probably best grilled cheese sandwich you ever had. A slice of melted Raclette cheese on homemade bread, topped with herbs: This is not about culinary art, this is simply about the best quality ingredients out there. Unsurprisingly, Stephan is also the patron of the city’s slow food movement, promoting regional, clean and fair food. Most people think of burgers, burritos and hot dogs when they hear street food. But let’s not forget our amazing traditional dishes. Because seriously, people on London’s Broadway Market would lick their fingers after tasting Stephan’s Raclettebrot.
It’s only a short walk to the Xaver Brauerei in Hasnerstraße, where Schwein und Wein (“Swine and Wine”), have found – or rather had to find – a new home after firemen had to come and extinguish the smoker in their former location on Yppenplatz. Following the traditions of old Viennese cookshops, they braise pig heads, snouts and tails and serve them on a bread roll with homemade pickles and parsley. If you take a closer look at the picture above, you can see a little piece of snout. We like the new location because here you can wash down your pig with a pale ale from Xaver’s brewery. Yes, it’s only 11 a.m., but the sun is out and you’re only young once. This day is off to a good start.
A little digestive break and off we go to Kutschkermarkt in the 18th district. This is where you can find the Gourmet Nomaden food truck on Saturdays, offering freshly made stews, curries and casseroles from all over the world. We had a wonderful Indian tomato kurma with garam masala (hot and amazing!) and a Thai kaeng massaman curry. Interesting fact: Gourmet Nomaden, their colleagues from Wrap Stars and the burger experts from Hy-Kitchen were the first to cut through the red tape involved in getting a permission from Viennese authorities to sell food from food trucks. We appreciate that – and their cooking skills!