Typically, people don’t connect Vienna to Middle Eastern cuisine. But trust me – the restaurants are here, and a great dining option if you want something non-Wiener Schnitzel and Apple Strudel 🙂 Plus, one of the reasons why I love Vienna is the variety of international food available. Not only do I enjoy trying new foods, but it helps me expand my knowledge on different cultures around the world.
So ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce to you my top 5 of the most savory and delicious Middle Eastern restaurants to try in Vienna. Have fun!
1. Neni am Naschmarkt
If you look through the #vienna hashtag on Instagram you will most likely see a photo of Neni’s food. Their Israeli food is not only colorful, delicious, and Instagrammable, but it’s also popular with the young locals. Neni is run by a Tel Aviv family, and is also located in 7 other cities around Europe. The family provides a cooking school which is located next door – if you want to learn the true art of Israeli food! Open your taste buds and try their homemade mango-curry hummus, and their speciality “Sakuska” – wood oven roasted tomatoes, eggplant, and peppers on homemade sourdough bread.
Naschmarkt 510, 1060 Vienna
2. Habibi and Hawara
This is the first restaurant operated by refugees in Vienna. The chefs are from Austria and the Middle East and they use recipes that come from (and are prepared by!) refugees. Habibi and Hawara’s dishes are a mix between the Middle East and North Africa, with a touch of Austria. Their lunch buffet is a MUST: It offers what the heart wants with a variety of classic oriental dishes along with vegetarian and Austrian options. You won’t regret eating the Egyptian Sesame Falafel or the chef’s chicken Brathendl.
Wipplingerstraße 29, 1010 Wien
3. Der Wiener Deewan
This restaurant is the only “Pay-as-You-Wish” Pakistani restaurant built on trust and fairness between the diners and owners. Deewan’s buffet is open from the afternoon late into the night and changes several times a day. There are 5 different types of curries, 2 meats and 3 vegetarian options, plus savory salads, sauces, and desserts such as their sweet Suji Halwa milk treat. Enjoy and be fair – you determine how much to pay for what is offered, so make it an honest one!
Liechtensteinstrasse 10, 1090 Wien
4. Kent Restaurant
Kent serves some of the best Turkish food in all of Vienna. The restaurant has over a hundred dishes on the menu, serving halal meat, fish and vegetarian specialties. Kent’s brunch is extremely popular – for only €10 you get an unlimited supply of delicious and savory Middle Eastern cuisine with drinks. Definitely make a reservation for brunch, and sit in their garden, if it’s nice out. Oh, and if you want an excellent Kebab – go to Kent. Their fire grilled meat makes all other kebabs in Vienna taste weak.
Brunnengasse 67, 1160 Wien
Zina’s started from a small kitchen in Damascus, Syria, and was brought over to Vienna. Their recipes fuse Syrian with Mediterranean cuisine, and is tailored to suit the likings of their diners. Everything at Zina’s is fresh and homemade. Their beloved lentil soup, red Andalusia tapas, and “Best Chicken Ever” dish are in our top 3. Their Orange Temptation milk pudding melts in your mouth and offers a great ending to fine Syrian cuisine.
Praterstraße 55, 1020 Wien
*This post is in friendly collaboration with travel app Localeur – providing the best local places, according to locals.