the Dining Room
Maygasse 31, Vienna, 1130
- Recommended for:
- Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Romance, Special occasions
Expert review of the Dining Room
In a small villa in Hietzing, a charming, bubbly blonde has realised her dream. Angelika Apfelthaler, owner and chef, opens the door personally to 12 individuals three times a week at 7pm. In the privacy of her own home, she not only cooks a delightful five-course gourmet dinner, but serves it herself, adding a personal touch that makes the whole evening a very special and intimate affair.
Most of the dishes Angelika creates have a Mediterranean flavour and carry an honest declaration of love for Italian cuisine. Personally selected ingredients include oils from Apulia and cheeses from Salento.
The last time I ate here I enjoyed a tasty chicken and tuna terrine followed by a subtly-flavoured, deliciously-delicate artichoke and pear risotto. The soft lemon fillet of sole stuffed with prawns on a bed of creamy spinach left me speechless. The cheese plate came with Angelika's own, homemade mostarda (a blend of melon, pineapple and ginger). Last, but not least, Chocolate Heaven arrived – her signature dish. Among the selected wines from Gangl's winery in Illmitz, Burgenland, were a Welschriesling, Weissburgunder and Chardonnay; the reds included a fruity Zweigelt and a Blaufränkisch.
Memories of Morocco came back as I sat surveying my surroundings in the cosy Dining Room. Warm sandy colours, mosaic tile tables and wrought iron candlesticks are all reminiscent of holidays in the Maghreb. Gino, Angelika's well-trained and incredibly friendly Golden Retriever, watches all proceedings from his place in the open kitchen.
With a high level of care and dedication this is a one woman show from start to finish. Help was only provided with clearing the tables in between courses.
Located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Vienna's 13th district, a short taxi ride from Schönbrunn Palace, this house was built by and belonged to the famous architect and designer Karl Hagenauer, a former scholar of the great Josef Hoffmann who co-founded the Secession.
The set menu price is 48 euros. The menu including selected wines costs 74 euros.
Reservations are essential, at least two to three weeks in advance.
More information on the Dining Room:
- Price guide:
- French, Fusion, Italian, Mediterranean
- Maygasse 31, Vienna, 1130
- 01 8048586
- Opening times:
- Set menus are served on Mon, Wed and Sat at 7pm.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Always essential