the Dining Room

Price guide: Mid-range

Maygasse 31, Vienna, 1130

Price guide: Mid-range

the Dining Room © Miguel Dieterich

By Diane Naar-Elphee, your Vienna expert

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#3 of 30
expert-rated restaurants in Vienna
Expert overall rating:4.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.9
4.9
Ambience:
4.7
4.7
Service:
4.9
4.9
Location:
4.4
4.4
Value for money:
4.9
4.9
Recommended for:
Couples, Foodies, Honeymooners, Mature travellers, Seasoned travellers, Escaping the crowds, Romance, Special occasions

Expert review of the Dining Room

Be served by the hostess with the mostess who has a passion for food and a passion for life.

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.

Food and drink: 

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.

Ambience: 

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.

Service: 

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.

Location: 

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.

Price advice: 

The set menu price is 48 euros. The menu including selected wines costs 74 euros.

Tables to book: 

Reservations are essential, at least two to three weeks in advance.

More information on the Dining Room:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
French, Fusion, Italian, Mediterranean
Address:
Maygasse 31, Vienna, 1130
Telephone:
01 8048586
Website:
http://www.thediningroom.at
Serves:
Dinner
Opening times:
Set menus are served on Mon, Wed and Sat at 7pm.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

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