Konstantin Filippou, Vienna, 10/22/14

Entrance
Entrance

Our first night in Vienna and with a bit of jet lag we took on this nice little chef owned place. They offer 2 tasting menus of 4 or 6 courses with wine pairings and we opted to each have one of the 6 course tastings with pairings. Thus the photos look like a lot more food and wine than we consumed individually. Overall tasty food and nice service but not either in an outstanding category.

Interior
Interior
Second dining room and stairs to bathroom
Second dining room and stairs to bathroom

I would also not recommend the wine pairings – too many strange combos and when I could not drink one of them there was no offer to replace it. The homemade bread was an exception there because by itself or spread with the roasted onion butter it was divine.

In an effort to up their game they begin each diner with 4 amuse bouche of interesting textures and tastes. I particularly enjoyed the saffron cod which called for that divine bread to wipe the last of it from my bowl. During the rest of the meal another real standout turned out to be the pigeon hearts, livers and other organs in a rich sauce so reduced it was sticky. The taste was amazing and one I wished I’d had more room for at that point in the meal. Another impression we left with is the chef’s obsession with elongated/tubular presentations. It seemed that the a majority of the courses resembled an enchilada. Overall though the food was colorful and attractive, just too similar in design layout.

us with Chef Konstantin Filippou
us with Chef Konstantin Filippou

We were greeted by the chef as we were leaving and he was so friendly and thrilled to have you there it made up for any shortcomings in service during the evening.

table set up
table set up
toasted onion butter
toasted onion butter

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Champagne to start
Champagne to start
menu
menu
Codfish and saffron cream
Codfish and saffron cream
artichoke with sour cream and caviar
artichoke with sour cream and caviar
“tacos” with trout roe
“tacos” with trout roe
Grilled grape leaves filled with Greek rice, raisins and pistachios
Grilled grape leaves filled with Greek rice, raisins and pistachios
wine
wine
wine
wine
Duck liver parfait, Isabella grape, quail and parsnip
Duck liver parfait, Isabella grape, quail and parsnip
Veal, langostino, quail’s egg, lily, mustard seed
Veal, langostino, quail’s egg, lily, mustard seed
wine
wine
wine
wine
dining room
dining room
Bonito, Topinambour (Jerusalem artichoke), smoked fish, cornichons
Bonito, Topinambour (Jerusalem artichoke), smoked fish, cornichons
Mackerel, apple, beetroot, caviar
Mackerel, apple, beetroot, caviar
wine
wine
wine
wine
Escargot, horseradish, lovage, black salsify, beef marrow
Escargot, horseradish, lovage, black salsify, beef marrow
Skate, mushroom, algae, radish, passe pierre
Skate, mushroom, algae, radish, passe pierre
wine
wine
wine
wine
Sweetbread, lobster, carrot, ginger, peach
Sweetbread, lobster, carrot, ginger, peach
Pork belly, oysyer, kimchi, leaves of capers
Pork belly, oysyer, kimchi, leaves of capers
Cheese cart had some enormous hunks of cheese
Cheese cart had some enormous hunks of cheese

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wine
wine
wine
wine
black glass for mystery wine
black glass for mystery wine
Saddle of lamb, tongue, plum, corn, grated cheese
Saddle of lamb, tongue, plum, corn, grated cheese
Various Pigeon organ meats in highly reduced sauce
Various Pigeon organ meats in highly reduced sauce
Pigeon, olive, pumpkin, black currant
Pigeon, olive, pumpkin, black currant
wine
wine
wine
wine

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Chestnut, cranberries, liquorice ice cream
Chestnut, cranberries, liquorice ice cream
Wheat grass praline, dark chocolate , poppy seed biscuit marscapone, malt with caramel
Wheat grass praline, dark chocolate , poppy seed biscuit marscapone, malt with caramel
Frankie checked out the water
Frankie checked out the water

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