The newest hipster haven – Spelunke

Right across the first district opposite of the Sofitel Hotel a new restaurant. The Spelunke (translated – the dive, which doesn’t fit the location at all) serves hungry people in a stylish location with stylish dishes.

The interior resembles everything a design focused person with a hipster touch would appreciate. Light industrial touch – check / weird awesome lamps – check / very dark interior lighting – check / random objects scattered across the establishment – check …. you get my drift.

There will definitely be people who will love it and others who will loathe it. I for one am happy with the interior decoration, just keep in mind that this place is really big, so no cosy dive for 20 people. The eye catcher of that place is the huge ass moving graffiti wall.

But enough with the interior let’s get down to business – the food:

The beef tartar is one of the best in Vienna with the right amount of ingredients harmonizing with the tender meat. I love the truffle mayo that kicks this well-known dish into higher gear.

The fisher fritze (fried sardines in Habanero sauce) is a fun dish but all in all not that memorable, I would rather recommend going with the Tataki (with Aubergine and Avocado) crisp on the outside and tender raw on the inside.

The steak is a rib-eye 350g with a side of mac’n’cheese and is ranking high in the list for best steaks in Vienna.

The octopus was without a doubt the best and most creative dish I had at the Spelunke. I usually don’t like octopus but it was surprisingly tender probably thanks to the chorizo butter – a delectable main dish – finger licking good.

Additionally I heard a lot of good things about their signature dish – Steckerlfisch – literally translated “a fish on a stick”.

All in all I had a great time and can absolutely recommend the Spelunke for date nights or a group of friends getting together. A night for good food and good company.

Ahoi my friends ….or some other sailor lingo ;).


Spelunke – www.spelunke.at – Link

Taborstraße 1, 1020 Vienna