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19 reviews for Meinl am Graben Restaurant
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I only know about the shopping part of this store, but as others have mentioned, the prices here are almost insane.. but it is the last real Austrian supermarkt (everything else is german gacki) and the food here really is of the utmost highest quality! You can't beat what you get here, granted some of the things you can get elsewhere for cheaper, a lot of the stuff here is afaik impossible to find anywhere else. If i had the money, i would shop here more often, but i usually just end up just going to naschmarkt ;)
Oh yea and as far as i've been able to tell, it's the only markt in the inner part of 1st district (which may explain the exhorbant prices ;)
You get what you pay for here. Seriously. You pay.
That being said, this is probably the finest grocer in the city and, without question, the most diverse and high quality selection of edible delights in Vienna under one roof.
But, like I said, be prepared to pay.
I went to buy a turkey here and the price was something like 130 Euros! Needless to say, I walked out without a turkey. The same sized turkey ended up costing something like 50 Euros from the butcher in Naschmarkt and, had I had a bigger refrigerator, I could have had a much fresher and larger turkey from the islamic butcher in Naschmarkt for about €65.
don´t forget the excellent sushi-bar on top, and the wines in the basement
The last supermarket own by an Austrian Company. All other ones are part of an German Concern. It is also the only market where you get high quality delicatessen from all over the world. And so the price is very high.
simply the best delicatessen store in vienna.
I like that place because they have chips flavors you don't usually find anywhere else. They also have a ton of cheese, if you are into that kind of thing.
But expect to pay through the nose.
Btw chips are not good for you, mmkay.
Meinl am Graben is also _the_ supermarket in Vienna where you can get anything your heart desires - IF you are willing to pay for it (don't buy anything you could buy in a normal supermarket). From exotic spices to vegetables, meat, cheeses, bread, pastries and booze, you can get it all here, and only the Naschmarkt comes close in offering as many different quality items. Shopping here before Christmas is a wonderful experience, just make sure you ate beforehand.
Well, Meinl am Graben is _the_ restaurant in Vienna and as far as I recall the only one having been awarded three bonnets respectively 18/20 points by Gault-Millau.
For restaurants scoring more bonnets, you have to go outside of Vienna (e.g. to Liesl Wagner Bachner in Mautern/Wachau).
As regards Meinl am Graben, you can be sure to get the most decent food at the highest prices of/in Vienna.
Needless to say, the staff is very friendly (and helpful with the wine menu), but this really is not surprising given the fact that you easily can dash out EUR 100,00 per person, the lowest limit being approx EUR 25,00 (but then you virtually do not get anything from Meinl's pristine cuisine).
Be warned: The prices are not for the faint hearted. Paying a visit to your bank with lots of guns before spending it all at Meinl's may help.
If you plan to sample the most prestigious restaurant in Vienna, be sure to reserve way ahead, lets say 2 to 3 weeks.
If you are not into luxury meals, you equally may upgrade your home supplies by indulging into Meinl's marvelous delicacy shop at the same address featuring not only stuff from all over the world, such as
(i) Vegemite (finally!),
(ii) mineral water from South Africa, Japan, and where ever you can imagine or
(iii) the finest caviar and champagne, but also
(iv) every day stuff you are used to find in any supermarket (however, expect to pay at least a "surcharge" of EUR 0,50 for all items as compared to local supermarket prices!).
The delicacy stores expands over two floors; the entrance to the restaurant is located at the second floor right behind the candy-bar.
In the fish-section on the second floor of the shop (not in the restaurant), you may equally taste very fine sushi, coming, however, at a higher price (approx plus EUR 3,00) as compared to other sushi places delivering the same - or even better - quality, such as "En".
Meinl is an experience in any case, even if you just skim through the shop and don't buy anything. If you are in Vienna and have not/never paid a visit to Meinl, be it restaurant or shop, you definitely should go there at all costs once.
Tip of the day (and I will hate myself for giving it away): Buy some eccentric mineral water from whereever you like (ranging, no joke, from EUR 3,00 to EUR 9,00) and keep the bottles once emptied; you can easily refill them with good old Austrian water and impress your girl-friend(s) and/or your future mother-in-law with almost no effort. My favourite bottles are VOSS (Norwegian), Karoo (South Africa) and Finé (Japan).
Furthermore, they add some international connaisseur flair to your refridgerator.