Vienna can be a very expensive city, which is why the spouse and I were happy to learn about delinski.at. I’m sharing this link with you, my readers, as a PSA, because I am too dumb to have obtained any favors in exchange for laying my excellent reputation on the line in support of this company. Delinski is a website that lets you book tables at well-known Viennese restaurants and, for a 5 euro per-booking fee, get 30% off your total bill—including drinks. (The site is in German, but easy to navigate even if your Deutsch is, like mine, erratic.) The restaurants are sorted by district and include some of the best in town, and there are usually reasonable reservation times available. We’ve done this twice now with fabulous results, each time eating both well and affordably in restaurants that under ordinary circumstances might be considered a splurge. Hello, date night!
Concrete example: Saturday night we went to Nasch, which is the restaurant located in the Hilton on the Ringstrasse. The restaurant concept is Viennese tapas, which was why I chose it over some of the better-known options, because I really wanted to know what that would be like. And what it was like was fun! The restaurant itself was fairly small, which I prefer:
The menu, on the other hand, was enormous—this is only one of its several pages (though not all pages had this many offerings). Choosing what to eat was an intense and at times quite funny marital negotiation:
Here are the cold plates that arrived — pepper ham (all the meat and cheese, as far as I noticed, was Austrian) and salmon lachs with little potato rösti and zucchini:
And then came a plethora of hot dishes, including a Bärlauch gnocchi gratin sort of thing, and paprika chicken, and a plate of these meatloafish patties that the Austrians call Butterschnitzel with the express purpose of confusing Americans who only know of the regular kind of schnitzel, and also some lovely ravioli with walnut butter. Oh, and lamb. Here, see for yourself:
Sadly, the lamb wasn’t great, but it was the only thing that wasn’t, which is a solid hit rate. They had good wines by the glass and mixed a tasty cocktail, and both were, again, 30% off. For two people, with aperitifs and wine as well as ordering something like ten dishes, we dined for 75 euros, including Trinkgeld. I give that a nicht schlecht!
One note: we do try to tip on what the original bill would have been so as not to take our discount out on the servers.