Hipster Chinese Food.
Oh my god, I am very well aware of the fact that this blog is slowly turning into a Restaurant-Blog 🙂 Don’t worry, we’ll share some of our traveling stories later, but right now I have to tell you about this cool restaurant I was at yesterday.
It is located close to Naschmarkt, which is one of the most favorite sights of all tourists that come to Vienna (basically it’s a food market), Haus des Meeres (the aquarium) and Mariahilfer Straße, therefore ideal if you’d like to end your day out shopping with some comfort food. The “Mama Liu & Sons” is technically not really really new – it’s just new for me 🙂 There was a restaurant before on this corner and it was also owned by Liu Mine and her sons Liu Yong and Liu Feng. It was serving Hot Pot and the interior was rather… um… orange.
Then they decided to team up with the american/chinese/austrian architects Tzou/Lubroth. The concept got way stylisher: The interior is now a contemporary mixture of black, steel and wood. You’ve got these huge tables for larger groups of friends, there’s a brick wall with an old chinese mural and an open bar. The menu is hipster-style-like basically a clipboard with sheets of paper, the squares with drinks and food – you know how these things look like. What I personally thought was a cool idea was the way they’re serving tap water: In former Liquor Bottles, like in these green Tanqueray bottles. Lovely!
Now to the most important thing: The food. We did it the traditional chinese way and ordered lots of different small plates. As we were a party of seven I got try lots of them. There was bamboo salad, chicken breast, meatballs, dumplings (all hand-made), coconut balls, cucumber salad, rice noodles – a huge selection of dishes. All of them were served in almost no time, all of them were nicely presented and just amazing. I personally was surprised how good bamboo salad can taste. I thought of ordering another portion of it – I felt like a little panda when munching it away.
The service was atentative too, friendly and efficient. Oh, and they happily explained the different dishes for us. As it’s usually quite busy you should definitely book your table in advance, just to make sure you’ll get to eat at Mama Lius & Sons. You won’t regret it! Keep in mind though that it can be noisy in there so maybe if you have important things to discuss you should chose another location for that 😉
Mama Liu & Sons
Gumpendorfer Straße 29
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 11:30 am to 10:30 pm.
The images are from Mama Liu & Son’s facebookpage. I was eating, sorry. No time to take pics 🙂