4 under the lens: Middle Eastern breakfasts in Vienna

One of several great things about Vienna is that most cafés and restaurants serve breakfast till late in the day, many even till 3 or 4 p.m. Which is music to a breakfast freak’s ears!

Besides serving a traditional Viennese breakfast – composed of coffee, orange juice, croissant, bread, butter – a few restaurants also serve an “oriental” breakfast. The word “oriental” here stands for “Middle Eastern”.

The main components of an oriental breakfast are hummus (chickpea-based food dip), za’atar  (a spice blend), lebneh (yogurt), and vegetables, typically cucumbers and tomatoes.

The overall rating I give below is based on the quality of the food, as well as on the service and on the breakfast’s price-to-quality ratio .

Ratings: Outstanding / Very good / Mediocre / Bad / Terrible

Madiani

This very popular restaurant is located in Karmelitermarkt, an open-air market in Vienna’s second district.

Its oriental breakfast is composed of feta cheese, olives, hummus, za’atar, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, yogurt, and pita bread. Since the breakfast combination does not come with any drinks (hot or cold), I also ordered a latte macchiato.

The food was very good, but the latte wasn’t hot at all. However, it was probably the unfriendly service that made me like this breakfast less than any of the other three breakfasts reviewed here.

Price: 6,80 € (separate latte macchiato, 3,30 €)

Rating: Mediocre

Website: madiani.com

Café Ansari

Café Ansari opened three months ago on Praterstrasse, an avenue in the second district, and has since then been very popular among locals.

It is owned by Nana Ansari, who also runs Madiani (see above).

Its oriental breakfast, however, is not exactly the same as Madiani‘s. It is composed of hummus, lebneh, goat milk cheese, cucumbers, radishes, cherry tomatoes, pomegranate, olives, and pita bread.

The taste was very good taste, but the price slightly too high for the size of the serving, especially since no drinks are included in the price.

Price: 9,50 € (separate latte macchiato, 3,80 €)

Rating: Very good

Website: http://www.cafeansari.at

Tewa am Naschmarkt

Naschmarkt is the (much) livelier big brother of Karmelitermarkt and is located in Vienna’s 6th district.

It is one of those places I am totally addicted to. I love the colors of its stands.

One very popular restaurant is Tewa, whose name means “nature” in Hebrew.

Its oriental breakfast is composed of fava beans, hummus, za’atar, olives, pita bread, a hot drink, and a mango lassi.

The breakfast tasted good and its price is very convenient.

Price: 6,40 €

Rating: Very good

Website: http://www.tewa672.at

Orient Occident

This is another restaurant located in Naschmarkt serving breakfast. It serves a more Turkish-inspired cuisine.

Its oriental breakfast is composed of hummus, honey butter with walnuts, goat milk cheese, cucumber, tomato, olives, dates, pita bread, a hot drink, and orange juice.

I enjoyed this breakfast the most, because of the two items that I didn’t get at the other restaurants reviewed above, namely honey butter and dates.

The serving is also big enough to make anyone feel full after eating.

And given that a hot drink and orange juice are included in the price, this oriental breakfast has the best price-to-quality ratio.

Price: 7,20 €

Rating: Outstanding

Website: http://www.orientoccident.at

12 responses to “4 under the lens: Middle Eastern breakfasts in Vienna

    • Hi, that’s so nice to read, thank you!

      I’m really flattered 🙂 Especially since you’ve got an amazing blog yourself!

      Looking forward to your next posts.

      Take care,
      Miret

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