Gerstner Konditorei

My son is in love with macarons. Whenever we're out he would request for some. He loves the lemon-flavored ones in particular but he'll eat strawberry or chocolate just the same.

Saturday before Kuya O went back to Japan he met with us and took us to a Konditorei (pastry shop) in the middle of the city, Gerstner. IT was where I first got acquainted with macarons years ago. Shortly after I arrived in the city hubby tour me around and we end up at Gerstner and got my first macaron :D it was love at first bite...then, I only got my daughter in tow. :)  I seldom got the chance to get back and my attempt to make macarons where perhaps 1 out of 10! :(

Gerstner is popular to locals and tourists alike. After shopping, one can get a good cup of coffee, a cupcake or a slice of cake and of course, macarons. At first bite of their macaron, you'll know your having the best...theirs is of course a legend in Vienna...the creation of sweetness dates back as far as 1847 when Anton Gerstner founded his confectionery. 

He became the official caterer (of sweets) to many of the Hapsburgs and other known figure in history, delivering his "creations" so to speak  to the the Imperial Palace, The Belvedere and the Schönbrunn Palace among others. Most notable would be their 53rd time in 2009 as caterer for the Viennese State Opera's yearly Opernball (Opera Ball). A real darling of the elite.

Thank God that even though I'm not one of the elites I was able to taste their macarons and Apfelstrudel. The place could be a bit crowded on Saturdays but you'll enjoy it just the same.

If you happen to come by the city, let me know and I'll treat you to a cup of cappucino. ;)

Happy Anniversary fellow foodies!

Gerstner Catering Betriebs GmbH

Kärntner Straße 13 – 15, 1010 Vienna
Tel.: +43 1 743 44 22
Fax: +43 1 743 44 22-7818
Email: gerstner(at)

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May Lee (Part 2)

Tamagoyaki, sake and ebi sushi, sake and kappamaki

Finally found these photos. I had a previous review of the place and partly of the food in May Lee, an Asian restaurant serving Japanese and Chinese dishes. It's too obvious how I love Japanese food, I often feature them here whenever I can...and because I often take the kids to buffets. There's a good reason why I love dining with the kids in eat-all-you-can joints.
Buffet: Seafood and veggies for grilling, fruits and desserts
May Lee offers a regular buffet and a grill station...I was surprised that the grilling doesn't cost an extra Euro or two, I've been to others where you pay for extra for that. There's a wide selection of fish; salmon, cream dory, butterfish; there's also shrimp, squid, mussels (which I always crave for) and other meat as chicken fillets, beef slices and mostly vegetables of different sorts. You also get to pick from different sauces although teriyaki, curry and satay were the only ones I remember. :D

Their regular menu includes noodles, fried rice, regular rice, chopsuey (as I like to call all of them veggies mixed together), spring rolls, lobster chips, beef brocolli, fish in tausi and so on. Desserts include fruit salads, orange slices, something that resembles our buchi and our maja blanca.

Little boy and his plate, an aquarim, mix of grilled shrimps, veggies, mussels, fish, neat table setup
Though situated not far from the city center, May Lee gets full only after office hours. We've been there twice and we were at both times early birdies. Guests came only after we were served our orders or when we have started eating.

For 9Euro (12$) it was worth pigging here with the kids (Kuya O and Tita S were with us as well). There was also a Filipina who welcomed us here. She was very friendly that we enjoyed our dining experience all the more.

Boys goofing around, detailed ceiling and wall design :) 

May Lee Asia
Wiedner Hauptstraße 37 | 1040 Wien
4. Bezirk - Wieden
Küche: Asiatisch, Japanisch
Lokaltyp: Restaurant
Tel: 01 505 14 82

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