Hidden away in the increasingly exciting 12th district of Vienna somewhere between the Reschgasse and the U6 station Niederhofstraße lies the Meidlinger Markt, which, despite its unassuming visage, houses an array of fantastic little eateries. Milchbart is one of them. It’s exciting, young and fresh, and, as it’s plonked in one of those strange-looking little market huts, you’d never guess that lurking inside are some of the freshest and most innovative dishes that Vienna has to offer at the price.
Milchbart was founded in 2012 by the then 28-year-old Christian Chvostas and has been bustling and thriving since it opened. The young chef has an intuitive style of cooking. The sense of adaptability and spontaneity is heightened by the fact that there is no menu. What appears on the table changes daily according to the wishes of the growing Facebook community (2,300+ at the time of writing); options are put forward and voted for. If you’re fussy about what you like, it’s advisable to check the Facebook page before setting out. I personally love just popping in and even though I don’t know what’s on offer I’m always sure that it’ll be amazing anyway.
It’s an edgy little place which feels very much at home in this traditional working class quarter of the city, a rough gem which by no means overpowers its surroundings. It’s very easily accessible with public transport, being close to the Meidlinger Platzl and the 10A terminus and U6 station Niederhofstraße. Check it out!