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“Wine tasting in “Turm“”
Review of dasTURM - CLOSED

dasTURM
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$45
Cuisines: Austrian, Contemporary, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Description: The Restaurant ,,dasTURM" offer fresh, delicious ingredients combined with culinary high quality and also a spectacular view of the City of Vienna. On the 22nd floor of the Immofinanz-Tower the restaurant presented a business lunch at weekly intervals during the day and at night enjoy a wonderful romantic candle-light dinner. Business Lunch from Mon-Fri, Viennese and Modern Cuisine, Non-Smoking and Smoking Area, suitable for groups between 25 and 60 persons, Wine tasting, Cigards-Lounge, In Summertime Terrace open, From 5:30 pm 4h free parking P2.
Reviewed 26 August 2014

It´s really a unique feeling to enjoy good organized wine tasting in this beautiful place on the top of the business tower with best Vienna perspective (from the clouds).
I liked it that much that I visited this event 3 times in a row. Nice people& good background music, good service & tasty food are the best add up to the presentation of selected wine from the winemaker personally.
I was really nice surprise that also out of 1st district you find such an exclusive place….

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Thank Marija23
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Reviewed 17 June 2014 via mobile

Very beautiful view. Interesting representing. Delicious food. Professinal service. Only good memories.
And the best thing that we spend extremely nice time. It was unforgetable. Thank you.

Thank TairaBD
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Reviewed 24 March 2014

The short version: don’t come here. Go almost anywhere else in Vienna – even the lowliest Beisl – and you will get much better value for money and more lovingly prepared food.

The longer version: we arrived and were shouted at from the door to take our coats off by the two men standing in the entrance. We were seated at a good table near a window – the view is of the motorways of Vienna rather than the centre, as you would expect from the location. The food was shocking, the wine pairing good. Despite ordering aperitifs and lingering over the small portions on a 5-course menu, we were in and out within 55 minutes (we started timing and there were never more than 3-5 mins before plates being whisked away and the next course arriving). We were on a special offer as part of Vienna restaurant week and the bill came to EUR 115 (one wine pairing, one beer, one campari orange, tap water), but on a normal evening expect to pay at least double. Even with the good wine pairing, I would struggle to recommend this to anyone at even EUR 30 all included. It’s simply shocking value when you can have a 4-course lunch with many extras at Steirereck (currently ranked 9th in the world and with 2 Michelin stars) for the price of Das Turm’s evening menu and can eat very well at a multitude of places in Vienna for about EUR 20 a head.

The very long version (with a non-official translation of the Gault Millau review which perplexingly awarded this place two toques).

Starting with the food, it is simply breathtaking that Das Turm holds a single accolade or that anyone can mention it in the same breath as “molecular gastronomy”, except in the worst possible interpretation where it may be synonymous with miniscule portions and random surprises.
The pre-starter served in a used sardine tin on a piece of cheap lurid green felt (without the lid – everything smacks of maximum “effect” for minimum spend) involved some inoffensive couscous with what the waitress referred to as pepper popcorn (popped white pepper) and three tiny pieces of dry, chewy, gritty scallop. I never knew scallop could be so bad, but it was a sign of things to come in a kitchen where things are clearly prepared hours, if not days or weeks, in advance and with no respect for the ingredients.

The signature beef tartar was a good lesson to anyone thinking about putting raw meat in a blender with some tomato puree – we actually had almost the same dish at Holy Moly last year from the Head Chef this guy trained under. It still wasn’t my favourite, but there it had great flavour and discernible texture rather than just being a pappy, cloying mush. The ‘violet mustard’ served with it was the cheapest supermarket mustard you get in Austria with purple food colouring (probably beetroot) and the ‘nut butter’, apart from adding nothing to the dish, tasted like poor quality melted butter with some cheap, unskinned, ground nuts added.

An interim course was the only thing to justify the whole ‘molecular’ tag, where we chewed a Szechuan pepper bud, also known as the electric daisy, before tasting two sorbets, one apricot, one apple and horseradish. The buds make everything taste like popping candy and the sensation was enough to disguise the extremely uninspiring sorbets.

The beef main course was chewy (maybe cooked too long sous vide) and then, inexplicably with a horrible grey border from being finished in a not-hot-enough pan. The sweet potato puree was almost inedible; no need to comment on the ubiquitous tasteless foam covering the lot.

I enjoyed the last course of coconut ice-cream with cubes of pineapple flavoured with red curry, although I could have done without the sprinkling of non-toasted desiccated coconut. Another positive was some good bread (bought in, not made here), with the red cabbage bread a particular highlight.

For those not familiar with the system, 2+ Gault Millau toques are usually equivalent to the sort of place that has its first Michelin star or is likely to get it soon. In Vienna it is generally a sign of quality. Clear quality, not a matter of taste – I have eaten at more than half of the 2+ toque places in Vienna in the past few years and I have never written a negative review, as I generally don’t write on the basis of one bad meal, but this restaurant is shocking. After reading so many good reviews (curiously many are the single review from the author), we were astonished by the standards. Then I checked the official review; my translation is below (I have earnt my crust for many years in professional translation, but the original review was very slangy and some phrases are open to subjective interpretation).

Gault Millau review (translation)
Even the lumbering monstrosity of Vienna General Hospital looks fragile from the 22nd floor of the Immofinanz Tower on the southern outskirts of Vienna. Here molecular-trained Head Chef Preschan attempts to draw the attention of his large audience away from the grand views and onto the food – with varying degrees of success. A small metal skewer stuck in a root had something which may once have been a cube of celeriac, this penetrating morsel tasted like what the Viennese call a Tschick (English: fag end/cigarette butt). Also not a hit were the sweet contents of a weird tin can and its homeopathic snail caviar garnish. In contrast, the delicious foie gras served several different ways had a touch of genius, as did the silky spined loach and the steak, which was perfectly grilled to order. The wine list may be modest, but the proffered wines by the glass were just right: a Traminer Spätlese with the foie gras, an elegant Wachauer Riesling with the fish, a full-bodied Cuvée for the meat and a dry Zweigelt-Beerenauslese with the mascarpone tart. The zealous service might be classified as a matter of taste.

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10  Thank turtlethoughts
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Markus S, Manager at dasTURM, responded to this reviewResponded 2 April 2014

Dear turtlethoughts.

We are very sad by your review on this platform.

Thank you for the phone call and the important feedback, which we will implement immediately. Thanks that we were able to clarify the misunderstanding on the phone.
First of all sorry for the receipt of the wardrobe already in front of the restaurant. This we have changed immediately. Also sorry for clearing the dishes too quickly. Once again we would like to apologize for our wrong doing, even if we can not make it better now.
Thank you for your time.

Best regards
Markus Schauer & dasTURM-Team

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Reviewed 10 March 2014

Me and group of clients went for dinner on Sunday night and can only report on how pleased we all were on our first experience. Officially the restaurant is closed on Sundays but they opened for us! The food was to a good standard , with good quality wines, not cheap but that is out weighed by the over all atmosphere and fantastic sights that you see of Vienna along the way . In my opinion there is no better way of enjoying the sights of Vienna whilst enjoying dinner, and the good company. All in all i would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone thinking of going.We are definitely going to be booking up for another evening out.

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Thank Denis H
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Markus S, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at dasTURM, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2014

Dear Mr Denis H.

We are delighted that you had a wonderful evening with your colleagues in our restaurant over the roofs of Vienna. Please recommend us to be happy and to see you again soon.

With hospitable greetings from Vienna to Berlin,
Nicole Guelle & dasTURM-Team

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Reviewed 6 March 2014

I had a great evening at Das Turm with 3 business colleagues on a Tuesday evening
The restaurant was not full but enough tables was occupied to make a pleasant atmosphere.
Both the food and the view is competing for the main act of the venue as the restaurant is place on the 22nd floor of an office building with a spectacular view of Vienna
The food was equally good with from the moderne french/business dinner kitchen with fancy plate decorations but the never became too much as they were all made with a smile ...
I had a fantastic and well spiced steak tartar for starter and an equally well prepared Cod Fish for main course - Me and the other guest also having the Cod sensed a clear smell of fish when the dish was served (which is normally not good) but there was no remark to be made on the food - As a side they served a Foam from Tonic (more amusing than well testing)
The dessert was a "Snickers dessert" and the serving was very well arranged but in may opinion a little boring - Service was OK but we did a few hick-upps with misunderstandings and forgotten drinks but nothing that could spoil the evening

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Thank PeterRavnRasmussen
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Markus S, Leiter Öffentlichkeitsarbeit at dasTURM, responded to this reviewResponded 12 March 2014

Dear Mr. PeterRavn.

Firstly I want to thank for taking the time for this detailed assessment.
We will take the small points of criticism and apologize very much for resulting misunderstandings.

With sunny greetings from Vienna,
Nicole Guelle & dasTURM-Team.

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