Feast on a modern spin of Greek and Mediterranean food on one of the most idyllic squares in Vienna’s city centre.
Location in this fine city of ours can often either make or break a restaurant – for the modern Meditteranean restaurant, Ella’s, set on the gloriously storybook setting of Judenplatz, the location definitely makes it.
A hushed and tender mood always overcomes us when we slip into the square, Judenplatz. This can be partly credited to the historical weight it carries, represented by the imposing Jewish memorial set at its center – a tomb looking thing with stone book-filled library shelves lining its outside. Also, it’s framed by the gorgeous old town buildings of Vienna people travel the world to come see. Plus, there’s a silence that automatically consumes the space, as if people are respecting the library that the memorial symbolises on its outside, or why it is there..
Set across from the memorial in amongst the calm and chiming church bells is Ella’s, a modern Mediterranean restaurant framed by fig and olive trees.
Much of their menu is inspired by the Greek kitchen, but they shy away from this description as nothing about their dishes is traditional.
Seafood is scattered accross the menu, with starters including grilled octopus and calamari, or you can go for a lighter option to warm your hunger up, like the olives and olive oil, or the Greek Aubergine spread with bread. There’s a Ceviche also in there made out of sea bass, which is definitely worth trying.
Moving onto mains, and you have the likes of grilled calamari unexpectedly stuffed with feta and capsicum on a bed of risotto and spinach, which makes for a wholesome dish.
And, of course, with its Greek origins, there’s a succulent set of lamb chops on the menu, served on a tower of sweet potato mash and vegetables.
We’d say if you’re looking for the house specialty, you should turn to the seafood side of the menu. While they exhibit first district prices, the standard fits the bill. And the staff couldn’t be nicer, too.
The wine list won us over with some stellar Greek wines out of Santorini (we were advised by our waitress that the best of Greek wines hail from this island).
And with the charming setting of Judenplatz, we couldn’t help but stay and enjoy a few glasses.