Welcome to our new foodie format – We Came, We Ate, We Drank! – in which we introduce the new and old food and drink spots in Vienna with a fiercely honest and independent flavour.
This is not a review – nope, we don’t do those anymore. And, nobody is paying us to visit these places. We thought we’d clear that up right away.
We want you to know that we’re giving you 100% independent sneak peeks at these places.
So full disclosure, here’s our method in this new series: we turn up at the place, we observe, we eat, we drink and we tell you about what we see, eat and taste. That’s it. We promise to always give it to you straight.
Our premiere place for the new content series is Pumpui, a little electric blue Thai eatery in Vienna’s 3rd district.
Check out the video below, or scan your eyes over the no-bullshit text below (about 1.5 minutes reading time required):
What’s the menu made of:
Curries, curries and more curries with the celebrity dish of the Thai kitchen, Pad Thai at the top of the menu.
Spicy soups scatter the menu, including a curry noodle soup originating in Northern Thailand (the recipe, not the actual soups being served, of course 😉 Northern Thailand influences a few dishes on the menu, by the way.
Oh, and stamped with the house specialty are some small bites in the Vorspeisen, including some deep-fried shrimp and chicken patties with a side of satay sauce, a flavour bomb Yam Hed glass noodle salad, and a platter for two that puts on the works with papaya salad, spiced and seasoned chicken wings and pork belly, along with a handsome looking boiled egg.
Drinks are of the hipster colas and lemonades variety, while a few Thais beers chill in the fridge and the milky and sweet Thai iced tea is a novel option to accompany a spicy meal.
What did we manage to do while waiting for our food: talk for about 10 minutes about how we remember eating with the same kind of cutlery in Thailand, have a pointless debate about Indian kitchen Vs Thai kitchen, and scroll for around a minute through our Instagram feed
Recommended if you like: spicy food that makes you breath out as if you’re breathing fire and go, ‘OOOOOh, that’s spicy,’ holidaying in Thailand and spending most of the time eating eats from the streets in Bangkok,
going for a meal in places that are more eatery than restaurant, the Asian kitchen, exploring distant culinary horizons, drinking beer from a bottle, feeling like traveling when eating out, feeling satisfied, but not too full when you leave
How would we describe the place it to our Oma: the kitchen has got a tin facade like your chicken coop out back, but we think that’s to give it the Thailand street food feel. Oh, and you’d love the electric blue colour of the place, Oma. And there are cute little Thai boxing shorts on the wall that we’re sure we could fit into if we hadn’t eaten the Mango sticky rice for dessert.
The person sitting next to us was wearing: the girl was wearing high waist dark blue jeans, and a skin-tight striped shirt, sneakers with super chunky soles.
Perfect for… very casual dinner with a few friends. Don’t go bringing a football team sized crowd as tables, and overall space, is small OR on a first time date to try and impress them with your cosmopolitan worldliness and bring up that one time you went to Thailand story (always good to pack these stories for a first date to avoid awkward silences, right?)
Good to know… yes, there is mango sticky rice and yes, it’s worth leaving space for