Restaurantday February 2016 // Graz
Restaurantday is one of the best finnish inventions, beside cell phones you can't destroy and sauna. Its a day to celebrate food diversity and the pleasure of eating together.
Everyone can open a restaurant for just one day and serve whatever he/she likes. I really wanted to open my own restaurant for the date in february but it didn't work out for several reasons. Instead I used this day to try out the different spots in my hometown Graz.
I started at"la petite Managerie" which is usually a coworking space but on this day they served lovely dumplings, soup and salads and fine bakery. I had the best chocolate cake with nuts for a long while. The whole athmosphere was neat. They had lovely details and sweet decoration everywhere. I also loved that next to us sat an older couple talking french what really created this french bistro feeling.
After coffee and a slice of gorgeous cake we went on to a location I really cherished for their creative and environmental friendly idea. They had opened their spot in the Augartenpark with just a cargo bike. So it was written on their Facebook page. When we came over to the park, it was damn hard to find them. Finally we spotted a group of people but were not sure if this was the "restaurant" or just a group of friends hanging around. It looked a bit shabby, sorry I have to say this, I'm a open and talkative person but were in no mood to talk to those strangers. Maybe next time it will work out because we were actually at the right place.
The next and last spot was the "Café à la Russe" organized by "Omas Teekanne" and hosted by two really lovely ladies and their team. I had some russian dumplings here. Okay to clarify this a bit because "dumpling" is the term for filled noodles as well as the rolled doughballs - more common here in Austria. On this day I was on the noodle side of the dumpling term. Not sure which I liked best but it was great to have the choice and especially the sweet ones with cherries on top where a nice final dish. Next to it I had a whole pot of "Orange-Flower-Tea", a lovely selfmade blend by "Omas Teekanne". Really good and perfect to spend an afternoon with friends and chatting.
I'm the host of a vegan page on Instagram called "VeganInGraz" and therefore had a special focus on vegan food. First things first - it was great to see that there was a vegan dish in all of the pop up restaurants in Graz. The vegan dumplings in "La petite managerie" were delicious and I heard from girls sitting next to me, having the meat and the vegan ones, that they also liked the vegan one better because of the different veggies in it.
The vegan carrot salad at "Café à la Russe" was already sold out when I arrived so I can't tell you anything about this dish but since people ordered it so much it was sold out on the early afternoon - this might be a signal on its own;)