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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Adventurous Austria

New hot spot in Vienna’s city centre Welcome aboard! The Motto am Fluss restaurant and café in the ‘Vienna city’ boat station is the place to be. Whether one wants a quick cup of coffee before work, a business lunch in impressive ambience, a tasty dinner or an extraordinary cocktail, the Motto am Fluss caters for all wishes. TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF I PHOTOS: MARIANNE GREBER

Since its opening five years ago, the Motto am Fluss is a true trendsetter. Located in the modern building of a boat station, the stylish venue impresses with classy window fronts, an exclusive ambience and iconic Donau canal views. The first floor is home to Motto am Fluss’s restaurant which is furnished and decorated in the Venetian style of the '50s. The lunch menu is different every day and tasty national and international dishes on the a la carte menu are on offer for lunch or dinner. An extensive wine menu rounds off the program. Not a usual restaurant, it also hosts a lounge in a separate room which serves exquisite cocktails and is perfect for partying with changing

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DJs. “The restaurant, as well as the extra room can also be booked for private celebrations, parties or press conferences,” Philippe Schrader, managing director, notes. The dishes stand out with their regional and organic ingredients. “We believe that we owe this to mother Earth,” Schrader says. From homemade lemonade to culinary highlights, such as saffron risotto, the extensive and special menu is sure to impress. “I’d describe our food as Austrian with international influences. One of our signature dishes is the braised veal shoulder,” Schrader smiles.The Motto am Fluss’s

second floor is home to the café which follows a different design concept than the restaurant: a big terrace and a light ambience with white wood details create for a young, stylish, casual and urban ambience. Breakfast is available from eight to four in the afternoon and the big bread oven is a real highlight. One can grab a small snack, a soup or selected patisserie while enjoying the beautiful view of the Donau. “We tried to implement two separate concepts and thus have created a combination of urban and warm, of trendy and international and familial,”Schrader says. The little oasis in the middle of the city centre stands out with its special ambience and the staff’s friendliness which seeks to fulfil every guest’s wish. www.motto.at/mottoamfluss