Okay, bear with me on this one as it’s been a long time since I’ve done a restaurant review.
Although… this isn’t going to be much of a review, rather an OH MY GOD I LOVED THIS PLACE AND YOU HAVE TO GO.
Anyway, while me and Ashton were staying in Vienna I worked with the local tourism board. They gave me lots of booklets and leaflets to look through and on the first night we thought it would be a good idea to look through them all and make a plan of where we wanted to definitely visit.
As a bit of a foodie I spent most of the time looking through the booklet filled with cafes, coffee houses, bars and restaurants and while a lot of it looked quite samey, there was one place that really stood out to me – the Rollercoaster Restaurant.
The Rollercoaster Restaurant, Vienna
There are a couple of these dotted around Europe and basically the concept is that you order your food and drinks on an iPad, then they’re delivered to you on a rollercoaster. Yep, an actual rollercoaster.
The drinks are mixed by robots, there are random light shows every hour or so and I think if you’re lucky you may even get the chance to see a dancing robot.
Originally we had planned to go out for the day, go home and get changed, then head back out to the restaurant. That was, until we noticed it whilst we were walking around Prater – a mini amusement park in the city.
Knowing we were so close to the restaurant we ended up killing some time in Madame Tussaud’s (absolutely hilarious, the photos we took are too funny) and then made away over at an acceptable time for tea/dinner/what ever you call it.
As you walk in there were a million stairs (the accessible entrance is through Madame Tussaud’s) that take you to a room above the chocolate museum downstairs. As soon as we saw the restaurant itself we knew we were going to love it as the rollercoaster was lit up in neon colours and the music was loud.
We gave our ID as a deposit for an iPad and were shown to our seats.
As we walked towards a big round table my heart started to drop as the thought of eating whilst being so close to other people I don’t know seemed daunting, but when it came to it I actually didn’t notice as I was too busy having fun. Plus, we were the first ones at our table so for a while we had it to ourselves.
After looking at everything on the menu approximately five times (please tell me I’m not the only one that does this) I ordered myself a beer, burger and some fries. Oh, and something called frites sauce which I still have no idea what it was, but it was gooooooood.
For the robots to know where to send our drinks and food we had to hold our iPads over the circle at the front of our table. Within minutes our beers were coming sliding down the rollercoaster, arriving with a bit of a jolt.
Luckily, they were in a protective cosy, otherwise I can imagine things going incredibly wrong when lots of things arrive at once, knocking into each other.
It wasn’t until much later that we realised the big screens that were dotted around the room were showing the robot mixing drinks, with the table and seat numbers showing in the corner – definitely cool to see if you had ordered one of the cocktails in a jar!
Before our food arrived we go to enjoy one of the light shows, which albeit a little cheesey, was super super fun at the same time (especially as it was to Bruno Mars Uptown Funk).
Not long after the light show our food arrived in saucepan-like tins. I was kind of expecting it to come on a plate but it didn’t take me long to realise how stupid that actually was and that this was a much safer way of doing it. Unless of course, I wanted to be covered in food within minutes of walking through the door…
As far as burgers go, it was pretty good. I wasn’t expecting fireworks as, well, there were rollercoasters and that’s kind of the main appeal of the restaurant… and considering it was only £17 for the burger, a massive portion of fries and my beer I’d say that it was a pretty standard price too – especially for where we were.
So yeah, that’s my experience of the Rollercoaster Restaurant in Vienna. I 100% fell for the gimmick and I would 110% fall again and again and again and again….