Austrians, in general, are not keen on spicy food. But we are! Our search for spicy meals finally led us to the Indian Pavilion restaurant in Vienna’s Naschmarkt. What a find it was! But the cuisine there is not describable simply as spicy. Every time I go there it is a little embarrassing because audible ‘ummmms’ spontaneously vibrate from my voice as I eat. I now fully understand the nuances of the word ‘delectable.’ Every dish Ashok and Sonia create, including the sauces, have layers of complex, exotic flavors that blend and complement each other beautifully. Every bite is as if the excitement, colors and energy of a carnival have combined with the graceful, gentle sophistication and perfect harmony of a symphony—in your mouth! Ummmmm. What an experience! Fabulous!
The restaurant's unassuming facade in traditional Nashmarkt style gives no clue as to the remarkable culinary treasures inside:
The restaurant only holds about eight customers and it is always busy. Insiders know it’s best to arrive around 2:00 and order a late lunch because by 2:30 it’s packed again. In warm weather outdoor tables and chairs provide seating for an additional 30 or so customers. Ashok and Sonia have owned a much larger, equally successful restaurant before but they have designed this restaurant and their schedule to create the ideal life they want. And it works just the way they want it to. If only we all were so capable! Or so brave!