When I first came across the concept of private supper clubs in CN Traveler’s Vienna Expert Guide, I was captivated by one particular photograph of a restaurant space, called Mezzanin7. It literally took my breath away. I immediately saved the article, self-vowing to visit the place when I got the chance to go to Vienna, one day.
The day arrived this past summer, and I was fortunate enough to visit the city that has been on my bucket list the longest (architecture nerd here). The image of Mezzanin7 immediately sprung to mind. Before even booking a hotel, I contacted them for a reservation, but alas their limited private events did not align with our schedule. Then I received an email from Martin Radl, co-founder of Mezzanin7, asking if I wanted to come in to see the space in between functions. I jumped at the opportunity.
The space did not disappoint. It was a designer’s dream, a fantasy space of whimsy-meets-vintage, modern mixed with heritage details, and colour perfectly paired with contemporary black and white. The nostalgia factor here is strong, with foraged flea market finds throughout, vintage photographs (as well as candid portraits taken by Martin himself on the streets on Vienna, who then invites the randomly-selected subjects to join a private event at Mezzanin7 themselves), as well as ancient Austrian recipes that chef Wolfgang Hafner-Scheuer prepares with a signature twist. The special events also feature surprise guest performers to heighten the sensory experience. Mezzanin7 is an all-encompassing dining experience, where no detail is left out our not left unthought of.
The day of our visit, the designer Thomas Gubier was busy setting up for a private children’s graduation party event, in which the theme of the evening was that of a circus. Multi-coloured flag banners draped in front of the original and restored crown moulding, and fun party elements were added throughout. Martin also promised that the menu that evening would also reflect the theme, as all the events do. Although we were unfortunately not able to partake in one of the day’s festivities (Mezzanin7 does dinners, high tea afternoons, and brunches), I can only imagine what a one-of-a-kind experience it would be.
I can only hope that one day, my home will look exactly like this one. No visit to Vienna would be complete without experiencing the magic that is Mezzanin7. Find out what upcoming events they have here. It is sure not to disappoint, and will be an unforgettable experience of a lifetime. As their motto states, “Come as a guest, and leave as a friend.” Thank you to Martin and his talented team for their incredible hospitality.
*For more information regarding Mezzanin7, visit their website at www.mezzanin7.at .