Formosa Food

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Barnabitengasse 6, Vienna, Austria, 1060

Vegetarian restaurant and shop turned vegan in 2017. Serves mostly Asian food with other varieties like curry, soy schnitzel, veggie burgers and fries. Has vegan dessert. Sells frozen vegan meat substitutes, chocolate, cheese, and even vegan dog food. In a quiet side street of the main shopping street Mariahilfstr. Open Mon-Sat 11:00am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan, Chinese, International, Western, Asian

42 Reviews

First Review by kornfeld

Good, but not worth a special trip - Edit

Small-ish place on a lovely street. It has Asian-style food but also Austrian specialties. Their signature dish, vegan cordon-bleu, was pretty good ("chicken" rolled up with "ham" and "cheese" and then breaded and fried). I never really liked it back in my meat-eating days, so it was not that exciting to me. My wife had a Thai curry with "prawns" with a sauce that was a little bland but otherwise it was good. There were other things on the menu that looked interesting in a junk-food kind of way (fish and chips, hot dogs) but we didn't have time for a repeat visit. Prices were very reasonable, about 7 or 8 euros a dish.

We had issues with the service that was due to a language barrier, and it took 3 tries to get one dish as ordered. The menu has stuff translated into English, but something got lost along the way. We don't speak German and I gather English is a 3rd language for some of the staff, so I forgive this. The shop inside had all sorts of interesting dehydrated mock-meats and other stuff that would be very hard to find.

Pros: Interesting selection, Nice outdoor seating area, Pick up provisions

Cons: Some confusion with language

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Good food in a good location - Edit

Good food for a decent price in a good location. Friendly staff.

Cons: Menu can be difficult to decipher , Seems to be fish on the menu (?)

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Special vegetarian offers in the centre of Wien - Edit

Very cute restaurant in the very centre of Wien. Two small rooms, about 20 seats. Very good offer of meals - 12 various menu with soup or salad and the main dish, mostly vegetarian variant of meat meals. We offered soup (carrot), vegetarian duck with mango and rice + vegetarian chicken schnitzel and potato salad. All very good quality, big portions. The service pleasant. Although the space was full, it was clean and not noisy There is also large offer of stock food to buy. The price is OK.

Pros: Good place in the centre of the city, Friendly staff, Excellent meal

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Great selection - Edit

We stopped in just before closing but had enough time to still eat there. We had the veg cutlet with spinach filling and potato salad, and the veg cordon bleu with potato salad. Wow! These were two very, very delicious items. Highly recommend.

Pros: incredible mock meat selections

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Good place for mock meat and Asian dishes - Edit

The first time, we arrived 10mins before they closed so they couldn't serve us anymore. However, the guy was extraordinary friendly and gave us a small snack for free. He gave us some suggestions on other places with vegan food which might still be open. We came back the next evening and were received very warmly. My boyfriend and I both took the mango mock duck dish and it was amazing. The mock duck was very crispy and the mango sauce suited it perfectly. We actually came back a third time, because we really liked this restaurant. There is also a small store where you can find various vegan and from Taiwan imported items. I can highly recommend this place!

Updated from previous review on 2016-08-14

Pros: superfriendly staff, delicious food, fair prices

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great place for mock meat! - Edit

I usually come here for the mock meat. the menu isn't big but has a good variety. the food is tasty, portions are really big and prices are reasonable! it's also a good place if you wanna try some traditional austrian dish in a vegan version.
location is great as it's just off of one of Vienna's main shopping streets. frequented by mostly young, alternative people but also people working in the area on their lunch break. this is a lovely place especially when the weather is nice as there's outdoor seating. service is great and i usually buy something from the shop before leaving.

thinking that formosa actually means "taiwan", i'm having problems finding taiwanese food on the menu, but that's just me being irritated by the restaurant's name ;)

Pros: taste, location, price

Cons: lack of taiwanese food ;)

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Asian Schnitzel! :) - Edit

We were in Wien for tourism, so the first night we looked for a place that opened late and had some "traditional dishes". We tried their Schnitzel and also another kind of schnitzel that had some spinach on it. The last one was better because the simple one was a bit plain. Overall, good food, we had a menu with soup as as starter and then the main with a side. We paid 17,50€ for both of us. It is run by asians, so the food has a asian touch to it. We were happy overall, super full, nice people and not expensive.

Pros: Typical traditional austrian dishes, Open till late, Good food, not expensive for Wien

Cons: Don't go if you don't like mock meat

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Nice, but unremarkable - Edit

This place is quite small, with an excellent vegan shop - some very good chocolate, egg replacer, lots of cream cheese, all different kinds of mock meat. We were told that all the food is vegan, but from reading this page I'm not sure if we were misinformed.

We had the vegan goose, because I've never seen that on a menu before, and BBQ duck. The goose was a bit tougher than other mock meats I've had, but it was really good, in a flavoursome sauce with dumplings. The BBQ duck also had good flavours, but there wasn't actually that much mock meat in it, which was disappointing. We also shared a plate of dumplings, which were nice but unremarkable.

The desserts are microwave mug cakes, which was an unusual twist. We shared the chocolate chip crumb cake, and it was really nice, cooked all the way through and topped with the creamiest chocolate ice cream.

Small downside: when we went to pay, we were asked to recite what we'd had, rather than them just checking our bill. This meant looking through the menu again and pointing out what we'd had.

Pros: Some unusual things on menu, Everything well cooked and flavoured, Good shop

Cons: Quite small, Confusing payment system

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Best veggie burger I've found in Vienna - Edit

Their veggie chicken burger and fries has become my best love, and the people over there are so friendly, that makes me feel relax and enjoy. and they have a lot of veggie stuff that I have never see in my town.

Pros: people are friendly, good food, Vegan Friendly

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Disappointment - Edit

Get great recommendations so went there with friend when visiting Wien, but we get disappointed. Our food (curry and burger) wasn't very tasty, lot of oil in the curry, soup oversalted. Maybe just unlucky pick from menu or bad day in the kitchen, but we weren't very satisfied. Staff was very friendly, bought some great things in their store.

Pros: Location, Store

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A true gem for the vegan world - Edit

A middle aged asian couple runs this Store and restaurant, they offer the most creative variety of vegan food, including lifestyle realistic vegan ducks, which you could even stuff. Their selection varies often and depending on the season, and their food tastes perfect, their prices are affordable, and the open kitchen in the restaurant is also a huge plus.

Pros: Good prices., Wide selection, Vegan duck.

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Mock Meat all over the place - Edit

Vegan: Damn, never have seen so many kinds of mock meat. Kind of confusing. Mock meat is without declaration - no clue whether its seitan, tofu or artifical something. You need to like that. We had some curry without mock meat. Curry was average.

Pros: Hey, they have vegan stuff!

Cons: Mock Meat all over the place

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Great value for your money - Edit

Decent fast food type of restaurant with adorable people running the place.
If you are low on cash and want to get a lot of food for great value I would recommend stopping by this place. Even if the food isn't the greatest but it was enjoyable for what it was, Beware if you are not fond of fast food. Despite decent food options the biggest thing going for the place is that they are selling quite a lot of food items that you wont find elsewhere that is vegan. So I recomend buying some of the candy and sweets you only find there!
They also have a little shop next door with even greater selection!

Pros: Price, Location, Selection

Cons: Generic taste

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love - Edit

I love this place so much. I prefer the Thai and Japanese Curry for a meal but the burgers are so juicy and soft! The only food I dislike from there is the cold potato puree that comes with the cordon bleu and the schnitzel, I think. Good for travellers.

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HIGHLY RECOMMEND - Edit

These are some of the nicest, most warmhearted strangers I have ever met! I cannot properly express my gratitude to them. I would eat here every day if I got the chance to return to Vienna! Also, the food was yummy and I got to try my first Go Max Go candy bars here!

Pros: kindest staff I've ever met, yummy food, Go Max Go candy bars

Cons: cash only

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Friendly staff - Edit

As it's close to my working space I go there quite often and they usually fast and always friendly. They remember faces and food/drink wishes very well :)

Just one con: They don't change the table cloth so often, so I always take a look and if it's dirty I ask for an exchange.

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Fast, mostly vegan food with a smile - Edit

The guy here was lovely and kind enough to serve us very close to closing time. We only had a main meal as we were the last in but the service was very friendly and the range of items sold in the attached show is very wide.

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Good honest simple food - Edit

The staff at this little cafe are very friendly and knowledgeable about veganism (double check what you order as some dishes are vegetarian). I had polenta triangles with stir-fried veg which was very high quality, although the portion size was quiet small. The shop is connected and has fresh, inexpensive organic veg as well as vegan baked goods.

Pros: quality, friendly, vegan friendly

Cons: portion size

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nice little cafe - Edit

We went several times as quite a few other listings in Vienna were shut for August. The food was nice - the menu is mock meat and fast food, so might not be your thing. We had a mock beef with rice and vegetables and a mock duck with mango and salad which were both good. The main dishes all come with a salad or soup, so it was certainly the most reasonable dinner we had out. I saw someone else having the vegan hot dog - that looked pretty good. Did an excellent mango sorbet too. Small seating area indoors and outdoors and has a small shop too. Sells take away vegan pastries too.

Pros: good value, friendly staff , good size portions

Cons: very focused on mock meat

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Great, fun, vegan gummi-bears! - Edit

Lots of fun mock-meat things on the menu, chicken burgers, veggie steaks, and schnitzels. The veggies that came with my veggie steaks were cut very large but tasty and fresh. They also have really great vegan pastries. The portions are big and the food pretty good, I wouldn't say excellent but good and the fun-factor definitely adds (that's why we eat mock-meat, right?). The last great thing to say about this place is that they sell vegan gummi bears (and gummy coke bottles, and others)!! I only regret having bought a bag because we couldn't put it down all night and ate way too many gummy treats.

Pros: Good price, Fun, "austrian" food, Good food

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something special - Edit

Small, kind & friendly

After 8 years i head my first "Wiener Schnitzel" there and it was really great!!!
The price is low and owners are very willing, but sometimes not easy to understand :-)
They have also a small "vegan" shop where you can buy incredible things to eat - most of all is vegan.

definitely recommendable !!!

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Good snacks & drinks - Edit

Stopped by Formosa for mid-afternoon snacks with some friends and was pleasantly surprised. There's outside seating, and I also bought some egg replacer in the shop. It's pretty tiny, but they have things I can't get everywhere (e.g. a refrigerator with mock meat products, mock fish, and vegan cheese).

Pros: friendly, outdoor seating, shop

Cons: very small

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Nice restaurant with shop - Edit

It is a restaurant with a small shop inside. The shop offers many fake-meat (even fake-fish) meals and some cakes.
The menu is nice, all-vegan! Each menu contains a salad or a soup, prices moderate.
Only disadvantage: it tastes like any other (non-vegan) asia food restaurant. Very much fat, too much soy sauce

Pros: small shop, large menu

Cons: too fat and salty

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My favourite place in whole Austria! - Edit

We went to Vienna some years ago and wanted to visit all veggie restaurants there. We ended up going to the Formosa every day, simply because it's that good. They have lots of meat-like dishes and a fantastic potato salad. Plus the staff is friendly. This is one of our favourite places ever.

Pros: Very tasty, friendly staff

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nice little place - Edit

Located in a lively neighbourhood, it is a small shop/restaurant with only a couple of tables. The space could use a bit of freshening up inside, but it's the food that counts! Open till 9 pm.

Large choice of reasonably priced meals and snacks. I had the veg. chicken burger with fries, which was quite nice but not very special. I would love to get back and try some of the full meals.

Pros: fast and good food, friendly staff

Cons: small

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highly recommended - Edit

we had lunch there and were happy to see the menu - so many things to choose from!

I had duck noodles with the duck looking too realistic for me. My boyfriend ordered fried chicken with potato salad. Needless to say, we enjoyed or meal there a lot. :) the complementary salad and a watermelon slice was very nice of them.

the prices are around 3.50 EUR for sides and snacks like burgers and wraps, and around 8.50EUR for main courses.

Pros: all-vegan menu, large portions

Cons: chipped plates

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Cool place - Edit

Nice little store/restaurant with all vegetarian/vegan food. I ordered the vegan "Cordon Bleu" with a salad. It was pretty good, I wish I could have tried more items. The store sold many vegetarian/vegan goods including pet food. If I am ever in Vienna again I will come back here.

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