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Restaurant recommendations salzburg

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Hello. My husband and I will be away in salzburg for 2 days in mid July. Can anyone recommend a couple of great places to eat for dinner and lunch? We wanted authentic Austrian food with a great atmosphere.

Thank you! Ann

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    Hi Ann.

    Here's what we had at the Goldener Hirsch for about 200E
    the Goldener Hirsch for dinner only 10 min late.

    The building was 600 years old in 2006, but doesn’t look a day over 350. The restaurant is in the former stables. It is a very pleasant, whitewashed room with groined, vaulted ceilings. Service is very smooth and very discreet.

    I have a note that the bread plate was very fresh and very crunchy, but this might have been due to it’s being our first upscale dinner in Europe. Living in Madison, GA, one tends to forget what really good bread is like.

    After an interesting amuse bouche of some sort of foamy thingy (foamy thingies are very big these days) we had Salmon Mousse for LW and Spargel for me (actually the spargel was meant for 2, but Roberta doesn’t eat asparagus, so I had to force myself to eat her share).

    Mains were Prawns for Roberta and Lake Char for me, with accompanying veggies. Wine was an Alte Reben Gruner Veltiner- 2004 for 39E.

    Excellent companion to the fish and the spargel – slight green tint to a golden color; aromas of honey, white peaches, pears and apricots; a slightly tart apple and citrus taste leading to a mineral finish.

    Dessert, which we shared, was the “Rigo Janci” – hidden toward the bottom of the list beneath stuff with lots of whipped cream on it.

    This was a square of flourless chocolate cake topped by two layers of chocolate mousse (dark at the bottom, light at the top), a thin layer of schlag and a trellis of dark and light chocolate. A really scrumptious, amazingly light, very tasty and completely uncloying finishing touch.

    I suggested to the head waiter that this be made their signature dessert.

    Coffee was excellent – 200E with tip.

    A note on the Goldener Hirsch: Many have said that it is overpriced for what you get. I think much depends on carefully reading the menu. For example, pre-dinner drinks – one Manhattan and one Martini cost us 50E. In future, I shall stick to tap water.

    However: We really, really liked
    Since I wrote this report (2007), it has been awarded a Michelin star, and the prices have risen.

    The restaurant is located just across the street from the bus stop for the Augustiner Bräustüberl. It is done in a modern décor, but the colors are warm and it is not unfriendly.

    We were greeted and shown to our tables by a pleasant young lady, who was one of the owners. I told her that we had to take the last bus back to the Haus am Moos, and to please make sure that we were on it. She promised to do so, and was as good as her word. She paced the dinner so that we were not at all hurried, but finished our coffee, paid our bill, collected our paraphernalia and were at the bus stop with 5 min to spare.

    Esszimmer offers 4 menus, which are changed monthly so that you can go there once a week and not eat the same thing. 3 menus are 5 courses, the Menu Andreas Kaiblinger is 7. With each menu you can have the wine pairing if you wish.

    Prices are:
    Vegetarian 46E Wine pairing 29E
    Esszimmer 57E Wine pairing 30E
    Fish 58E Wine pairing 26E
    7 course 78E Wine pairing 35E

    After accepting an offer of a glass of wine for an aperitif (Trocken Riesling for LW and a Riesling for me) we perused the menus. I chose the Esszimmer. My Lady Wife, whom age cannot wither nor custom stale her infinite variety, surprised me by going vegetarian instead of with her usual fish.

    Mrs Kaiblinger inquired as to whether LW was a vegetarian, as the openers contained fish, and offered to change them if needed. Being assured that Roberta was just in the mood for veggies, she began the presentation.

    Dinner opened with a trio of amuses-bouche: a frothed and foamy cream of asparagus soup, a tiny piece of broiled halibut with an eensy, crispy spring roll, a sliver of marinated perch in an herbed cream sauce. All were excellent.

    The rest of the 5 courses went from delight to delight. Each course service was set by a white-gloved waitress. Each offering and wine was described by our hostess, who was knowledgeable enough about the pairings to answer my simple questions – in a foreign language, no less.

    Highlight of evening. My LW, who insists that she doesn’t like “sweet” wine, refused her Beerenauslese (Martin Paisler, Jois – 2004), so I had it. Yummy.

    The cheese tray was worthy of Paris. Wine Pairings with 5-course dinner for two 200E.

    As noted, we were at the bus stop 5 min early. Hopped into our coach and were back at the am Moos happily satisfied. And so to bed.

    Hope this helps


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    Our favorite place in Salzburg was Zum Fidelen Affen (the faithful ape), a real Austrian beer hall type restaurant. It's big, noisy, and you sit at shared tables. The beer flows freely, and the food is plentiful and very good. It's just a short walk across the river from the old city, in a nice area.

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    I posted my Salzburg report on chowhound, which I will copy for you here. Hope it helps.

    Restaurant Elefant -- this is downstairs in the Hotel Elefant (where we stayed). They have tables out on the street, where you can watch the tourists walk by, and look at the old clocktower. Salzburg is so very charming! The service at this restaurant was quite good, a bit more attentive than we found in most places. We both had the chicken shnitzel over salad with pumpkin seed oil. The salad was a bit of potato salad, some carrot salad and also some green salad. And I really love the flavor of the pumpkin seed oil. Pumpkin seeds seem to be very popular in Austria. My favorite rolls were the ones covered with pumpkin seeds. Anyways, the food at Restaurant Elefant was quite good, and I would definitely recommend them for lunch or dinner.

    Zum Wilden Mann -- also in the old city, just around the corner from our hotel. This is a fairly simple restaurant, with good traditional food. We had the cream of asparagus soup -- incredibly yummy! They made a nice goulash, although the dumplings were a bit of dry and dense. For dessert, we had pancakes with ice cream, chocolate sauce and toasted almonds. Yum! Service was haphazard, but okay. Also, important to note this restaurant is cash only....and this isn't posted anywhere (of course, the lack of credit card logos would have been the tipoff, but I just didn't look for this). So we were a little surprised when our credit cards were denied.

    Our final dinner was at the Panorama restaurant, which is in the fortress at the top of the funicular. If you book the dinner & fortress concert ticket, they will book you up here, and you get a limited menu. We didn't want to be constrained, so we went up without the pre-paid dinner, and also no reservation. It would be wise to have a reservation if you want to eat here. We did end up getting a table, but it was uncertain...they had to make sure no other concert goers were coming.

    I had turkey schnitzel this time, served with parsley potatoes and cranberry sauce. Turkey cutlets actually make a fine schnitzel, maybe better than chicken (you may have guessed by now...I'm not a fan of pork or veal. My travel companion did eat both and loved the veal schnitzel best). We also tried the mixed sausage plate, which was pretty good. For dessert, we had to have one more Sacher torte. And you know what? this place made it far better than the Cafe Sacher in Vienna! It was not so dry, the chocolate was thicker, and there was a stronger flavor from the apricot jam.

    So I do recommend this place, especially if you are going up to hear a concert in the fortress. Its basically the only place to eat up there (there is a second pub-like restaurant, but it had a pretty limited menu and didn't interest us). For a place in such a touristy location, and with a captive audience, I thought they did a good job. We enjoyed the food.

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    We liked:
    1)Humboldt Stubn, Gstattengasse 4-6.
    2)Fingerlos, Franz-Josef-Strasse 9 (only serves breakfast & lunch).
    3)My favorite was Köchelverzeichnis Weinstube, Steingasse 27,(right across from the Plaisir d'Amour). It is very small and offers only 2 dishes each night but it is excellent. The wine is great, and is often from the chef's cousin's vinyard in the Wachau. Go early or you won't get a seat- it only seats about 15 people & once there, no one leaves. If you want to call ahead the number is : +43 664 5167501.

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    When I was a student in Salzburg we loved to go to The Augustiner Brau.
    It's as Austrian as it gets. You pay for your beer, grab a stein from the rack and head for the barrel. Lots of interesting local dishes to choose from at deli-like counters or from wandering pretzel and radish girls.
    Since you'll be there in July the beer garden will be open. a very nice place to spend the afternoon.

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