The Austrian kitchen is often linked to traditional and often a bit heavy cooking, but it has so much more to offer. We have gathered a premium selection of some of the best gourmet restaurants in Tennengau (Western Austria). All you have to do is book a ticket.
Rated as the best restaurant in Austria, this place is an absolute must-visit for foodie’s and anyone with just a slight interest in food! Being a star chef, Andreas Döllerer has been nominated ‘Chef of the year’ twice, and his restaurant in Golling has been awarded several times in the Falstaff Restaurant Guide, which allegedly stated that Döllerers cooking is “up there on the Mount Olympus of cooking!” But Döllerer’s universe of gastronomical delights offers its guest much more than ‘just’ a gourmet restaurant. In the small yet charming village of Golling, he also houses a small hotel, a tavern, a delicacy store and an enoteca offering not less than 200.000 bottles of wine from the most renowned vineyards around the world. One can easily spend an entire day here! If time allows, Mr. Döllerer also offers cooking classes for €250 per person.
Döllerers Genusswelten, Markt 56, 5440 Golling an der Salzach, www.doellerer.at.
in Bad Vigaun, just half an hour’s drive from Salzburg, one will find a family-owned restaurant in the most idyllic settings. The name of the restaurant is Kellerbauer, and it is a synonym for Austrian gourmet food with a Mediterranean twist. In here, guests will enjoy the tranquil surroundings and splendid service while admiring the high-ceilinged room (it was previously a barn) with rafters and a great, big fireplace in the middle. Very cosy, even during summer!
The kitchen takes pride in using only the finest and freshest ingredients, which changes according to season. Are you a vegetarian? Or do you want to challenge your taste buds? No worries. Kellerbauer presents a range of different menus catering to all requirements, for example the Kellerbauer menu with tartare, truffle eggs and lamb or the ‘creative menu’ with trout, pheasant breast and goose liver. No matter what you choose, make sure to have at least one dish with truffle, as that is the house speciality.
Restaurant Kellerbauer, Kellerbauerweg 41, 5424 Bad Vigaun, www.kellerbauer.at.
Looking for true Austrian cuisine and traditions? Then Abfalter is a must-try! Nestling between picturesque mountains and the famous waterfall in Golling, Abfalter is everything you imagine a charming Austrian gasthof would be – and more. For over 50 years, the restaurant has been welcoming its audience of both younger and older generations, who all have one thing in common; they value quality food and warm-hearted service. Today, the third generation of the Abfalter family unfolds their passion (son Bernhard is in the kitchen and daughter Johanna is a waitress). The atmosphere is relaxed and we can almost guarantee that you will not get a better Wiener Schnitzel or Apfelstrudel anywhere else. It is also possible to get a room.
Gasthof Abfalter, Wasserfallstrasse 57, 5440 Golling
A small hotel and an excellent restaurant located in a family-owned farm in Hallein (25 minutes by car from Salzburg); this is what guests will find when they come to Langwies. The restaurant has been awarded in both Gault Millau and Falstaff for their diverse cuisine – traditional Austrian with a modern touch. Meat and vegetables are local, and much of it is produced on the farm itself. During our visit, the restaurant was extremely busy, but the staff was smiling and the atmosphere was laid-back and welcoming. Meat lovers will be pleased to find a large selection of juicy steaks and cuts, but it is also recommended to try out the slow-roasted duck breast or mouth-watering pumpkin soup. Leave some room for a cheese platter with different kinds of cheese from the region.
Hotel Gasthof Langwies, Langwies 22, 5424 Bad Vigaun/Hallein, www.langwies.at.
Winterstellgut is a traditional blend of culinary delights and luxury living in serene, alpine surroundings. Located thousands of meters above sea level and just a few minutes drive from the Lammar Valley and ski resort of Dachstein West, this place is ideal as a weekend getaway destination. Winterstellgut cooks respectfully after old recipes, which have been in use for ages, and the kitchen buys their ingredients from local farmers and hunters, for which reasons the menu changes accordingly to season. The hearty dishes include for example half a duck with red cabbage, saddle of deer with brussel sprouts and boiled and braised beef and each course is a feast for the senses. Not in particular due to the compositions or new “creative” cooking methods, but simply because each ingredient has been treated with respect causing them to present a much more intense taste. Your food will be paired with excellent Austrian wine from the restaurant’s own wine cellar (tastings can be arranged upon request). Winterstellgut also accommodates five elegant rooms and suites.
Winterstellgut, Barunötzhof 4, 5524 Annaberg im Lammertal, www.winterstellgut.at.