Austrian chef Stephan Zoisl’s favourite restaurants in Innsbruck, his hometown

Jun 15, 2017

For gourmet travellers always on the lookout for the best places to eat in foreign lands, there’s no better advice than that from expatriate chefs working abroad. Chef Stephan Zoisl of Chef’s Table shares his favourite eateries back home in Austria.

“Austria serves very hearty, rich, and uncomplicated food. Portions are big and there’s lots of meat. We don’t eat much fish, and our main carbohydrate is potato. Most important is Gastfreundlichkeit – a feeling of being welcomed at an eatery. One of the most famous dishes is the Wiener Schnitzel – traditionally made with a thin slice of veal breaded and fried in a pan with hot oil or clarified butter. There’s also Leberkas-Semmel – a kind of burger. It’s a semmel (a round bun similar to a baguette) filled with leberkas (a meatloaf) and pickled cucumber with mustard. The average Austrian eats one a week, or more, but it is higher in calories than a Big Mac.”

Steirereck

steirereck

This is the No 1 restaurant in Austria – they’re unbeatable. They’re constantly evolving, and they’re the driving force of Austrian gastronomy. The menu changes seasonally, and their bread trolley is absolutely stunning. Meierei, the milk and cheese bar below Steirereck is also very good. Try a Wiener Schnitzel, Gulasch (goulash) or Beuscherl (offal stew), and save space for desserts.

Am Heumarkt 2A, 1030 Wien, Austria

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Schweizer Haus

schweizerhaus

Best place for pork knuckles and ice-cold beer. Try a brez’n (a lye bread pretzel) with radish, horseradish, and mustard too. I literally have dreams of this place.

Prater 116, 1020 Wien, Austria

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– ADAPTED FROM AN ARTICLE ON STRAITSTIMES.COM BY RACHEL LOI

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