Monthly Archives: March 2012

Grilled Fish Plate with Garlic Noodles and Mixed Salad – Gegrillter Fischteller mit Knoblauchnudeln und gemischten Salat

Gasthof Knapp. A-6261 Strass · Zillertal

With the onset of Lent, many restaurants and eateries have begun featuring fish on a daily basis. Many faithful followers commit to fasting and abstaining from mammal and poultry meat throughout the duration of this period leading up to Easter. With many people requesting fish, it’s the ideal time to evaluate how Austrians serve up these aquatic creatures. Continue reading

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McDonald’s Chicken Wings

McDonald‘s. A-6130 Vomp · Industriestrasse 7

Ketchup, barbeque, sweet & sour, sour cream, chili dip. Heck, there’s even a curry sauce. With all of these sauces available, it makes sense that McDonald’s Austria recently decided to unveil another dippable product on the menu – chicken wings. Considering the dearth of KFCs throughout the country and the nonexistence of Premium Chicken Selects chicken strips (only limited time availability), McDonald’s logically seized the opportunity by introducing these wings to pair with their sauces. Do the wings belong on the menu? Should they become a staple product next to their famous McNuggets? Continue reading

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Viennese Schnitzel, made from Pork Loin, with Parsley Potatoes and Cranberries – Wiener Schnitzel von der Schweinelende mit Petersilkartoffeln und Preiselbeeren

Gasthof Einhorn Schaller. A-6130 Schwaz · Innsbruckerstraße 31

If you are ever undecided on what to order in an Austrian (or German) restaurant, Schnitzel is always a safe dish. The complete pork loin schnitzel meal is simple, straightforward, hearty, and delicious. A thick piece of boneless pork loin has been sliced in half, breaded and fried. Garnished on top are intricately carved lemon slices, a couple parsley leaves, and a whole cherry tomato. Accompanying the meat are a handful of potato quarters and a miniature bowl of cranberry sauce. The end result is a complete, traditional Tyrolean pork schnitzel meal. Continue reading

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Mozart Cake – Mozarttorte

Steinerwirt 1493. A-5700 Zell am See · Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 2

From traditional Austrian Kaiserschmarrn to oven fresh apple strudel, Steinerwirt boasts a wide assortment of dazzling desserts that will surely satisfy your sweet tooth. In addition to the standard fare, the dessert menu features Mozarttorte – an elegant cake that incorporates the interesting recipe of ingredients found in Austria’s renowned Mozartkugeln confection (Mozart chocolate balls). Continue reading

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Classic Austrian Tafelspitz with Creamed Spinach, Fried Potatoes, Apple Horse Radish, and Sour Cream and Chive Sauce – klassischer Österreichischer Tafelspitz mit Cremespinat, Rösterdäpfeln, Apfelkren, Schnittlauchsauce

Steinerwirt 1493. A-5700 Zell am See · Dreifaltigkeitsgasse 2

Though many will contend that Wiener schnitzel is THE Austrian specialty, there are others who would argue for another quintessential Austrian classic – Tafelspitz. Literally translated as ‘tip of the table,’ this simple, yet amazingly powerful dish of boiled beef was the favorite of Austrian royalty, most notably Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Rightfully so, the Tafelspitz served at Steinerwirt is fit for a king (or emperor). This traditional Austrian dish consists of three thick slices of sirloin (from the beef’s hind leg) served in a pan containing an aromatic clear beef broth and a mirepoix of root vegetables – carrots, celery, and parsnips – along with chopped green onions. Two sauces complement the main dish – a bowl of apple horseradish sauce and a creamy sour cream and chive dip. Traditional accompaniments – roasted potatoes and creamed spinach – come with the beef in their own separate serving dishes. Continue reading

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Spanish Rice Pudding – Arroz con Leche

Mexico Arriba. A-6020 Innsbruck · Innrain 2

After all that, if you still manage to have room left over for dessert, Mexico Arriba also features a handful of treats to complete your foray into Mexican cuisine. Continue reading

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Chicken Breast in Mole Sauce with Rice – Mole Poblano con Arroz

Mexico Arriba. A-6020 Innsbruck · Innrain 2

Despite increased globalization and widespread interest in foreign cultures, Mexican cuisine hasn’t quite found a niche here in Austria. With that said, it comes as a pleasant surprise to find a Mexican establishment that finely reproduces the flavors of Mexico in the heart of Innsbruck’s old city, along the Inn River. The menu is exciting and exotic – a treat in this part of Europe. The restaurant’s signature item is chocolate mole sauce, which is featured in two dishes – enmolada con mole poblano and mole poblano con arroz. Continue reading

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Salsa de Chile Habanero

Mexico Arriba. A-6020 Innsbruck · Innrain 2

Looking for a jolt of fiery heat? Tired of the mellow and mild flavors in the local Austrian cuisine? Then look no further! Mexico Arriba restaurant offers one of the spiciest sauces in these parts of Europe –salsa de chile habanero, containing one of the hottest chilies in the world. Continue reading

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Mexico Arriba. A-6020 Innsbruck · Innrain 2

Mexico Arriba does an impressive job of capturing the essence of classic Mexican cuisine – from the starters to the main dishes, all the way to the desserts and beverages. Various Mexican specialties are featured – one of them being the traditional refreshment horchata. Continue reading

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Döner Kebab Dürüm

Café Bistro Big & Big. A-6130 Schwaz · Marktstraße 18a

Dürüm is a type of Turkish wrap, comparable to a burrito. Similar to the Kebap Fladen, the dürüm consists of kebab meat, chopped iceberg lettuce, coarsely sliced red tomatoes, and creamy yogurt sauce all wrapped in a thin sheet of flatbread that sort of resembles a flour tortilla. The dürüm flatbread is even thinner and pliable. The whole wrap is baked in the oven until slightly crisp. Continue reading

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