Steirerck, Vienna, 10/23/14

Exterior
Exterior

A wonderfully creative building located in a park in Vienna. It offers the options of a 6 or 7 course tasting or ordering a la carte. They also offer wine pairings for the tasting menus. Each course offers you 2 options and we both choose differently, to once again try the most of what they offer.

Entry
Entry

This restaurant has received numerous awards and shows up on many ‘top 50 in the US’ lists. The food is beautiful and tasty but the service shows too many holes for a place so lauded. After serving our champagne we were bombarded with amuse bouche before even deciding on our menus but then were left in a void for some time before the server returned to take our order. We wanted the wine list but instead were brought the paired wine with the first course and had to ask again which meant our choice of wine did not arrive in time to drink with our first course. Minor complaints for many places but ones that should never happen in a place reaching to be in the top tier of dining establishments.

table set up with interesting overlapping table to help with serving
table set up with interesting overlapping table to help with serving

That said they did have several marvelous spots like the cute serving tables that fit over the edge of our table to place our wine, water and whatever. They also had a name card holder at each place in which they place a card describing in detail the next course. This is a marvelous invention! So often the server gives you a delicious description of what is presented most of which I can’t remember 2 minutes later to write down but with this I could take it with me and re-read during the course to identity ingredients. Highly evolved! Looking in the kitchen it was a mass of toques that amazed even my jaded self and the tile work leading to the downstairs bathrooms, cheese and spice racks was mindblowingly fun.  Portion sizes are well scaled. The selection of bread is overwhelming, however they only make 3 of them in house. One of my favorite courses was the fresh cheese – a wonderful creative option.

crackers
crackers
sorbet
sorbet
waxed potato (squeeze it out of skin) with dip
waxed potato (squeeze it out of skin) with dip
amuse bouche
amuse bouche
menu cover
menu cover
interior
interior
interior
interior
3 different butter options
3 different butter options
their 3 housemade breads
their 3 housemade breads

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Frankie took a nap on the purse stool!
Frankie took a nap on the purse stool!
Peppers and melon with olive herb and venus clams
Peppers and melon with olive herb and venus clams
wine
wine
back
back

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Pumpkin and citron with hemp and king trumpet mushrooms
Pumpkin and citron with hemp and king trumpet mushrooms
Chioggia beets with roses, porcini mushrooms and verbena
Chioggia beets with roses, porcini mushrooms and verbena
‘Reinanke’ with courgette, avocado and walnut leaves
‘Reinanke’ with courgette, avocado and walnut leaves
‘Alpenlachs’ deep fried in a rye beer batter with broccoli, black chickpeas and monarda (a wild flower in the mint family)
‘Alpenlachs’ deep fried in a rye beer batter with broccoli, black chickpeas and monarda (a wild flower in the mint family)
wine
wine
wine back
wine back
Cyklame potatoes with cashew nut cream, cruncy Rosalinde potatoes with shiso and white Alba truffles
Cyklame potatoes with cashew nut cream, cruncy Rosalinde potatoes with shiso and white Alba truffles
Boiled and roast parsnip with chicory, funnel chanterelles and cornel cherries
Boiled and roast parsnip with chicory, funnel chanterelles and cornel cherries
cheese room
cheese room
spices and wild staircase
spices and wild staircase
some of the wines
some of the wines
wild tile on staircase
wild tile on staircase
Kitchen
Kitchen
Crispy lamb belly with sea buckthorn, roast loin of Pogusch lamb, sweet potato, kohlrabiand sweet potato juice
Crispy lamb belly with sea buckthorn, roast loin of Pogusch lamb, sweet potato, kohlrabiand sweet potato juice
Wild hare with chervil root, ‘Rosa Bianca’ aubergine and sorrell with wild hare jus
Wild hare with chervil root, ‘Rosa Bianca’ aubergine and sorrell with wild hare jus
one of our servers
one of our servers

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cheese cart
cheese cart
another staff member
another staff member
cheese course
cheese course
special breads
special breads
Sweetened vanilla - fresh cheese with physalis, frozen fresh cheese whey with toasted hemp seeds, black sesame and coconut, and cereals
Sweetened vanilla – fresh cheese with physalis, frozen fresh cheese whey with toasted hemp seeds, black sesame and coconut, and cereals
Caramelized quince with lavender, warm quince cake soaked in brandy, brunt raw milk and lavender ice cream
Caramelized quince with lavender, warm quince cake soaked in brandy, brunt raw milk and lavender ice cream
Preserved Viennese figs, peanut croquant, fig leaf cake, mandarin curd, fig ice cream, braised fig juice with lavender
Preserved Viennese figs, peanut croquant, fig leaf cake, mandarin curd, fig ice cream, braised fig juice with lavender
extra desserts
extra desserts

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