Unfortunately, my wife and I were not lucky enough to stay at the Tannenhof, but were simply looking for a place to enjoy a quiet evening meal away from the children, and close to our tour operator's hotel. We took pot luck, and stumbled upon one of the most fantastic dining experiences we have ever had (and we have had a few, having lived in Paris, London and New York).
The Tannenhof has only just opened, having been built from the ground up in 2011 as a luxury boutique hotel with only 8 rooms. The restaurant is designed primarily for hotel guests but will take non residents if they have space.
The public areas that we saw exude a combination of modern class and Austrian comfort. We were greeted warmly by our hosts and promptly seated. The service throughout combined attention to detail, genuine warmth, and none of the pretentiousness or fussiness so often associated with grand eating establishments.
We picked a small number of dishes from the set menu. The food was a modern reinvention of Austrian and French classics, but with incredibly effective and subtle combinations of flavours and textures, exquisite presentation, and delightful (and unexpected) "amuse bouches" served between courses. Our wine waiter chose a different wine to go with each course, each one delicious. The bill for two was a very reasonable €130, to which we added a decent and well deserved tip. It felt like a bargain.
Next time my wife and I are looking for a really exceptional ski resort hotel, we will choose the Tannenhof simply on the basis of the dining experience. It really was that good.
- Also Known As:
- Hotel Tannenhof Austria/St. Anton Am Arlberg