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Review of Steirereck

Steirereck
Ranked #38 of 4,715 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Austrian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Neighbourhood: Inner City
Description: One of the most famous gourmet restaurants of the city can be found in one of the most beautiful parts of Vienna, in the middle of the Stadtpark and on the banks of the river: the Steiereck and its sister establishment, the Meierei next door.
Reviewed 10 January 2018

Steirereck is known as the pinnacle of the Austrian fine dining world, and to be honest it's hard to dispute that, however just like a piece of Viennese classical music, the experience had its high notes and low notes.

We had a lunch reservation, and the restaurant itself is an incredible statement of geometric modernism, which has been the home of Steirereck since 2005. It is also a not so subtle hint as to the type of cuisine served inside, which is fundamentally a modern interpretation of classical Viennese and Styrian cooking. We opted for the tasting menu which, due to it being December, featured a lot of game, which is 'music to my ears'.

Now, having reflected on this for a few days, I can honestly say that whilst some dishes were of great quality, some were borderline bizarre and seemed to pair ingredients together which simply did not work, and whilst I appreciate that everybody's tastes will be different, there seemed to be a glaringly obvious common factor which separated the good from the not so good, and that was 'simplicity'. The best dishes such as the carp or the hare course were lovely, and this was because they simply had less ingredients on the plate, sometimes no more than three. Whereas the not so good dishes, such as the pheasant or the celeriac courses just had way too much going on, and way too many flavours competing with each other, often confusing the main ingredient. This was most apparent in the pheasant course, where although the pheasant breast itself was great, the other components to the dish such as groundcherry and tangerine may have worked with the sweet potato and the radish, but simply did not triangulate together with the pheasant - the main ingredient.

Despite all of this, Steirereck is a wonderful experience, and one I wouldn't hesitate having again, but I would just like to see a little less ingredients to some of the dishes. Service was excellent though, and I would highly recommend the restaurant to foodies everywhere!

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Reviewed 8 January 2018

The game to beat.
Although the table numbers have increased significantly since my last visit years ago, the added "satellite" dining rooms are modern and charming, although I asked to be seated in the main dining room and our table was gracefully changed.
The food is stunning-we ordered a la carte.
The sturgeon with caviar is the best dish I have had in a long time, buttery and luxurious.
Relaxed service (although not as polished as before - the staff often bumping into each other - I think the staff to guest ratio should increase).
Confident advice from the resident wine expert.
Unmissable.

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Thank mirrorneurone
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Reviewed 7 January 2018

What an incredible experience! Our family of four (adult children) dined here in December 2017. We did the 6 course prix-fixe menu. We were seated at 8 pm and left the restaurant at 12 pm!! It was a feast in all ways imaginable. The food is beyond description - both in taste and in presentation. If you love food and a fine dining experience, Steirereck is not to be missed!

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Thank Jeanne K
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

Steirereck offers an unique experience in Michelin dining, bringing the best of Austrian cuisine traditions into high end cuisine. Having been for lunch in their old location we thought we'd try dinner this time in their new location. We had a superb tasting menu which spanned 4.5 hours , with the time flying by without notice. The start was an amuse bouche selection of different Austrian tastes, including a mini tafelspitz, traditional dumplings, and a tostada with guacamole, reflecting the time when Mexico was part of the empire. We were then greeted with the massive 25 type bread cart with lots of local Austrian breads and unique combinations- the twice baked sourdough, the dark rye, and the chili- chorizo breads were standouts. The first course was bitter salads mixed with beluga lentils, mussels, and flavored with chipotle and bergamot- a complex combination which blended nicely together. For the second course, we added on an extra course- the char cooked in beeswax before your eyes, and then prepared with a jelly of carrot and apple, a sour cream flavored with cayenne and lime and some caviar- a truly exceptional , must eat course. The third was a chervil root and fermented white asparagus, with truffle and a mushroom vinagriette and a chervil cream- pretty good overall. For the fish course, a local tench first with brown butter confit, string beans, some bacon cream and a sauce flavored with sour cream and ginger- the sauce complementing the fish nicely without overpowering it , and served with caramelized peanuts to give texture and savory notes. The next course was pheasant served with a peanut-mushroom cream , crispy skin and a pheasant gravy, juxtaposed with icicle radish with groundcherry sweet potato sauce and tangerine flavor. It was like two dishes in one, as the flavors were so different. This was followed by a truly superb wild hare flavored with taramind, served with mushrooms, a rich jus, and curly kale with a carrot cream sauce. Wonderful flavors all working together- enjoyed this so much i asked for a second one, which they arranged for me. The famous cheese cart followed, with endless choices. The attendant helped us through options across the multitude of possibilities. To finish a wonderful traditional cheese curd cake paired with grilled pumpkin with bitter orange, some kiwi and a pumpkin jus flavored with the traditional Stryian pumpkin seed oil - with elderberry ice cream as an accompaniment- great combination of fall flavors. The wine pairing was excellent with a primary focus on top Austrian whites, with a couple of interesting reds from France for the meat and cheese courses, including a great Macvin du Jura, and of course a great Austrian dessert wine to finish. Then as a final treat- a range of delicious Austrian traditional Christmas cookies for mignardises. Service was impeccable - friendly , playful at times to make the mood lighter - and easily accommodated both German and English speakers at the table. A truly excellent experience, reflecting the accolades they've received over the years and deserving of their Michelin stars. Worth every penny of a big splurge.

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Thank bjnomads
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Reviewed 2 January 2018

This restaurant is a must when in Vienna! The building to the food is Art! It was one of our best meals and service in Vienna. This is a white glove service and so unique. The bread cart and cheese cart are amazing! The food presentation, quality, and taste was exceptional. We would definitely recommend this restaurant and will be back again!

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