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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