Restaurant Check - Landhaus Bacher, Wachau
After a long time without blogging, I am back from many different culinary experiences throughout Austria. As reported in previous posts, I was testing four of Austria's most famous and best rated restaurants.
Last weekend I've been to the wonderful area of Lower Austria, excately in the wine region Wachau. I stayed at the Steigenberger Hotel Krems, referred as the best hotel of Krems, I did experience some awkward issues.
To be honest, this hotel is modern and definitely one of the Top 5 places to stay in Lower Austria, but I did not like the way this hotel is leaded: I had ants in the first room (but the women at the front desk gave me a new one), there was no staff member in the spa, towels are hidden behind loungers in the relaxation room, breakfast was hectic and very crowded, and the elevators and hallways are too old-fashioned!
Steigenberger Hotel Krems - Double Room Standard
Maybe I will try the Loisium Hotel in nearby Langenlois, about 10 minutes north-east of Krems. They have large, bright and airy rooms designed by Steven Holl. The only thing is that they are a bit more expensive and therfore too expensive for just an overnight-stay, also because their spa is way larger and it is an Aveda branded Spa.
Nonetheless, the main reason for my trip was to visit some good wineries and of course to dine at the Michelin-starred Landhaus Bacher in Mautern an der Donau, owned by the Bacher-Wagner family.
The restaurant is wonderfully decorated with a Mediterranean touch, paired with fine tableware and a picture perfect garden in the middle of the village. Completely unexpected: the extraordinary and absolutely top-attentive service, leaded by the best Maitre - Mrs Johanna Stiefelbauer - and the two daughters of Mrs Lisl Wagner-Bacher.
Not only was the service fantastic, also the food of course! Due to the fact that I had ordered the Nespresso Gourmet Menu (via telephone, a few days in advance), I got a set menu at a reduced price, which is quite a good deal if you want to get to know some restaurants, you have never been before. So this seems to me like a strategic marketing promotion.
Although the prices are upscale, as usual for such category of restaurant, I would definitely go there again as soon as I am back in the Wachau region!
Amuse Bouche: Horseradish with beetroot and a pudding of creamcheese
First course: a soup of leek with an one-hour egg
Second course: Boiled fillet beef with spinach
Main course: Breast of guinea fowl with vegetables and gratinated rigatoni
Dessert: Parfait of chocolate (three ways) with milk ice and peaches
Small chocolat cakes served with the coffee
Wonderful garden in front of the restaurant
Steigenberger Hotel Krems - Indoor Pool
Steigenberger Hotel Krems - Outdoor Panorama terrace