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Five of the finest restaurants in Austria


Austria’s world-class restaurants excel at combining international influences with the country’s own culinary heritage. Verity Hogan recommends some of the best

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Aiola City, Graz
With its thoroughly modern menu and décor, Aiola City is in stark contrast to its surroundings in the heart of Graz’s old town. This popular restaurant combines cutting-edge design with comfortable fixtures and fittings to achieve a warm and welcoming dining space. Its casual atmosphere has helped it to become a popular meeting place for friends catching up over a cup of coffee or glass of Prosecco, while the main restaurant menu is filled with international dishes that work especially well with the rich house red wine.

Aiola City, Mehlplatz 1, 8010 Graz, +43 (0)31 689 0335

Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood, Salzburg
Finger food is not often described as gourmet cuisine but at Carpe Diem light bites have been transformed into luxury fare that appeals to food connoisseurs and casual diners alike. Cones are the signature dish, small enough to mix and match but large enough to be filled with an array of foods; roasted asparagus stems, beef tartare and mashed potato and a hamburger and fries are all popular fillings. The dining room has similarly refined style; with only 100 seats, it has an intimate feel, while the dark wood furnishings and peaceful ambience are warm and welcoming.
Carpe Diem Finest Fingerfood, Getreidegasse 50, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 848800

Hollmann Salon, Vienna
Hollmann Salon produces health-conscious cuisine, making use of organic, locally sourced ingredients that ensure each dish is ethical and delicious. Every effort is made to ensure every meal on the menu adheres to these principles; meat is sourced from small farms in southern Austria, vegetables bought from local markets and deep fat fryers and microwaves are banned from the kitchen. Chef Robert Hollmann’s well-edited menu ranges from traditional favourites such as rib eye steak with home-made French fries and béarnaise sauce to more experimental dishes including an elderflower panna cotta dessert served with a strawberry, asparagus and verbena salad.

Hollmann Salon, Grashofgasse 3, 1010 Vienna, +43 (0)1 9611 96040

Kim Kocht, Vienna
South Korean cook Kim Kocht creates fusion cuisine that uses the best of Asian and Austrian gastronomy to create something distinctive and delicious. Her restaurant has a homely atmosphere, with diners treated more like family friends than paying customers, while her home-cooked dishes are deceptively simple; delicately spiced lamb skewers with orange couscous and fish and aubergine lasagne are two typical offerings. The dining room is effortlessly chic, combining natural materials and rich wood panelling with clean lines and sleek marble tables – perfect for offsetting the vibrant colours of the food.

Kim Kocht, Lustkandlgasse 4, 1090 Vienna, +43 (0)1 319 0242

Riedenburg, Salzburg
This cosy local restaurant combines typical Austrian cuisine with flavours and techniques from a range of different international cuisines to create a diverse and engaging menu. Chef Martin Pichler is known for his ability to balance flavours, while the combination of fresh ingredients, fine wines and high standards of service set the restaurant apart from the competition. Its wine cellar is exceptional, offering 350 different vintages from Styrian classic reds to New World sparkling whites, while dishes such as guinea fowl stuffed with spinach and roasted cauliflower and burnt caramel ice cream are sure to excite the palate.

Riedenburg, Neutorstrasse 31, 5020 Salzburg, +43 (0)662 830815

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