Austria: Food Guide - Dining Out
Austrian food is not fussy. Rich, well-flavoured meat dishes, with a hearty helping of potato, are combinations to be found on most Austrian menus. Taking inspiration from a number of Eastern European countries, including Czech Republic, Hungary and Germany, you’ll find stews, dumplings and, of course, a good few wursts (sausages), wherever you go. Pork and veal are favourites, with Wiener Schnizel (veal in batter) considered the archetypal Austrian dish. You may often find the hearty helping of potato has been replaced with a hearty helping of pasta; Italy borders Austria to the south and there are a variety of Italian culinary influences that have crept in. Austrian pastries are also world-renowned for being sweet and fluffy, and their desserts come in the form of the chocolate/jammy deliciousness of a Sacher Torte or that traditional favourite, Apfel Strudel. And – because you’re on your hols – Austria is the best place to sample some local brew; there are over 60 breweries, so you’re bound to find good local beer and lager.
Eating out on a budget in Austria is relatively easy to do; with so many privately owned guesthouses, you may end up finding a gem of a restaurant in a sleepy little mountain town. A meal for two at a ‘gasthof’, which is similar to a British country pub, is likely to cost you around 40 Euros, including alcohol.
All the large resorts have a wide selection of restaurants that range from budget, to fine dining. The big cities equally have a good selection of restaurants, with Vienna especially popular for having something to suit everyone’s price range. You’ll find it a little more tricky to find a low budget meal in Salzburg; this is a supreme city of culture and *apparently* boasts the most Michelin torque chefs per capita. Accordingly, fine dining is everywhere in Salzburg, but the high-end prices will tend to match.