We had a marvelous journey (quite wonderful hotels, museums, sight-seeing, etc) which we expected, but the food was far better than our expectations. Sturmi's recommendations for Vienna resulted in two memorable meals. Our Sunday lunch at Meierei was memorable for both the food and the location. We had a beautiful day and eating on the lovely terrace was perfect punctuation to the pleasures of Vienna on a sunny Sunday. The cheese platter was a treat equal to or better than any I've had in France and could go head to head with the best. If we were staying longer I believe we would have returned here for lunch every day.
Our dinner at Konstantin Fillippou did not disappoint: innovative, generous food in a lovely room with service to match. We felt the kitchen here was engaged in youthful exuberance matched with classic finesse in a really good way.
In Salzburg, in addition to happily shopping in the marvelous Thursday Farmer's Market for our picnic bread, cheese, meat and fruit, we had perhaps the best meal of the trip at Esszimmer. Like Konstantin Fillippou, this kitchen is putting forth signature food that seems both fresh and refined and represents the best of the excellent local products of this area. The room is lovely, the terrace a charming place to eat, and the service was warm and attentive. Truly a lovely evening. And for those of you who are breakfast lovers, if you stay at the Hotel Augsperg, you will find a first rate breakfast that includes not only memorable homemade breads but the best bundt cake I've ever had. Indeed, the only complaint that breakfast at the Augsperg generates is the unfortunate reality that food contains calories. Lots of good and innovative cooking happening in Austria these days. We knew the music and the museums would be delicious but now we know the food is a match.