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Kitzbühel weekend report

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Kitzbühel weekend report

vanderb | Mar 20, 2012 04:38 AM

Spent a long weekend in Kitzbühel recently, a couple of lunches on the ski hills and three dinners in town. Unfortunately I did not write down the names of the ski restaurants we went to so I've done my best based on the online (non-interactive) ski map to identify them.

Breakfast each day was at our hotel, Boutique Hotel Kitz Garni, the offerings were a little thin but the quality was excellent especially the selection of cold meats and cheeses each morning. In addition they had a signature "smoothie of the day" that everyone received a small sample of when they sat down.

Il Gusto (Obere Gänsbachgasse 5)
We wandered around town for a couple of hours soaking in the "gliterati" and après ski revelers, which was fun and pretty entertaining from the perspective of what passes for après ski wear these days.

Il Gusto looked like a modern, busy Italian place with some good looking pastas on the menu. My wife had the spinach gnocchi and I had the penne with wild boar. The gnocchi was quite good, not too dense with a good cheese based sauce to compliment the spinach. The boar sauce on the other hand was so heavily salted that I began to wonder if the sauce had been going "off" and they upped the salt content to mask it. I was not happy with this dish, but also did not send it back as I know some Italian dishes can be quite salt heavy.

The atmosphere here is good, feels like a family run place and I'm sure the patio in the summer is hoping, but I'm not sure I'd return.

Leo's Landhäusl (Obere Gänsbachgasse 8)
Directly across the street from Il Gusto was a very cute, tiny little restaurant (2 tables for 8 and a bar) that was an extension of the Landhäusl restaurant in the larger building next door. We had thought Leo's looked really inviting when looking in the windows after dinner the first night and decided we'd return th next night for some Austrian fare.

Unfortunately, and the only draw back, the place is smoking, so tiny and with such a low ceiling that it was very unpleasant when the large group of après skiers all decided to light up. The windows did help but people kept closing them because the fresh air was annoying!

As for the food, my wife ordered the largest and best käsespatzl she has ever had, it had a beautiful crispy cheese crust on top and was exceptionally tasty. I ordered a veal in sour cream sauce that was similar to a paprikash sauce in Hungarian cuisine... not a bad thing. I very much enjoyed this very large dish of tender veal chunks in the paprikash sauce, no complaints other than it was a lot of food.

This is a very lively place lots of people coming and going, shared tables and a very convivial atmosphere. Other than the smoking issue it was an ideal place for a post skiing meal.

Boutique Hotel Kitz Garni (Bichlnweg 44)
We had our last meal at the hotel because they were offering cheese fondue for two for dinner if reserved in advance, otherwise the hotel did not do dinner. I've only ever had homemade fondue so the opportunity seemed ripe to try a real Alpen variety.

It turned out to be an "all you can eat" affair, which is a dangerous thing when cheese is involved but we persevered through two portions of cheese and bread :-) The highlight of the dipping options was the boiled potato, I've had par-boiled veggies such as cauliflower and broccoli with fondue but never potato. It was a lot like the bread from a starch perspective but was really very good with the cheese.

This was a great dinner, very intimate as no one else chose to eat at the hotel that evening, and the service was very attentive without being hovering.

On to the ski lunches:

Restaurant #15, top of the C2 lift
A beautiful sunny patio outside drew us to the lodge at the top of the C2 chair and the food was not bad either. I had my first curry würst... I wasn't sure what to expect having had curried sausage at home before, so I was a bit surprised the curry was the sauce not the sausage, but it was great. I enjoyed this along with my potatoes to suck up the extra sauce and found it to be good hearty skiing fare. My SO also went with a würst but hers was the bacon wrapped variety. She enjoyed it but kept looking longingly at my curry sauce. Washed it all down with a nice lime flavoured Raddler, so much better than any of the Bud Light Lime crap that was popular back home a couple of summers ago (and might still be popular but I haven't been home in 2 years).

Restaurant #12 on the Pengelstein side of the 3S gondola
Day 2 of skiing was blanketed in thick cloud, high winds and snizzle; as a result we decided take the new 3S gondola from the Jochberg side to the Kitbuhel side and have lunch at the top of the gondola. The lodge was nice, but pretty pedestrian and the food on offer was lackluster. My wife had her own curry würst and did enjoy it but my "burger" had a bun that was close to petrified and the meat was so dry that no matter how much tartar sauce they slathered on, it wasn't going to help.

Fun times in Kitzbühel, hopefully we'll get back again in the not too distant future.

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