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Best meal of my European trip by far! (LONG)

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Best meal of my European trip by far! (LONG)

Jeff Rose | Jun 18, 2002 01:30 PM

I just returned from three weeks in Europe. 16 days of it was on a Rick Steves' tour of Germany, Switzerland & Austria. The rest of the tour I was on my own time in Amsterdam.

The absolute best meal of the entire trip was had in Salzburg, Austria. The name of the restaurant is St. Stephan's and it has been a restaurant since 803! It is next to the beautiful St. Stephan's church and is still run by the brotherhood.

On to the meal - actually a lunch:
Started with a great cup of Illy coffee - the best coffee of the trip, with a nice crema on top. Next was a cream of asparagus and parsley soup that was awesome - perfect creamy consistency with large chunks of both white and green asparagus. The main dish was roast pork. Three large slices of roast pork that was seasoned with fennel seeds. The meat was perfectly tender and moist with just the right amount of fat. The meat was served in the cast iron dish it was cooked in - this was crucial because all of the natural juices were there to spoon over. Accompanying the meat was some excellent sauerkraut that had been cooked with bacon and was only lightly acidic, and a ball of stuffing. On its own the stuffing was a little dry, but when I spooned the pan juices over it the taste was something else! I kept thinking that this meal would be great on Thanksgiving. Desert was a Toblerone parfait surrounded by strawberries that had been soaked in liquer and shreds of fresh mint.

The price for the whole meal (including a bottled mineral water) was 27 Euros. I was happy to pay this and would heartily recommend the restaurant to anyone in the area.

Also, I found the city of Salzburg itself to be the most enjoyable city of the tour......

JEFF

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