While staying at the Rathaus Wine and Desing Hotel (Recommend Highly), we asked for a suggestion of a restaurant that would be a modern Austrian cuisine and which was frequented mostly by locals. And that's how we wound up at the Freyensteing, arriving there by tram which stops just 3 short blocks form their door.
It was mid-week, and fortunately we had a reservation as there was only our table left un-occupied. As it's one seating only, reservations are a must. We were warmly greeted by Eva who runs the front of the house, but speaks little English. But that was no problem at all as her warmth and eagerness to help overcame whatever language barrier there might have been. We put ourselves into the hands of the chef which turned out to have been absolutely the right thing to do with respect to both the food and the wine.
Simply put, the food is sublime. The chef infuses the plates with intense flavors which are based on herbs and spices. All the sauces are rich, thick and delicious. Most plates are served with either two complimentary items at the same time or one item prepared in two very different ways. A tour de force of cooking originality. By the way the chef has a cook-book, but available only in German..
The bill was far more than fair, in fact a bargain for what we received. And as had been promised by our hotel, I think we may well have been the only non-Austrians there. As we left, we told Eva how delighted we had been by the the total experience and she gave us a 1/2 bottle of wine as a parting gift.
PS..... on this trip we also ate at some 1 and 2-Star Michelin restaurants. The Freyenstein left us with the best memory of them all.
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