Arrived at the Mondsee by pot luck after a day's drive through the Salzkammergut on the evening of Sept 21 --well, guided to the Seehotel Lackner by the 2008 Michelin but which was unjustly silent on the restaurant. We saw later that the Gault-Millau gave it a 14 (one toque/eine Haube). Beautiful Indian Summer evening inviting us to the large lakeside terrace, just a bit nippy so the large open fire in a corner was lit and made the silverware and Riedel crystal sparkle extra welcoming.
But the first that struck both of us was the informal professionalism of the staff, both hotel and restaurant, with everybody not just doing their assigned tasks but aware of the "overall picture"-- they knew WHY they were doing their tasks and how they merged. A rare thing!
The food was superb, we went for that day's specials picking them from various set menus --without even a blink by the waiter. Beef tartare from local Pinzgauer beef followed by pink-roasted veal filet (Kalbsrücken) on a bed of chanterelle risotto done to South Tirolean perfection, although the chef too is a local :-)
The sommelier very much knew his wines (the place has an extremely impressive Vinothek and a wine list to match.) We also know something about Austrian wines and readily agreed on a 2003 pinot noir by Paul Achs. Few people seem to know the quality of Austrian pinot noir, especially in the magical year of 2003 in the Burgenland, and we selfishly hope this will stay so as it keeps prices reasonable (this bottle, 60€ served).
After sharing a cheese platter and impeccable coffees, stroll under the stars on the restaurant's private patch of Mondsee lake shore. End of journey rating =8.5 on 10.
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