...and, well worth the little bit of effort it takes to find the place --
Madam and I had heard and read good things about the Muhlsteinstube, and thus made an advance booking for lunchtime on a sunny and chilly Sunday. After a short drive down from Gumpoldskirchen we left the A-route at Leobersdorf, and followed our gps directions to... the wrong place. However, a quick search revealed that the right location was just a half-kilometer or so further down the road; cross a narrow bridge from Leobersdorf into Dornau and there you are.
The restaurant is in a massive old estate farm building, a really dignified two-story stone structure with a big gateway and inner courtyard that also houses a number of artists' studios. Head into the courtyard a few steps, look to your left, and you've found Muhlsteinstube.
And you'll be very glad you did. Our welcome was warm, in the midst of a busy Sunday lunchtime; we were shown in to our table, in the old bakery area of the estate (the gateway and main buildings of which are just a little further along the road), and we were in business. Madame ordered the Blue Trout (Forelle am blau) she'd been looking forward to having -- it's one of her long-standing favorites -- and I ordered golden trout. The fish arrived quickly, and was absolutely first-rate: as fresh as fresh can be, and expertly cooked with a light hand, to great effect. (I believe that a goodly portion of the fish they serve is caught right on the adjoining estate.) Soup of the day (cream of leek), ratatouille, and several glasses of an excellent (and very nicely priced) Gruner Veltliner rounded out the main event, and all was delicious. Dessert came in the form of a cream slice (Cremeschnitte) for each of us; like the many Sunday diners around us, we were delighted.
Parking is either alongside the road or in the courtyard, and is easy either way. Prices are moderate for the extremely high quality dining that is on offer. I believe that all transactions are cash only, so you might want to stop by your local Geltautomat on the way...
We left feeling charmed and very well-fed; with any luck, we'll be back.
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