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“A little bit of Austria in the Welsh mountains”
Review of The Austrian

The Austrian
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $32
Cuisines: Austrian, British
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Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
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35 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A little bit of Austria in the Welsh mountains”
Reviewed July 24, 2010

This is a delightful restaurant and, form the minute you walk in, you feel you have been transported to a little village in the Tyrol. The setting couldn't be better, the decor, food, service and little extra touches all make for a special evening that doesn't break the bank either.

A glass of Williams Birne Schnapps (not that dreadful Archer's Peach rubbish!) rounds off a superb meal, cooked by an excellent Austrian chef with many years experience.

I have spent considerable amounts of time in Austria and have always loved the cuisne and the wine. Try the Blaufraenkisch (red). It's a perfect accompaniment. Booking is pretty much essential as this little gem is very popular and they are not open every day of the week. It's worth the drive and it's worth every penny.

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Thank Ann-allegra
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A Hillside In Wales
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79 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
“Consistently great”
Reviewed August 24, 2008

For about 15 years my husband and I have travelled regularly, over 30 miles in each direction, to eat in The Austrian Restaurant, which is in a hillside village called Dwygyfylchi
(do-ee-ger-vul-ky if you need to ask for directions). It's about 3 miles out of Conwy, in the upper part of the village.

You can be brave and travel over The Sychnant Pass from Conwy, you'll be rewarded by lovely scenery all the way up and fantastic views as you drop down from the summit. This is North Wales, our passes are pretty, but not scary! Or, you can be a little less adventurous and start from Penmaenmawr but the views aren't as good.

Freddi, the chef, is Austrian he met his wife, Judith, who runs the restaurant, when she was working in Austria. Together they bring the true ambience of Austria to North Wales. I lived and worked in Austria for a while myself and return regularly so feel qualified to judge whether their offering provides a true taste of Austria – it does. The stone-walled restaurant is prettily decorated. The waitresses wear dirndls (Austrian regional costume) and the waiters also wear traditional Austrian garments.

There is a small bar area where you order and wait until your meal is ready, it’s clad with wood and really does make you think you could be in an Austrian Stube. The atmosphere is great. There is a collection of toys that I can never resist playing with, musical marmasets and a waddling cow, to name a few, – neither can most of the other adults who visit.

My description of the food is ‘Austrian Rustic’. To start the meal there is always one of Freddi’s delicious home-made soups and his goulasch soup plus about 4 other starters, a good range from which to choose.

For mains, as you would expect, Wiener Schnitzel (made from pork escallops, as it frequently is in Austria) is on the menu as well as its close cousin, Schnitzel Cordon Bleu (bit like Wiener Schnitzel but with ham and cheese sandwiched between two, ultra-thin layers of pork). There are other Austrian specialities so you can choose from beef, pork and lamb as well as poultry and fish and there is always a vegetarian dish.

The veg served with the meal is ‘different’, herbed potatoes, wonderfully tasty creamed carrots and peas plus other items. I’ve never had a disappointing meal there. Portions are substantial and I rarely have room for a dessert but there is an extensive ice-cream menu plus hot and cold desserts for those with a sweet tooth.

Sunday lunch is very reasonable – and often booked out. I would never go without making a reservation, either in the evening or for Sunday lunch.

I love this place, not at all pretentious, excellent food, great service and lovely surroundings – it ticks all the boxes for me.

2 Thank groeslongirl
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