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Innsbruck for Connoisseurs

While the way to any city’s finest restaurants is clearly sign-posted with toques and stars, it is also worthwhile to keep an eye open for some other tasty options. In Innsbruck and its holiday villages you can explore some delightful niche restaurants who either score with unusual setting, unique location or a particular type of cuisine – or who have just recently begun to aim for toques and stars and a mention in forthcoming restaurant guides.

Located within Innsbruck’s historic old town the Dengg restaurant, bar and café is open for lunch and dinner. Its delicious down-to-earth cuisine with an international twist was awarded 12.5 points in the 2013 edition of the Gault Millau culinary guide and scored 60 points with Austrian gourmet magazine ‘À la Carte’. A sophisticated setting and pleasant ambience make the Dengg the ideal place to stop for an excellent meal while shopping, or for bringing a perfect day on the town to a pleasant close. Just opposite, in Seilergasse, a new addition to Innsbruck’s culinary scene has just recently opened its doors: At the Wilderin, Claudia Kogler and her team have made it their philosophy to use only high-quality, natural and locally sourced ingredients to create innovative and delicious dishes with international flair. Here fine dining is frequently accompanied by piano music and live ensembles.

And why not combine a visit to the FerdinandeumStateMuseumwith a culinary experience at the onsite, award-winning Kunstpause restaurant? Its fine local cuisine surprises the palate with exotic flavours from faraway lands, a delicious blend that scored 12.5 points in the 2013 edition of the Gault Millau as well as 60 points with ‘À la Carte’. Situated next to a passageway that joins Maria Theresien Street and Sparkassenplatz square is La Cantina, bringing a delicious breath of pure ‘Italianitá’ toInnsbruck’s restaurant scene. For lunch you get a choice of two dishes from the Venetian andPiedmont regions, tasting just like in ‘bella Italia’ with excellent ingredients and fresh herbs to give that special touch.

Also at Innsbruck’s holiday villages you’ll come across numerous culinary havens boasting favourable mentions in leading gourmet guides. Such as the Batzenhäusl in Igls, which garnered a favourable mention in the 2013 Gault Millau guide for its exceptional ‘Schlutzkrapfen’ (Tyrolean ravioli) and plaice fillet. With its cosy parlours pannelled with local pine wood, the Batzenhäusl represents quintessential Tyrolean tradition and hospitality. At the Mühle restaurant in the holiday village of Mutters, chef Tamer Kacar expresses his passion for food with inspired dishes of artistic design – a veritable pleasure for the eye as well as the palate. Here you are served surprisingly harmonious combinations such as crab meat and water melon, turbot with peas, cherries and a taste of rosemary, pike-perch fillet set on asparagus ragout, or medium-rare saddle of veal with chanterelles. The food critics of Gault Millau as well as À la Carte were also impressed with these creations, rating it in their 2013 editions with 12.5 and 60 points respectively.

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