They are awaited with bated breath every year: the verdict of gourmet bibles A la Carte and Gault & Millau. Which chefs have managed to maintain the standard or even expanded their skill sets? And which exciting restaurants have climbed up or are newcomers to the tables? Where should we book a table for this weekend? The jury has passed its judgement.
According to A la Carte:
Austrian high-end gastronomy can hold its head up high: the gourmet guide has listed some 19 5-star restaurants. The crème de la crème remains unchallenged. With 99 points each, A la Carte has selected the top three is the same as last year: Döllerer’s gourmet restaurant in Golling, the Steirereck in Vienna and Simon Taxacher’s restaurant in Kirchberg in Tyrol.
The Steirereck; Silvio Nickol’s gourmet restaurant at Palais Coburg (98 points); and Konstantin Filippou’s eponymous restaurant, which was awarded 97 points while his bistro O boufés was one of the most interesting newcomers with 75 points. Roland Huber cooked up 95 points at Le Ciel by Toni Mörwald; Michael Feierabend at Bauer is a highlight (93 points), as is Markus Mraz at Mraz & Sohn. And with 86 points, Takumi Murase’s Japanese creations at Shiki make it the most noteworthy newcomer.
Top climbers in Vienna:
Alexander Kristen, At Eight (climbing from 66 to 76); Thomas Schreiner, Schreiners Essen und Wohnen (from 62 to 72); Daniel Schöfisch, The Bank at Park Hyatt Vienna (from 71 to 80); Manfred Stockner, Livingstone (from 61 to 70).
Gault & Millau’s verdict:
Like A la Carte, Gault & Millau awarded 19 out of 20 points – or four toques – to the Steirereck and Simon Taxacher. Unlike A la Carte, however, Gault & Millau rounded off their top trio with Karl and Rudolf Obauer from the Obauer Restaurant in Werfen, Salzburg.
Among the top climbers in Vienna, Gault & Millau lists Das Loft and Unkai (16 points each) as well as the Mercado (15). For the first time ever, they also chose a patissier of the year: Thomas Scheibelhofer from the Tian restaurant.