100 Gourmet Points for Vienna
Just one additional point can cause a sensation: for the first time, the Steirereck restaurant has been awarded the highest number of points by the Falstaff gourmet community. 100 points, that’s a milestone in Austrian gastronomy. And long overdue, bearing in mind that Heinz Reitbauer’s gourmet temple in Vienna’s Stadtpark has long been considered one of the world’s best restaurants. In the Falstaff ranking for Vienna, the Steirereck is followed by Silvio Nickol with 98 points (Palais Coburg) and Konstantin Filippou (95 points).
Franz Messeritsch from Le Ciel restaurant is Sommelier of the Year. The Pfarrwirt at Pfarrplatz 5, the Steirerstöckl and the Dots im Brunnerhof stood out as the most child-friendly restaurants in the capital.
Highlights from the provinces
In the provinces, the Döllerer (Salzburg), the Landhaus Bacher (Lower Austria) and Obauer (Salzburg) – with 99 points each – are hot on the heels of Heinz Reitbauer. He can certainly tell his colleagues a thing or two about how long it’s likely to take them to cook up that last point.
In Styria, self-taught chef Tom Riederer has climbed his way to the top spot with his T.O.M. Pfarrhof. Joschi Walch was singled out as the most innovative gastronome for his Rote Wand Schualhus in Zug (Vorarlberg), where toque-winning chef Manuel Grabner works his magic. Also in Vorarlberg, Thorsten Probost won first place with the Griggeler Stuba while in Burgenland Max Stiegl’s uncompromising and innovative nose-to-tail philosophy managed to beat Alain Weissgerber’s Taubenkobel to the top place on the podium – a position the latter had managed to defend for decades.
1,645 restaurants in Austria were in the competition, which was judged by 16,000 Falstaff gourmet club members. You can read the result of 240,000 submitted critiques in the Falstaff Restaurantguide 2016 (in German).