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Salzburg – Austria – where to eat / best restaurant: Gasthaus Zum Wilder Mann

On a recent trip to the baroque city of Salzburg (Austria) not only did we enjoy walking around a historical center which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 and take in scenic Alpine surroundings – we also got to try some authentic Austrian cuisine. We were only there for a couple of days as our one week tour of Austria took us to the three main capitals, Slazburg, Graz and Vienna, but if you are going to Salzburg, there is one restaurant that we would recommend you visit Gasthaus Zum Wilder Mann.

Tucked away off one of the main streets Gasthaus Zum Wilder Mann is intimately sized with no more than 10 or so tables. Dark brown wooden beams and protruding antlers give the warmth and homely comfort of a hunters cabin and we had arrived after a down pour of rain, so felt instantly welcomed into the restaurant.

Men wearing traditional Bavarian lederhosen served us Bauernschmaus mil Knödel and Sauerkraut (Roast port, rolled hot ham, sausage, dumplings, potatoes and sauerkraut) and Gulasch mit Knödel (Goulash (stewed beef) and dumplings). Both came in a healthy portion size with a huge dumpling lavished in thick meaty sauces (no doubt a secret recipe passed down through the generations). Although stuffed we could not resist sharing a pudding Mohr im Hemd mit einer Kugel Vanilleeis (Nutcake with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream) which was delicious. We washed it down with a light 0,5l Stiegl ,,Paracelsus-Zwickl” unfiltiertes Kellerbier, and a dark 0,5l König Ludwig, dunkles Marzenbier aus der Flasche Austrian beer.

The total bill came to EUR 42,20 – an absolute bargain! We would have ventured back, had the rest of our adventure not been ahead of us.

Some other useful notes if you are off to Salzburg: 

  • Barenwirt: We ate here too, the food was also good but the menu is limited and it is much more expensive.
  • Fustung Hohensalzburg (Fortress): visit the Fortress, it has beautiful city views and a tour explaining the history of Salzburg is included within the ticket.
  • Salzwelten (Salt Mines) in Hallein: Hallein is only 20 minutes from Salzburg train station and you can buy a package ticket that includes your train to Hallein, a bus to the Salt Mine, the Salt Mine entry and the Celtic Museum entry. The Salt Mines are really interesting and have wooden slides in them.
  • Arte Vida: if you are after a place to stay we recommend Arte Vide. The owner Reinhold is friendly and helpful, and has created a calm boutique Moroccan themed guesthouse with spacious bedrooms and lovely communal areas.

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Restaurant Review: Vapiano – Italian Fast Food

Today I have had the absolutely refreshing pleasure of experiencing the highest quality ‘fast food’ that I have ever tasted! I happened to be working around London Bridge and as my colleague and I were walking to our meeting she caught site of a Vapiano. I had never heard of the restaurant before, but the morning’s conversation seemed gripped by Vapianos and how amazing she thought it was. It seemed our lunch venue had been decided on!

On entering the restaurant we were given a chip card as we were directed to order from an L shaped self-service food station offering fresh made-to-order hand tossed pizza, pasta or salad. I decided I fancied Pasta “Gruppo A – Pesto” (£6.75). From the outside you may be deceived into thinking that you are entering a very expensive restaurant, but this is not the case. The prices are really reasonable and the best part is, that like its exterior appearance, the menu selection, décor, furniture, toilets and staff are all top notch! At the pasta station a very friendly lady asked me for my preferred pasta type, if I wanted garlic, chili and cheese and how much of each I would like. She then boiled the pasta, fried the chosen ingredients and created my individual dish as I waited. Within a few minutes I had a very generous bowl of pasta, garnished with basil, parmesan and a baby tomato. To my delight the pesto was fresh, homemade and authentic. I have eaten pesto from Genova in Northern Italy where it was created and this was on par!

So I have done some research. Vapiano describes itself as a “fast casual restaurant with a twist”. This fresh concept has been implemented in more that 70 worldwide locations with another 100 in development in the United States, Europe and the Middle East – please make more in London! Whenever I am out and about and in need of some fast, tasty, healthy, yummy lunch, I will be on the look out for a Vapiano! It’s name made me giggle too as Vapiano literally translates as ‘go slowly’ – maybe the Italians are trying to tell us Brits to enjoy a proper lunch break and I can only but endorse proper lunch breaks!