With Valentines Day approaching there is no escaping the relentless adverts for romantic gifts and mounting pressure to declare your love with flowers and chocolates. Going out for a romantic meal is also usually on the cards, however, knowing where to go to enjoy a meal that is just that little bit more special is handy at any time of year. So here is my gourmet recommendations for around Vorarlberg.
With the owner and chef’s objective being to ensure he offers you an exceptional experience, you cannot really ask for more. Along with fantastic service, you will experience amazingly creative and unique dishes (from red thai curry with monkfish, to ox fillet steak) served in a relaxed environment, either inside in the restaurant, or as the weather heats up in their garden lounge, and let’s face it, any restaurant where you are greeted by a wall of wine gets my tick of approval.
This family run restaurant specialises in traditional recipes, but utilises modern cooking methods, showcasing hearty Austrian cuisine in a modern lighter form. They have either a set or standard menu allowing you to sample until your hearts content or focus on one special dish, the choice is yours. The restaurant is broken up into various different rooms keeping the atmosphere intimate and cozy.
Lech has an array of great restaurants to choose from but here at Fux you actually have a choice of cuisines, as it is separated into two restaurants, Asian fusion or steakhouse. Along with a wine shop your every need is catered for. They even have a private dining room for that extra special event where you will be served a gourmet six course meal in front of the fireplace.
It may not exactly be in Vorarlberg, but its just a short hop over the border, so one to consider. This is fine dining for gourmet lovers, with a focus on fish, crayfish and meat. They even host a crayfish night, if that tickles your fancy. You could be fooled into thinking this was just another Gasthaus by the looks of the exterior, but looks can be deceiving. The restaurant is split into three elegantly styled rooms, offering both ambiance and high quality food, as well as a famous (and award winning) German chef, Anton Lanz .
Since 1902 Gasthaus Adler in Hohenems has been a real family affair when Martin Dörler, the great-grandfather of today’s boss, acquired the Gasthaus. Since 1995 they have really turned their attention to their culinary offerings.
Today, Martin Griesser is at the helm of the kitchen and not only does he prepare delicious dishes, including both traditional Austrian and international inspirations, but he also has a love of wine which I very much appreciate. They are very keen on showcasing the best wines from Austria, with more than half of their wines coming out of Austrian winemakers and the rest from within Europe. They also have a wine cellar that dreams are made of and a wine list boasting about 200 different wines.
This hotel is over 250 years old, however your experience here will be anything but old fashioned. Whether you choose to visit for dinner or stay for the weekend, you are sure to be in for a treat. In beautiful surroundings you can enjoy their Gault Millau award-winning cuisine (89 points in the Falstaff 2014) which focuses on Austrian cuisine and wines from the wine cellar of Franz Fetz. Their gourmet menu changes daily highlighting regional delicacies.
Hotel Post- Irma restaurant
If rest and relaxation, paired with amazing food sounds like a match made in heaven then a visit to this Spa and Wellness Hotel is a must.
The restaurant Irma has been recognised with 2 Gault Millau toques. Their ingredients are home-grown, organic, and fresh, taking pride in selecting the best seasonal produce from around the region, whilst maintaining an unpretentious à la carte menu. Offering over 450 different wines, I would definitely have to book a room, and to top it off they even have a dedicated “wine master” (now I know my next job title if I ever want a career change).