On the Saturday night after we had just spent three days moving into our first home together we were pretty exhausted and in no mood to cook. We also could not find our kitchen underneath all of the boxes, and so I was excited to try out somewhere new in the area and whilst driving through Lochau Gasthaus Messmer caught our eye.
My initial thought when walking in the door was how instantly at home I felt. It was warm and inviting and they have an array of different rooms for all occasions like the wine cellar, cigar lounge, and winter garden.
They pride themselves on serving up Austrian cuisine with an emphasis on high quality basic ingredients, obtained specifically from suppliers and producers in the Bodensee region, in order to showcase the beauty and diversity of the area. Their menu of good honest, traditional food will excite and delight with its modern twists and inventive dishes.
The menu changes with the seasons, as well as having daily recommendations to choose from for starters, mains and dessert.
Some examples of menu items include:
- Traditional Wiener Schnitzel or Zwiebelrostbraten
- Zander fillet on sweet potato purée with spicy lemon grass foam and spring onions
- Vegan root vegetable goulash with sweet potatoes and smoked tofu
- Schlutzkrapfen (Tirol ravioli dumplings) with spinach filling served with nut butter, chives and matured Bregenzerwald cheese
- White chocolate mousse tart with passion fruit, served with marinated Thai mango ice cream and homemade sour cream
We managed to get a prime spot in their dining room facing a pretty inviting display of gins from Egon Brunner in Lustenau that you can happily sample throughout your evening. Unfortunately, I was the designated driver for the night. However, I did get to try one glass of wine which was a bio wine from one of their many Austrian suppliers and they are more than happy to set up a wine tasting in their wine cellar for you.
The service was so friendly, and as soon as I had spoken with the waiter he recognised that I was not from the area (even with my improved German, I still stick out like a sore thumb) and tried straight away to chat with me in English.
I ordered their special of fillet steak, served with seasonal vegetables, cooked just to my liking with still a crunch to them, and finished with a side that I have never heard of, let alone tried before- nut gnocchi. These were large fluffy gnocchi with a nut crumb and filled with a smooth nut filling and they were amazing. I could not believe I had never been introduced to these before.
Roger enjoyed pork in a truffle cream sauce with spätzle and vegetables, a truely indulgent Austrian plate of food and rightly so, his plate was left with no speck of food remaining.
I’ll admit that I really wanted to try one of their desserts, however with the wedding day looming ever closer, the reality of having to look good in a dress took over and my will power held strong. There will always be next time.
Our visit was only a quick stop for dinner, however this cosy traditional tavern left a lasting impression, and I can’t wait to go back and eat their gnocchi again, sample the gin, more of their wine and definitely order dessert. 🙂