Gourmets will find excellent restaurants in all regions – from Gault&Millau-awarded establishments and wine taverns to Kulinarium Steiermark businesses. What's more, in the green heart of Austria, you cannot only enjoy an excellent dining experience but also a sustainable one. Regional and seasonal ingredients are used in the majority of Styrian dishes.
Going by the ten rules of enjoyment, 158 Kulinarium Steiermark businesses serve culinary delights of a special kind. The chefs see themselves as ambassadors of good taste and have committed themselves to seasonal cuisine. Routine can hardly be found in Styrian cooking. Time and again, newly interpreted creations are mixed in with traditional dishes with which Styrians once again prove their innovative spirit and expand the culinary horizons of their guests.
Good to know: Kulinarium Steiermark establishments work closely with regional farmers and producers from their immediate vicinity. This benefits not only the local "culinary craftsmen", but also their guests.
At the wine taverns that carry the "Ausgezeichneter Buschenschank" ("Excellent Wine Tavern") seal of quality, one thing is guaranteed: They only serve what they produce themselves or buy from a nearby farm. And their offers are certainly very enticing: Exquisite wines are served alongside traditional specialities such as delicious cold cuts, fresh fish from the waters of Styria as well as Austrian cheeses and home-pressed fruit juices.
Martina and Karl Hohenlohe, editors of the Gault&Millau Restaurant Guide Austria, describe Styria as a "promised federal state". In the toque-awarded restaurants, gourmets enjoy classic, exotic or experimental dishes of high quality. The toques are not awarded based on cooking style. Instead, freshness, seasonality and the harmonious taste of the culinary creations play a major role.
The fertile soil in the green heart of Austria makes way for a variety of unmistakable taste experiences. Apple, pumpkin and grapes are used to create delicacies that add a touch of Styria to every dish. Numerous culinary experiences invite gourmets to take a look behind the scenes and follow the products' journeys from produce to tasty ingredient or dish.