You’ll see stars! Two, in fact.
I feel terrible writing this review so late. We dined at Steirereck at the end of May and now it’s the end of July. I have to look at the cards they gave us with each dish just to remember what we had. I could start writing about how the flavors in all the dishes were fantastic, that the acids were in perfect harmony with the fats, about how the textures were varied and that there was a surprise flavor in almost all the dishes. Unfortunately, it was too long ago for me to remember. What I do remember is the impression the food left in me. An impression that I have had in only two other restaurants. This feeling of deep satisfaction with every bite. The care and love that went into every detail of everything I put in my mouth. The colors that were beautifully arranged. This is when cooking becomes a lot more than just cooking for the sake of eating. It becomes art. It was apparent that everything on my plate was deliberate and thought out. Every texture, every color, every temperature. It was an orchestra for all my senses. It was beautiful to see and to think about all the different processes that had to take place for that particular dish to arrive in front of me the way it did. Only people with great passion and enormous love for food can produce something like this. Thank you Steirereck for not only filling my belly but for showing me food from your perspective. This experience will stay with me forever.
Special thanks to the bread and cheese cart expert for telling us about all the different delicious things on offer. Also, do not miss the apple dessert wine with the cheese selection! It was the highlight of the evening for me. The wines piercing acidity renewed my palate after every bite of fatty delicious cheese, just to make the bite afterward as if it were my first again! Absolutely mind bending.
Yes, it’s expensive but who cares. You don’t go to a two-star restaurant for a bargain meal. While it’s nice if you feel full at the end of the night, for me, it’s also completely secondary to the experience I described above. What is important is that you go on a journey and discover things you might not have anywhere else. Don’t come here to feed only your body but your soul as well.
I’m not a fancy dresser. I love to look pretty, but I love to be comfortable even more. It’s not that easy to accomplish both. Steirereck was special. This was our anniversary dinner and the end scene of my diet period. I was waiting for it like a child for Santa Claus. (Yes, he exists. No, I don’t care.) I read the menu for 4938th time and I was super excited. I was impressed. I was expecting something fabulous but it was much better than I imagined. Tasting menus are always great but here… I loved every bite and sip. The little cards we got before every dish is a great concept. You could read a few facts about the food and the ingredients and you can keep the cards. For someone who has to write everything into her calendar to remember, I’m thankful for that. That’s how I can have the taste in my mouth of the roasted baby corn cream, the short rib or the apple wine…
It’s a shame that we waited so long to write this article. But the reason I can swear that it was amazing is the imprint it left. I remember the face of Yuzu. He was so happy. Beyond happy, he was euphoric! I remember the feeling I had at the end. When you have the impression that everything in the world is at the right place, you have a great life and you wouldn’ change this exact moment to anything right now. A piece of memory you put on the shelf of your brain that you can recall on a day when you need a bit of daydreaming.