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July 2016, our lunch experiences
During our holiday in Austria in July 2016 my fiancé and I had lunch at Restaurant Sitzwohl, one of the best restaurants in Innsbruck. Since this was a gourmet tour it was a must try for us when visiting this beautiful city.
The restaurant is located in a classic building – it was a former school building – in the Old Town.
Sitzwohl is owned and operated by chefs Irmgard Sitzwohl and Elisabeth Geissler.
The ground floor includes the Geisslerei and a gourmet shop. There is also outdoor seating in summer.
The fine dining restaurant is located on the first floor. That was where we enjoyed our lunch. On the landing before reaching Sitzwohl was a panorama painting of the two chefs and one of the cook books on display.
The restaurant was very understated and had a bit of a Japanese feel. It had clean lines, muted colors and splashes of yellow, if felt calming and was beautiful.
We were warmly welcomed and brought to our table in the middle of the dining room, which was long and large. We liked the airy feel. The restaurant wasn’t very busy – there were a few other couples.
We ordered a large bottle of Acqua Panna and two cocktails, the Coconut Kiss and the Moskito. The menu was based on fusion cuisine – European with an Asian twist. There were some classic Austrian dishes on offer.
Our starters were San Daniele ham and caramelized watermelon with salt.
It was delicious and the sugar/salt combination created an umami flavor which was memorable.
The next course was trout “Rollmops” Asian style with Wasabi potato mash for me and sea bass with Italian bread salad and capers for him. The portions were generous and well executed. We liked the flavor combinations.
Our desserts were Marillen Palatschinken (apricot pancakes, an Austrian speciality) and the best of blueberry, consisting of a tart, mousse and sorbet. The desserts were lavish, large and beautiful at the same time.
With the desserts we had a cappuccino and a hot chocolate with whipped cream [schlag].
The bill was 135 Euro (ca. 144 USD).
The two members of staff were able to serve all guests attentive and in a timely and friendly manner.
We enjoyed our meal and would return again to this beautiful restaurant destination in Innsbruck.
Would we recommend this restaurant to a friend? YES!
Would we want to have lunch/dinner again in our future at this restaurant? YES!