I love Austrian food, I really do, but like their German neighbours they like to eat a lot of meat, particularly pork. Actually I shouldn’t really pick on these two countries, Europeans in general seem to love their meat products and while I don’t have a problem with that (honestly!) it’s not something I include in my diet too often. So I was a little worried when I was invited to stay at Kaysers Resort, a traditional style Austrian hotel located in the town of Mieming, which includes half board. How was I going eat meat free with a limited menu?
At the time, I didn’t realise they have a vegetarian menu. I should have just asked them, I don’t know why I didn’t. I guess I just didn’t want to make a fuss and the regular menu had a few fish options so I just went for that.
The seafood first course was followed by a dumpling soup which I tried on a number of occasions on my trip around Austria. This was much lighter than some of the other versions I tried which was a big plus for me. This kind of soup sometimes has meat in the broth so you might want to ask if that’s a concern.
For the main I chose the curry fish with rice. The mango sauce was quite sweet but I liked it. It was very light for a main but that’s a good thing when you’re having a multiple course meal.
One of my dinner companions chose the duck main course which I’m told was delicious.
Dessert was panna cotta with berry sauce and ice cream. This was a universal hit.
It was so nice to have an Austrian meal which, while traditional in some respects, presented a more unique perspective compared to other restaurants in Mieming and the rest of the Tirol region.
Although I left the hotel at some ridiculous hour to hike up a mountain and see the sun rise, the hotel prepared a little takeaway breakfast for us which was very kind. I would have liked to have stuck around for the breakfast to sample the local produce and their little bio corner but there is always next time.
From a travellers perspective, I’m not sure how I feel about all inclusive resorts but if I was just looking to spend a few days in the mountains being pampered and eating fresh, regional produce then this would be hard to turn down.