Enjoy Michelin star Austrian treats at The Post Stuben in Gasthof Post, Lech
By LAURA TOOGOOD
During our recent visit to Oberlech for a travel feature that explored this chic skiing destination, we ventured down from the mountains one evening to sample the culinary delights at the Gasthof Post.
This Relais & Châteaux property is known as one of the most exclusive destinations in the village of Lech. The ski resort is a magnet for high-profile individuals and members of the European royal families and the Gasthof Post regularly attracts such clientele to its fine-dining restaurant.
As with most of the properties in Lech, the Gasthof Post has been family owned for many years and focuses on providing a traditional Austrian experience. The building is situated on the main street in Lech and its striking façade commands your attention and is framed by atmospheric lights.
The wooden, chalet-style décor has the theme of a hunting lodge, with an array of antlers decorating The Post Stuben restaurant. This is the property’s most famous dining area and it is the gourmet restaurant of the “Post”. The cuisine has been awarded a Michelin star and two Gault Millau toques, with Chef Michael Spirk presenting a wide variety of food to explore.
The Gourmet Menu is popular with groups of friends wanting to spend an entire evening tucked away from the outside world in The Post Stuben or for couples that are celebrating a special occasion. Dishes include Duroc pork with bacon and beans, ‘Beeswax’ potatoes with trout caviar and saddle of venison. A cheeseboard and desserts conclude the experience.
During our visit, we opted to chose from the A la Carte menu. Shortly after we were seated, a bowl of truffle popcorn arrived and the scent of the truffles filled the entire dining area, much to everyone’s delight. Despite Austria being a landlocked country, I couldn’t resist the expertly cooked scallops, which were presented with peas and rice. Meanwhile, my guest enjoyed crispy egg yolk with spinach and another serving of truffle.
I found the truffle far too alluring and decided to opt for the vegetarian main, in order to get a second dose of this delicacy. This was presented with leek and celery, but I have to admit that I was slightly envious of my guest’s traditional choice of Veal escalope “Vienna style” with parsley potatoes, which looked – and I am told – tasted wonderful.
To complete our experience, we shared a dessert. The portions were substantial and by this time I was feeling rather full. However, there was certainly still space when the ‘Omesberg in the snow’ arrived. This sweet was served as a surprise and the waitress took great pleasure in revealing an ice cream presentation before grating coconut ‘snow’ over the top of it to replicate the views outside.
The special dessert actually says a lot about this dining destination and the effort made by the family run hotel to make your dining experience unique. The waitresses really enjoy introducing guests to local cuisine, wine and also the expert style of its Michelin star dishes. For those visiting the skiing village of Lech, or staying up in the area of Oberlech, The Post Stuben is well worth a visit during your trip.
Find out more about the restaurant at www.postlech.com and book your table by calling +43-5583-22 06-0