Austria: Food & Drink
Due to the distances that the once great Habsburg Empire stretched, the cuisine of present-day Austria has been shaped by the countries and regions it once controlled. Each region within Austria has its own specialities that make Austrian cuisine a true melting pot of tastes and styles. The country is known for its Viennese cuisine, made famous by its pastries and desserts.
Popular dishes include:
Tafelspitz: This dish contains beef boiled in a broth and is considered Austria’s national dish. It is traditionally served with apples, horseradish and chives sauce.
Liptauer: This is a spicy cheese spread that is served over a slice of bread.
Selchfleisch: This dish contains meat that has been smoked then cooked and served with sauerkraut and dumplings.
Wiener Schnitzel: One of Austria’s most famous dishes, it is a speciality of Viennese cuisine. Wiener Schnitzel is a very thin, breaded escalope of veal that is then deep fried.
Erdapfel Salat: Austrian potato salad that is marinated in vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. It is a favourite side dish for Wiener Schnitzel.
Sachertorte: This is a chocolate cake filled with apricot jam that is traditionally served with whipped cream.
Apfelstrudel: In English, this is Apple Strudel. It contains layers of thin pastry with apple filling, cinnamon and raisins.
In Viennese cafes, coffee is very popular and served in a variety of ways. It is usually served with a glass of water. Viennese hot chocolate is very rich, served with heavy cream. Almdudler is an Austrian soft drink with a flavour that is based on mountain herbs. Almdudler is considered Austria’s national drink. Eastern Austria serves as the nation’s wine country producing notable wines like Riesling and Veltliner. Austria offers a variety of beers with breweries located around the country. Popular brands include Stiegl, Ottakringer and Egger Bier.
Things to know:
In restaurants, a 10-15% service charge is usually included, however a further 5% is often left.
16 for beer and wine, 18 for spirits.
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