A Triumph & A Culinary Delight!
This traveler has little to say about the facilities of Gasthof Zauner, as frankly the food is too sumptuous to matter!
If you are looking for a local, highly recommended, and authentic Austrian dining experience while in Hallstatt, or any other known part of the world, then look no further.
As the name would indicate, Zauner is more than a restaurant and is also a delightful Inn with a number of rooms available for stay. Whether you decide to entrust your meal or your accommodation to the care of the Zauner family, you are likely in for a treat.
Gasthof Zauner has served up hospitality for over one-hundred years, so as you might imagine, they know a thing or two about great service.
The character of this place greets you at the door, with servers wearing traditional Bavarian attire, directing you to any number of linen covered tables lacking pretense and especially at home under ivy laden, rustic wood ceiling beams.
Loosen your belt, position your napkin, and prepare for a feast fit for a Salt Lord! If ever there were a gift from the god's to the children of men, the joy of dining and sharing with friends a meal lovingly prepared, is just such a gift.
If this be the case, then Gasthof Zauner has been set aside as a veritable culinary house of delights and temple for all those on the way toward a good meal.
Those skeptical of what is said here, prepare to be amazed, for one fork full of succulent grilled fish, prepared a la Zauner, will be sufficient to send your taste buds into jubilation and awe!
This travelers first encounter with otherworldly seafood, took place on the shaded, second floor balcony of Gasthof Zauner's restaurant, with a slight view of Hallstatt's village square.
I ordered the main fish from Lake Hallstatt, called Reinanke, grilled to perfection and served with roasted potato and decadent butter sauce. The folks at the Gasthof will tell you that their fish receives it's tastiness from the very clean, cold and deep waters off Hallstatt. From the very first bite, I began moaning and heralding the pleasures of such a simple fish, served whole and grilled just until a golden crust forms. Then in short order, those tables nearby began the song of satisfaction as their own plates arrived and the feast began. "This is the best fish I have ever enjoyed, in my life!" And if you proclaim this too, no wonder, because it's the truth.
Check out the menu at the gasthof website, as there are several options beyond fish. For dessert I was served the Salzburger Nockerl with cranberries, an airy soufflé of gargantuan proportion and also a local specialty. This dessert was so big in fact; I wrestled it over to the next table to offer the bounty to a couple Austrian natives who in turn offered me traditional schnapps, also delightful.
Anyone who would leave Hallstatt without sampling the harvest of the lake, should rethink, or at least return. In closing opinion, Gasthof Zauner serves up seriously delicious meals and specialty items which are unequaled in preparation, anywhere!