Stiftskeller St. Peter (803) – Salzburg, Austria

According to some sources, including the restaurant itself of course, the Siftskeller has been serving food since 803, making it the oldest restaurant in Europe. Not 1803 – that’s not a typo. Eight-oh-three. Although we can’t personally verify this data, we can certainly attest to the quality of food and service. We started with a beautiful rosé Prosecco as an aperitif (not pictured), followed by a selection of breads baked on the premises and spreads, including – a boiled potato! Next came the best beef tartare – chopped not ground meat, with truffle oil potato, baby toast and pine nut butter and quail egg – for Tomek and homemade mozzarella (deliciously delicate) with eggplant purée and tomato carpaccio for me. Lamb ragout with spinach tagliatelle was my choice and Tomek went with the white and green asparagus. That’s why he had room for dessert: a fabulous créme brûlée. We are so predictable: tartare, lamb and créme brûlée with rhubarb sorbet.

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