If you happen to find yourself on a skiing holiday in the gorgeous Ischgl, this stunning resort has a number of restaurant options for you to try after a vigorous day on the slopes.
Most of the produce served in any Ischgl restaurant is sourced from local farmers from the area, and the locals are very proud of this fact. Even the meats served in the grill kiosk at the top of the mountain is all locally sourced from farms in the region, as they take pride in the quality of their local produce and want to show visitors the wonderful products they have on offer.
Indulge in speedy snacks off the slopes, and then in the evenings go all the way through to refined menus, with tasty culinary treats from the region and international delights from all over the world.
Ischgl has also gained a fantastic reputation in terms of gourmet and a la carte cuisine thanks to the resorts buzzing restaurant scene.
The high concentration of top-class restaurants comes in useful when you've had a long day on the slopes and fancy a treat. Alongside Martin Sieberer‘s Paznauner Stube and Benjamin Parth’s YSCLA Stüva, there are five other restaurants that enjoy an international reputation – Schlossherrenstube in Schlosshotel Romantica, Martin Sieberer's Heimatbühne, Fliana Gourmet and the Lucy Wang Restaurant.
The menus, decor and service in these places are definitely what you would call ‘star’ worthy, with every element combining to give you a luxury experience. Very recently Ischgl was described in the ‘A la Carte’ guide as a 'culinary Mecca in the Alps', and Austria’s most influential restaurant guide Gault Millau is in full support of that rave review.
Here are my top 5 dining experiences that you must try on your next visit to Ishgl:
1. Alpenhaus – Mountain VIP Club
Alpenhaus is the place to be for a high class experience in Ischgl. From their gorgeous VIP lounge on the first floor (with all the privacy, sophisticated service and a refined atmosphere that you might expect from such a place) to their relaxing sun terrace, this establishment offers world class cuisine all in a stunning alpine atmosphere.
Head to the restaurant lounge for a menu that is sure to impress anyone coming fresh off the slopes - Carpaccio of beef, veal fillet duet and prime boiled beef, fillet of turbot, sweet trio: nougat, chocolate and apricot can all be sampled during this fine dining experience. Be sure to order from the incredible cheese station if you can - I can guarantee you won't have seen such a selection before.
If you're looking for a mountain dining experience to remember, you'll want to get your Alpenhaus reservation booked well in advance. I would recommend this place for a glamorous lunch to mark your last day.
2. Restaurant Pardorama - Sky tree
Situated on the Pardatschgrat, Restaurant Pardorama has some of the most breathtaking views in the entire region, and a menu that is likely to dazzle as well. You can watch the gentle progress of the cable cars up the mountain whilst enjoying a luxury hot chocolate and divine piece of apple strudel, soaking up the sunshine and the beautiful atmosphere of this contemporary ski lodge.
This place is ideal for a mid morning break and something delicious to warm you up before getting back on the slopes.
3. Gourmetrestaurant Stiar
Stiar has attained a fantastic reputation within Ischgl, and is known as one of the top fine dining experiences in the region.
Located within Ischgl town, Stiar is known for extraordinary cuisine that draws influences from far outside of Ischgl's borders, and even Austria itself. The standard of gourmet cuisine here is high, and the crossover menu style offers rustic Austrian tidbits as well as more modern, international dishes.
Stiar also has a legendary classic wine pairing menu, making this place your only choice if you're looking to book a jolly, glamorous evening dinner during your time in the mountains.
4. Wirtshaus Walserstube Paznauner Bauernmuseum
Wirtshaus walserstube is a more local and traditional experience, which is all the more reason for trying it out one day during your holiday. Tucked away inside an old classically Tirolian house (which is over 400 years old), this establishment has been kept within the charming family who runs it for generations. Serving up traditional Austrian dishes in a cosy and warm setting, this place is kind of like going back in time.
I would have to recommend that you try the local game meat for a delicious bonus experience. Also I would say its essential that you have a schnapps with the owner and check out his Paznauner Bauernmuseum upstairs in the same building, there's some interesting oddities and artefact†s in there.
5. Lucy Wang
Lucy Wang's fantastic sushi restaurants have crafted an international reputation, and you can't beat gourmet Japanese cuisine with an Alpine twist during your time in Ischgl. Located in a prime (and extremely beautiful) location right next to the cable car station, a dinner at Lucy Wang is a guaranteed glamorous meal with all the culinary delight of a high end Japanese dining experience.
I loved the luxury of eating sushi in the Alps with stunning views all around me, and so I would recommend a dinner at Lucy Wang to any sushi lover ready to try their unique and delicious menu.
Also check out our guide and video: A Winter Guide to Ischgl in Tirol, Austria
Travel tip shared by Dave for Travel Dudes.