In the wonderfully picturesque village of Traunkirchen on Lake Traun, there's an old monastery perched above the Traunsee that has become a fashionable dining establishment run by a "young team" of restaurateurs. If you love steak (and can afford the high prices for a dry-aged Chateaubriand or ribeye), this is definitely the place for you to dine in the Salzkammergut. For vegetarians, the choice is severely limited – somewhat against the trend of modern Austrian cuisine.
We came here midweek, when the town was not particularly crowded, but had to wait a long time for our orders to be taken, and for our food to arrive. Even a simple dessert (a scoop of sorbet served in a bowl) "would entail a long wait", so we skipped it and found an ice-cream parlour in town. Service was definitely without a smile that evening.
In all other respects, however, the ambience is good, the setting unsurpassed, with a view of the magnificent Traunstein, 1600m, from our table.
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