Thursday, March 21, 2013

Terrific Innsbruck Restaurant: Die Wilderin

Tucked away at Seilergasse 5, down the street and around the corner from the Inn Bridge, sits the restaurant currently ranked as Innsbruck's Number One in Trip Advisor, die Wilderin.

We made a reservation by phone, and arrived only a couple of minutes after 7 p.m., due to turning right when we should have turned left and taking a very long detour along the river on a dark and rainy evening.

It was definitely worth the walk.

The restaurant and those running it provide a friendly atmosphere and before we knew it we were seated and enjoying a glass of Grüner Veltliner.

Brian had made the reservation in English and the friendly young man (top in this photo) was surprised to find that Kathy spoke German. The subsequent discussion included plenty of joking in both languages.

Joking aside, the young operators are very serious about sustainable food and local suppliers; the name of the restaurant has quite a story to it, written in English here on the restaurant's website. Hunter-gatherer certainly sounds more impressive than poacher.

The menu is short so there was little sense to asking what he recommended. After talking through the options, the choices we made were very pleasing.

As an appetizer we shared a rucola salad with a liberal portion of "sheep's cheese" and ravioli.

For the main course Kathy went with the wild boar (Wildschwein) and Brian chose the venison (Hirsch) gulasch, trading partway through.

Seated next to us was a couple with three sons (oldest age 12) and a little sister (about 2) and their "auntie grandmother." We chatted with them, and played peek-a-boo with the little girl.

All in all, it was a perfectly delightful evening and we may have already enjoyed our "best meal of the trip," although we're keeping our fingers crossed that there will be competitors for that prize over the next couple of weeks.

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