Lürzer Alm: “Delivering high quality, every day is what we aim for”
By Els Duran
Photography: Heinz Holzmann & Lürzer Alm
The Lürzer Alm in the Austrian town of Obertauern demonstrated that high quality food, a friendly atmosphere and a high number of guests make a great combination. Sigbert Pleschounig has worked as head chef at the Lürzer Alm for the last five years: 'We employ a kitchen team of 18 and prepare more than 600 great meals, every day'.
Sat in the restaurant, you wouldn't say the Lürzer Alm provides 350 covers. Booths, split levels and romantic corners suggest you are in a snug 'Almhütte' (country pub).
The mis en place is done in the downstairs kitchen, but all dishes are cooked in the open kitchen upstairs, in view of the diners. You can observe the busy kitchen whilst enjoying a drink by the open fire.
The menu is versatile stretching from traditional Austrian specialities such as Salzburger Kaasnockerl to aromatic spareribs and spicy chicken wings. The classic Wienerschnitzel is served with a choice of crispy fries or a typical Austrian potato salad.
What sets aside the Lürzer Alm from the competition is that - although the kitchen processes a huge amount of meals on a daily basis, this doesn't compromise the quality.
Pleschounig: 'Delivering high quality, every day is what we aim for, regardless of the number of guests we serve. We only use fresh ingredients and most of our dishes are prepared from scratch: the vegetables for the stir-fry dishes and salads, the marinades for the meat and soup and the Apfelstrüdel'.
The location of the Lürzer Alm is unique - centrally located in Obertauern, the restaurant is accessible from the ski run Straight from the slopes to the bar, without having to stop at your hotel or chalet. In the evening, the Lürzer Alm transforms into a lively nightclub.
The DJ and disco lights come on and the Lürzer Alm transforms into a vibrant Après ski club until the early hours.
During the weekend, the Lürzer Alm attracts as many as 2000 visitors. The variety of Pleschounigs menu, long opening times and themed parties show that the focus of Gerhard Lürzer is to offer all their guests a fantastic holiday.
Whether you are looking for the typical Austrian atmosphere, a good dinner or a great night out - make sure the Lürzer Alm is on your list of hotspots.