Stadtflucht Bergmühle didn’t mean anything to me. This was a name I might have read somewhere on Facebook or heard mentioned by some friend. In the end though I wasn’t sure what it was all about. Until I was lucky enough to tag along with a friend yesterday who has friends who are members. Sounds complicated? It’s not. You can go there without being a member or knowing anyone.
What is it? It’s a green oasis about 30 minutes from Vienna which is open from April to October. There is a cooking session going on every Sunday which you can join, the eating not the cooking, by paying a small contribution fee. The drinks are extra. From Thursday to Saturday the kitchen is open and you can use it yourself. There is also child care available while you enjoy a long and lazy lunch, listen to good music or just float through the lake (unfortunately no more swimming in it). So on this hot Sunday I went swimming before and arrived around 3pm for some late lunch at this enchanted garden.
We had missed the first couple of courses, but never mind. There was still enough to eat. The concept is simple. The kitchen prepares something, then rings the bell and you get up and grab a plate. Lining up is forbidden under penalty. You either sit somewhere in/around the house or at the many tables and couches distributed randomly throughout the garden.
The first course I snagged was a burrata with tomato salsa. The perfect starter in this weather. It was also a great portion. Just enough to make you happy but not so much to overeat. And lovely seasoned.
Next up was a roast saddle of venison with grilled watermelon and peach. By far my favorite savory dish of the day. The meat was tender and juice and the combination with the sweet fruit excellent!
Since Cutz was responsible for the desserts, there were apparently more than usual. These desserts were not all served at the end, but right in between. Isn’t it great to eat dessert while you still have actual room for it? I love this idea. My first dessert was cheesecake. The nutty crust was to die for.
Not long after came another savory course out of the kitchen. Salmon trout with miso crust and couscous. I prefer my crust crunchier and a little less intense. It was still tasty tough.
After that I really needed to take a walk. So we digested the first couple of courses by walking around the lake. Check out the serenity of it as well as the pink submarine in the garden.
Of course after this exercise I was happy to reward myself with a small cup of TiramiNuts. Instead of ladyfingers biscotti, made again by Cutz, were used. The nutty crunch enhanced the soft mascarpone cream experience. In conclusion, what a perfect finish to this lunch at Stadtflucht Bergmühle. Yours, Pollybert
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