The Korso is a well-reputed restaurant known throughout Austria and is located in the luxury Hotel Bristol just across the street from the Staatsoper (Vienna State Opera). The restaurant has been the favorite spot of many international opera stars over its more than 20 years existence.
Reinhard Gehrer was succeeded in March 2010 by new Executive Chef Christian Krumpholz who is in charge of Hotel Bristol’s all culinary matters, but mostly The Korso. Christian Krumpholz has worked in Vienna for many years and the international and Austrian cuisine is continued to be served without any major changes from the previous chef. You can choose to have 3 – 5 courses from a set menu with wine pairings and it can be everything from young fennel served as a silky soup with langoustine to organic veal glaced loin served with lardo and presented in a smoked fond.
It is a focus on high quality ingredients rather than innovations or clever presentations. You know what to expect from a typical five star hotel’s signature restaurant and you have probably had it many times before except for the most Austrian typical dishes like the schnitzel and the tafelspitz (if they are served at your dining evening). There is an impressive wine selection so no worries of not finding your wine and you can find some really good wines without having to pay any fortunes as well.
Expect the standard tables set with fine linen and a stylish decor of dark wood-paneled walls, beveled glass, glittering chandeliers, a baronial fireplace and rich carpeting. The spacious dining room seats you well and you can have a private dining room if you prefer as well.
Christian Krumpholz has not changed The Korso concept in any
revolutionary way except for the much more generous opening hours that the restaurant now offers. As a matter of fact most is as it always has been and that might fit anyone who just likes to have the standard fine dining experience, but if you are a true foodie you do want much more than The Korso can offer at present.
Images courtesy of The Korso except for the food image which is © wbpstars.com
Written by Andy