A few days ago, I had the chance to be invited to the Alpen Palace, South Tyrol, for a gastronomy-oriented week-end, and more precisely to discover the cuisine made by Andreas Schwienbacher, the young 24yo head chef of the 5-star hotel.
Beyond a fine and mastered cuisine that combine creativity and local culinary traditions, Andreas Schwienbacher can boast about being also the youngest head chef in a 5-star hotel of the Alto-Adige region, in North Italy. After having developed his skills among the restaurants he worked for all around the globe – mainly in Australia, Switzerland & Austria – Andreas Schwienbacher leads now the Alpen Palace’s kitchen area with a team of passioned people, delivering a healthy cuisine full of flavors.
There, the totality of used products are coming from the region in order to offer the best of flavors and an optimal quality in the plate: cheeses and dairy products from Alpin region and Brunico area, fish and lamb coming from the local farms, or tasty game from the tyrollean forests and seasoned with fresh herbs grown up in Alpen Palace‘s garden or neighborhood, indeed. Basically everything you need to fall in love with mountains.
During our interview in Alpen Palace’s kitchen, Andreas explains us having a slight preference for molecular & mediterranean cuisines, trends that we could actually taste in some of the dishes we tried during this gourmet week-end, as this revisited Tomato – Mozzarella – Basilic that we had for dinner. The point that impressed me the most among all the dishes we tried, beyond the taste and the meticulousness in the associations and the presentation, is the textures game that we found in almost each of them, strengthening their uniqueness. The creamy mozzarella marble popping in the mouth & dealing with the crunchiness of seasonings, which are delicately set around the plate, or the crusty crumble weighing up with the piece of melting soft & perfectly cooked cerf are proving that the care put into each creation is down to the smallest details, reflected by the hotel itself.
The typical dinner that was served on Friday evening was a one-way ticket to Tyrol through fine and high quality products served on a local background music. The refined wine list that proposes also a wide range of French grands crus will fill all the expectations, as well as the huge Strudels buffet – those Austrian pastries made with a thin puffed dough, rolled then stuffed – that won’t leave anybody dissatisfied.
Concerning the Alpen Palace Deluxe Hotel, it’s the ideal haven of peace for every person who wants to cut the roap with daily urban stress and get revitalized in the middle of the Alpin mountains. Beyond its Alpin SPA facilities composed by a wide range of cares, massages as well as saunas and hammams that will turn your week-end into the most recovering one, the hotel also suggests many outdoor activities to explore the surroundings, from the most sporty ones to some more cultural and calm ones, which will accustom you to the cultural richness and local traditions. Located at 1h30 from Innsbruck in Austria, the hotel complex is well hidden but still easily reachable by road transports.