One of the most famous restaurants on Mt Buller, Kaptans Restaurant at Hotel Pension Grimus certainly had a lot to live up to!
We were welcomed to a typical Austrian Pension atmosphere. The smell of food was the first thing that we noticed when we walked through the front door. It was certainly inviting! As our table wasn’t yet ready, we enjoyed a drink at the bar before being seated. (4.5)
Unfortunately, that’s where the level of service ended. Our waiter was a little disappointing. She didn’t know what the special was (the maitre’D had already run through them with us), she forgot to order our desserts, so we waited an hour for them after already waiting over an hour for our mains and when she cleared our plates, she WAS CHEWING ON GUM!! (2.0)
After waiting over an hour for the mains, the food was magnificent. I had the rack of lamb which was cooked to perfection. Other dishes on our table included the duck breast which also looked perfect and the special which was sauteed beef medalions. For sides we had fried Dobson potatoes with horseradish cream, paprika and chives and the salt roasted beetroot with feta and orange. Both were delicious!
For dessert we ordered the famous Salzburger Nockerl. This is a chocolate chip and hazelnut soufflé with hot chocolate sauce and vanilla ice cream and takes about 30 minutes to prepare. We had asked the waitress to order this when our mains arrived, but she forgot and so we waited an hour after finishing our mains! (4.0)
Considering the size and the quality of the meals and despite the poor service we received tonight, I would still recommend this restaurant to diners. The atmosphere alone is worth a visit although I have been informed that the menu hasn’t changed in a few years. (3.5)
My overall rating for this restaurant is 70%
Our total spend for the night, excluding tip was $310 which included pre-dinner drinks, 4 mains, 2 sides, 3 desserts and a bottle of wine.