Restaurant Goldener Hirsch, Salzburg, Austria – Review

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Salzburger Nockerl

Salzburger Nockerl

The Wiener Schnitzel and Zwiebelrostbraten were both excellent, but in this case, they were just the warm-up. It was really the dessert, Salzburger Nockerl, that we were here for.  First, let me explain. Salzburger Nockerl, simply put, is a vanilla dessert soufflé, but that may be the understatement of the year.  It must be ordered at the start of the meal to allow for preparation and, when it arrives, everyone in the dining room will turn and stare.  Really.

It most resembles alpine peaks or perhaps clouds that have been browned in the oven.  Tradition dictates that three peaks are prepared, one for each of the three city hills or Stadtberge around Salzburg, namely Gaisberg, Mönchsberg, and Nonnberg.  Many restaurants serve four peaks to accommodate sharing, as was the case here.   Some restaurants also serve a raspberry or lingonberry sauce or compote, but the Goldener Hirsch is a traditionalist establishment and adheres to my family’s standard of Nockerl without sauce.

The inside was creamy and light, and the surface was a little crunchy, just as I remember it from my childhood.  I finished two peaks and Christian almost made it through two as well, although he looked wistfully at the small amount that remained on his plate at the end.  Once again, the Nockerl – and the meal – were exactly as I had expected and wished for.


The interior of the Restaurant Goldener Hirsch was glowing with Gemütlichkeit and warmth.  We were served by a father-and-son team and service was excellent while still informal.  Members of the Starwood Preferred Guest program save 10% on their meals.  Prices are only moderately high here; entrées start at €25, and a three-course dinner will start at €43.20.



Restaurant Goldener Hirsch
Getreidegasse 37
Salzburg 5020 Austria
Tel. +43 662 80840

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