Open until 4am on weekends, Strobl Stuberl is one of the local institutions, the blood that runs through the veins of Salzburg.
The atmosphere is warm and friendly with a lot of wood, but also a bit 1970s country pub, male-dominated and smoky (they permit smoking indoors). I was not immediately taken in, but the friendly waitress made me feel at home right away. It was 1am and we had just arrived at our nearby hotel. Ms B was too tired to eat, but I certainly felt like having a bite. The taxi driver on the way from the airport had recommended this place and it was not hard to find, just a stone’s throw away from where we were staying.
I studied the menu for a long while. It’s a really good mix of local traditional full-scale dishes, snacks like sausage in a bun, and even some more sophisticated cuisine like French and Spanish seafood dishes, well done there, I thought.
I ordered venison goulash with dumplings, which arrived shortly afterwards. The meat was so soft and juicy, I was all bought in. The sauce had just the right consistency and taste, not too overwhelming or heavy, but lovely, strong flavours. I’m from a family that loves their dumplings. Each of us knows ten dumpling recipes off the top of our heads, some passed down within the family over many generations. Anyway, the two dumplings sitting there on my plate were hitting the spot.
You don’t expect top quality cooking and such a friendly service in the small hours at a place like this close to the central station. I’ll be back soon, any time of day.