Simon Taxacher/Rosengarten (Kirchberg, Austria)
Kirchberg in Tirol is a cosy town conveniently located close to famous Kitzbühel, one of the top ski resorts in Austria. The town of Kirchberg is somewhat quieter, but the atmosphere is great and cosy with plenty of après-ski bars, shops and restaurants. And, of course, the gastronomic restaurant Simon Taxacher.
In winter, winter sport lovers com eto enjoy the 170 kilometres of slopes in the surrounding mountains. In summer, hiking, (mountain) biking and golfing are popular activities. However, the area offers much more than outdoor activities. Like fine dining, for example…
Surrounded by the beautiful hills and mountains of the Kirchberg region, one will discover the modern and luxurious hotel complex Rosengarten. Top chef Simon Taxacher and his wife Sandra Kobald manage and own the hotel and created a unique place where gastronomy and hospitality are blended into an unforgettable Alpine getaway. The hotel is part of the Relais & Châteaux chain and is one of the most luxurious and most modern properties of the area.
The interior of the hotel combines minimalistic and metropolitan design, resulting in a clean, warm ensemble. Innovative design is merged with tradition, authenticity, and 21st century luxury. The hotel features 12 comfort rooms, 6 superior rooms, 3 junior suites, 3 suites and 2 deluxe suites. After a day of skiing, the spa is a great place to unwind. In summer, there’s also an outdoor pool available in the garden.
Gastronomy is very important at hotel Rosengarten. At Bistro-Restaurant Rosengarten Light guests can enjoy Austrian Alpine cuisine in an informal environment. It is the ideal place to get acquainted with a very qualitative version of the local cuisine. Just like the gastronomic restaurant of Hotel Rosengarten, only fresh and qualitative produce is used here, coming from local suppliers where possible.
Restaurant Simon Taxacher
The gastronomic flagship of the hotel is restaurant Simon Taxacher. Chef Simon Taxacher is one of Austria’s best chefs. He started his career with studies at the Villa Blanka Innsbruck catering college. Afterwards he gained experience in the world of fine dining at several restaurants in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. In the year 2000, he took over the family restaurant and created his first gourmet restaurant ‘Rosengarten’.
The interior of restaurant Simon Taxacher combines solid wooden floors and brown and golden colours to create a warm atmosphere. This is accentuated by subtle, modern black art and wooden branches throughout the restaurant. The view on the nature and mountains complete the rustic, unique atmosphere. From most of the tables, guests have a dynamic view inside the kitchen through a horizontal window adjacent to the dining room.
Simon Taxacher’s cooking is all about the very best products. From the impressive appetisers to the fine and delicious mignardises, qualitative produce is key. Simon’s cooking is definitely modern but he still uses many of the typical Alpine ingredients like Tyrolean char and lamb. However, international ingredients are important as well, such as stunning wagyu meat or Brazilian nuts. This combination of local and international produce, modern cooking, and a presentation with an eye for detail, results in precise and beautifully plated dishes.
We enjoyed the following menu during our visit:
Foie gras covered in ashes, salsify, pigeon rosé, jus of pigeon, frozen blood orange
Tyrolean char, buckwheat, parsley, bone marrow, imperial caviar
Luma pork, fermented shallot, black truffle
Catfish, Catalonia chicory, fennel
Saddle of lamb, yacón, okra
Wagyu, purple curry, Jerusalem artichokes
The culinary creations are completed with great wines from the cellar, covering almost 600 references from all over the world. Of course, many great Austrian wines are available and the best way to sample a variety of these liquid delights is to opt for the sommelier’s wine pairing.
The “Belgian Taste Buds” Experience
Rosengarten is more than a hotel or a restaurant: it is an Alpine getaway where top gastronomy, design, Austrian cuisine, wellbeing and nature are blended into an unforgettable mountain experience. The top restaurant Simon Taxacher, where Chef Simon Taxacher presents an inventive cuisine where he combines the best of his country with international accents, is worth the journey alone. However, combined with a stay in the hotel, this is the perfect gastronomic Tyrolian holiday.
Rosengarten / Simon Taxacher
6365 Kirchberg, Tirol,
Phone: +43 5357 4201
Tirol is easily accessible by plane or train, but the best way to explore the region is by car. The roads are in great condition and the surroundings are stunning. We hit the roads with a Subaru Outback, that Subaru lent us exclusively for this trip. It is an excellent 4×4 that also performs in more demanding situations such as on ice and in snow.
Thanks to options such as the X-Mode / Hill Descent Control, which helps to automatically maintain a constant vehicle speed on descents, and the Vehicle Dynamics Control System, which detects strange behaviour from surrounding drivers, our trip became safer, easier and more comfortable.
Pictures in this article were made with the Fujifilm X-T2 Camera, our favourite compact, lightweight and robust camera with endless creative possibilities. Used lenses: XF 35mm 1.4 R for food shots, and XF 10-24 mm F4 R OIS for interior and outdoor pictures.