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New frame for Thomas Dorfer's kitchen


Restaurant at the Wachau gourmet hotel Landhaus Bacher redesigned

Landhaus Bacher im neuen Look | Foto: Jörg Lehmann
Landhaus Bacher im neuen Look | Foto: Jörg Lehmann

MAUTERN AN DER DONAU. JRE Thomas Dorfer's four-toque cuisine has been given a new stage: the new restaurant in the family-run gourmet hotel Landhaus Bacher. Subtle colours, natural materials and light were particularly important to hosts Susanne Dorfer-Bacher and Thomas Dorfer, as was the collaboration with local craftsmen. At the entrance to the Wachau, Mautern welcomes gourmets from all over the world with the Landhaus Bacher. Guests are spoilt with modern Austrian cuisine with Mediterranean and international accents, which is one of the most award-winning in the country.

Down-to-earth tradition with creative sophistication

Thomas Dorfer is celebrated as one of Austria's greatest culinary visionaries. Influenced by Japanese and South American cuisine, he is constantly coming up with new ideas for his modern and cosmopolitan interpretation of Austrian cuisine. Long before the spirit of the times, one of the restaurant's strengths was its vegetarian cuisine - to which a separate menu is dedicated. What is also always on the menu: the raviolo. An interpretation of Austrian boiled beef, one of the 4-toque chef's signature dishes.

Dining in a cosy and sophisticated ambience

For the host family, it was important to create a contemporary ambience for their traditional establishment: more modern, clearer and yet cosy. Subtle colours, natural materials, beautiful fabrics and plenty of light played a major role in the collaboration with Vorarlberg architect Daniel Büchel. One of the many other new details in Landhaus Bacher is the fireplace in the elegant library. It already created atmosphere in the grandparents' inn and has now been carefully uncovered and serves as decoration.

Focus on art

Susanne Dorfer-Bacher and her husband Thomas Dorfer are particularly fond of the webs created by the Vorarlberg artist Nikolaus Gohm. Here, a cylindrical metal frame is tightly covered with coloured threads in a specific order, creating the shape of a hyperboloid. As the webs have no illuminants, the light sources placed by a careful hand were of great importance. "They are unique and give the room that special something, which is why we kept everything around them discreet," says the couple. A seemingly floating wine bottle by Upper Austrian artist Markus Hofer is an art object that creates a link to wine, which has always played an important role at Landhaus Bacher. "It's a wine from my father's favourite château with my vintage," says sommelier Susanne Dorfer-Bacher.

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