A Spare Ribs Jause

Location:Enzian Hütte
Address:Erlbergweg 85, 5700 Zell am See
Status:Open (last checked on 4 August 2019)
Eaten:Brettljause, three beers (Stiegl)

Seeing spare ribs as part of a Brettljause is unusual but not completely unheard of. I can recall at least one Heuriger in Mostviertel that included cold Rippeln to a great success. The Enzian Hütte, however, is a pioneer of serving a Brettljause with warm spare ribs. It is hard to say what the reasoning behind the cook’s decision was. Perhaps, some very important ingredient of the Brettljause ran out today, but he had a pre-cooked portion of spare ribs in the fridge. Whatever the reason was, the result was not at all bad.

The ribs were the most exciting part, of course, and were absolutely edible. They were well cooked and salted and even had a trace of marinade in their taste. I think I would have enjoyed eating them as a standalone dish, too. Besides the spare ribs, the Jause included two types of nicely tasting Speck, a thick slice of a rather strong cheese, a small but fine portion of Schmalz and two types of hard sausage. Or rather it was one type, except that half of the slices had a black pepper crust and the other half did not.

If you are in Zell am See for a few days, have hiked all across the Schmittenhöhe and are looking for an easily reachable and almost tourist-free location with nice views along the path, the Enzian Hütte is a perfect location. If you are too lazy to walk, getting there with an e-bike is a great option.

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