Dining in Austria

Overview by Globlatrade.net:
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Food in Austria has many different styles with thousands of great restaurants in all the major cities and towns of Austria. Typical Austrian food is similar to German food, but with Hungarian and Slav elements lingering from the days of the Empire. Most food is simple meat and potatoes.In addition, food in Vienna and other Austrian tourist resorts is not restricted to traditional Austrian delights. Cuisine from all over the world can be found in Austria, including Asian, Indian, Middle Eastern, and other international tastes. Fast food chains are rising in popularity due to convenience and their family oriented style.
Rules For Eating Out
All restaurants have waiter service, as do most bars and coffee houses.
Bills are settled with the arrival of drinks.
Though a service charge of 10 - 15% is included in the restaurant bills, but it is a common practice to leave a tip of around 5%.

Price Indications

Economy Meal Less than Euro 10
Medium Price Meal Between Euro 10 -20
Good Quality Meal Above Euro 20
Food Specialties
Austrian gastronomy is famous for its cakes (Sacher Torte), its excellent cooked pork meats and its famous white wines (côteaux of Lower Austria, Styria and Burgenland). Some of the famous culinary specialities in the country are:

- Wiener Schnitzel: It is a traditional dish of breadcrumbed and fried veal escalope.
- Tafelspitz: It is regarded as Austria's national dish and consists simply of boiled beef.
- Palatschinken: These are Austrian pancakes. 
- Apfelstrudel: It is the classic Austrian pudding.
- Mehlspeisen: It is the national term for cakes and puddings. There are around 60 varieties of Torte, which is often consumed with coffee.

The most common drinks are:

- Local wines: Good quality and cheap. Mainly while wine is consumed, particularly RieslingandVeltliner are well-known.
- Obstler: This drink is made by distilling various fruits. It is usually very strong, well-flavoured and cheap.

Dietary Restrictions
There are not any eating restrictions.
Table Manners

- Remain standing until invited to sit down. You may be shown to a particular seat.

- Do not begin eating until the hostess says 'mahlzeit' or 'Guten Appetit'.
. Cut as much of your food with your fork as possible, since this compliments the cook by saying the food is very tender.

- Finish everything on your plate.

- Indicate you have finished eating by laying your knife and fork parallel on your plate with the handles facing to the right.

-The host gives the first toast. Everyone lifts and clinks glasses, looks the person making the toast in the eye and says, 'Prost!'.

- An honoured guest offers a toast of thanks to the host at the end of the meal.

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