What I’m Eating Around the World: Liechtenstein

| March 2, 2015

As I wander Europe, I enjoy tasting new things–admittedly often forgetting to take pictures or write about them. Occasionally I do remember to take photos, some of which I will share here. Don’t expect the descriptions to be professional–I’m not a foodie. Some of the foods I eat are more familiar to Americans; others are regional dishes. Some, I could eat every day; some, I would barf if I ever saw them again. Up Today: Liechtenstein, fresh in my mind from this weekend.



Our hotel served a continental breakfast typical of Europe…

with a wider selection of cheeses than most hotels

with a wider selection of cheeses than most hotels

I typical eat meats, bread, and an egg.

Pork, pork, and more pork.

Pork, pork, and more pork.



We were surprised to find that the Engel Ratskeller restaurant in Vaduz, was very Asian-inspired. When we walked in, we were attacked by the smell of Asian food. We walked back out and stared at the menu, wondering if we were in the right restaurant. We were. We decided to give it a try.

I was interested in the Tiger Prawn Risotto, but unsure of how it would taste in this restaurant. Since it was one of the most expensive meals, though, I figured it had to be good enough to live up to its price.

It was amazing. Worth every Swiss Franc.

Worth every Swiss Franc.

My husband went with an Asian dish—pad thai puk. I don’t eat pad thai, so I didn’t bother tasting it.

liechtenstein food vaduz pad thai engel ratskeller

He couldn’t believe how many calories it cost him in his Lose it! app.

My daughter went with her stand-by: Schnitzel (Wiener). It was actually pretty good, with an interesting flavor to its breading.

engel ratskeller

Basically, it tasted like Asians cooking Schnitzel.



On our first night in Triesenberg, we popped into nearby Restaurant Kainer for dinner.

Breads were great.  They were accompanied by a whipped garlic butter.

The bumpy one tasted like pizza crust.

The bumpy one tasted like pizza crust.

Because I was just getting over a stomach bug, I played it safe with Schnitzel (paniertes).

Loved it!

Loved it!

My daughter played it safe with chicken nuggets. She enjoyed them just fine.


Nuggets: they’re everywhere.

My husband was smarter: he ordered yummy pork pieces in a cream-based sauce, with Rosti (a potato side similar to hashed browns).

I was jealous!

I was totally jealous.

Here’s where it really gets good: Dinner at Restaurant Torkel, set in a vineyard. Unbelievable.

liechtenstein food menu restaurant torkel

I always respect a restaurant whose menu has an appendix listing exactly where they acquire their meats and fish.

My husband and I shared a two-course, two-person dish called the Tomahawk. The waiter brought the giant bone of Herford beef ribeye to the table to slice in our presence. I could have eaten it straight off the bone. The first course was accompanied by delicious little roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables. Underneath, among the vegetables, was a green cauliflower we had not encountered before. I have tentatively identified it as Romanesco broccoli. Loved it.

the tomahawk

Seriously: Unnnnnbelievable.

The second course was another serving of the beef, this time over celery leek truffle sauce with nuts, and a side of croutons.

the tomahawk

I personally preferred the first course but was by no means disappointed by the second course.

My daughter ordered–shocker–Schnitzel, but was dismayed to see it arrive without breading. I thought she was going to assume fetal position.

schnitzel without breading

Then she tried it.  There was not one single bite left at the end.

Before the main courses, they brought everyone an absolutely wonderful appetizer. My daughter stared at it, terrified. She couldn’t believe it when this soft, hamburger-looking patty on avocado and something else the waiter told us too fast, was actually good (well, delicious, if you ask me). I sat there attempting to identify where I’d recently tasted a similar flavor. Never did. figure it out.


Loved it…even if my husband did liken it to a soft meatloaf.


The first dessert I scarfed down in Liechtenstein was a chocolate-drizzled crepe filled with vanilla ice cream and served with raspberry sauce and blueberries.


Yum.  Restaurant: Engel Ratskeller.

The second dessert I ate was a chocolate lava cake with orange sorbet.

chocolate lava cake

Double yum; Restaurant Torkel.

At Restaurant Torkel, my daughter (who would not give up her coat to the waiter) chose a very light chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream garnished with some carmelized wafers.

unhappy kid

My daughter’s face when you tell her to hold on, you want to take a picture.



I tasted a local pinot noir, which was jussssst right.

Sorry, wine enthusiasts--“Just right” is as sophisticate a wine review as you're going to get from me.

Sorry, wine enthusiasts–“Just right” is as sophisticated a wine review as you’re going to get from me.

The husband had some local beer.


In conclusion, what’s good to eat in Liechtenstein?  Everything.



Where will I be eating next?  Check out my upcoming travel plans!  This is the second country in the “What I’m Eating Around the World” series.  Future posts will include Austria, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK–and who knows where else!  Last week’s food came from Croatia.




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Kari Martindale is a writer and ESL instructor. She’s visited all 50 states and 37 countries, including many of the big cities of Europe and a ton of Christmas Markets. She spends her days straddling the fence between a sense of adventure and a sense of dread. She is married to what is clearly a patient man and has a daughter who, frustratingly, is just like her. Her academic and professional backgrounds are in linguistics and foreign languages. When she's not teaching ESL, she's writing. When she's not writing, she's thinking about her next trip.

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