Last night, Monday October 16th, the annual Rolling Pin Awards Austria was held at a packed Grand Hotel Wien in the heart of Vienna.

Here the top culinary representatives of the Central European country celebrated Taubenkobel’s sparkling hostess and co-owner Barbara Eselböck taking home the honourable title of “Maître des Jahres” in Austria.

Rolling Pin Awards Austria is considered as the “culinary oscars” and yesterday evening was the eight time Austria’s largest industry award was held.

This time with more than 8400 employees of the Austrian gastronomy and hotel industry had followed the call of the international gastronomy magazine Rolling Pin and nominated their favourites.

Together, they honoured the best restaurateurs, chefs, hoteliers, sommeliers, bartenders and etc of the year as part of a sensational gala in Vienna. This is the second time in 2017 that members of the Austrian restaurant industry points at Taubenkobel as being in the absolute top of the game.

In late-May Chef Alain Weissgerber – Barbara Eselböck’s husband, Executive Chef and co-owner of Taubenkobel was named Austria’s 4th best chef by an overall united restaurant industry.

View also: Austria’s 50 Best Chef List 2017.

… and see all last night’s winners via Rolling Pin’s website.



Once the cheapest house of all Burgenland, Taubenkobel now boasts 12 luxurious unique guest rooms, an exquisite restaurant and the more casual “Greisslerei” next door, beautiful gardens and a small lake, transformed to be used as a natural swimming pool.

Opened 33 years ago by Barbara’s parents Walter and Eveline Eselböck, the place has quite literally grown and developed with the family, each generation bringing a new lease of life into what was simply a one room restaurant and kitchen. You feel how the family has built every stone themselves ever since.

Widely acclaimed amongst culinary opinion makers, the restaurant at Taubenkobel was awarded with two Michelin stars up until the guide in 2009 stopped rating in Austria outside Vienna and Salzburg, and overnight stripped the Austrian countryside of some 30 Michelin stars.

Taubenkobel is rated 18/20 by Gault and Millau, a very high rating, with the highest possible score of 20 having only ever been given twice in the guide’s fifty years. Add to this accolade 5* in A la Carte as well as 93 points of 100 in Falstaff – two of the German-speaking countries most respected culinary publications.



Taubenkobel brings the dazzling Belle Époque back to life in the Austrian capital this November & December.

After 200 years of being home to postmarks, stamps and packages, the grand rooms of the Alte Post building located at Postgasse 8 in Vienna’s first district will be transformed into the 5-week long “Brieftaubenkobel”.

November 17th to December 22nd.

Get ready for a culinary adventure full of variety and bold authenticity and allow yourself to be amazed by Alain Weissgerber’s international cuisine, which at Brieftaubenkobel features only the finest ingredients from across Europe, and enjoy the great expert service provided by the sparkling hostess Barbara Eselböck and her experienced Taubenkobel team.

An unforgettable evening awaits you in the dazzling chambers of the Post Palais where you’ll be whisked away to a world full of old-time Viennese flair. Servers in white livery and white gloves move gracefully through the handsomely appointed staterooms transports you back to a bygone age. If living in Vienna or visiting the city at the time this is a must!


The Post Palais is situated in one of the most beautiful and appealing quarters in Vienna’s city centre, the Stubenviertel. This is precisely what makes it an exceptionally exclusive and coveted address – it’s one of those “hidden places” that are not easy to find.

Now taking shape in the imposing building complex with three quiet inner courtyards, are attractive and elegant owner-occupied apartments and a future international 5-star hotel with haute cuisine. The building already features a model apartment for the Post Palais, and guests of the Brieftaubenkobel are kindly invited to stop by for a visit.

Read more about the Post Palais through the official website.



What: Brieftaubenkobel at Post Palais.

Who: Barbara Eselböck and Alain Weissgerber and all the Taubenkobel Family.

When: November 17th to 22nd of December.

Where: Post Palais, Postgasse 8, 1st district, Vienna.

Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday from 5pm onwards.

Reservations: + 43 (0) 2684 022 97 or through