• Die Gastgeber Andrea und Mike Schwarzenbacher des Restaurant Mangolds

    Restaurant Mangold: flavour architect in Vorarlberg

    At Restaurant Mangold in Lochau, some things have always been different: such as a differently defined regionality and revolutionary working hours. But one thing has remained the same: a couple and its vision of tickling the taste buds of their guests. It is worth paying a visit to Michael and Andrea Schwarzenbacher when you plan your next holidays in Vorarlberg.

    A perfect couple

    “Reduction is important,” says Michael Schwarzenbacher. Together with his wife Andrea, he operates Restaurant Mangold in Lochau, on the Austrian shore of Bodensee (Lake Constance). He has run the kitchen for over 25 years, she is in charge of the wine, and both of them see to the well-being of their guests. 

    Their stage is the tables in the restaurant. To ensure that the products are the stars on the plate, they cannot steal the show from each other. This is why the cook is convinced that omitting everything superfluous makes a dish more defined and exciting: “That is the real art.” 

    The restaurant’s wine list also reflects the love of the region, without closing its eyes to the rest of the world – after all, from the restaurant’s location, a wine growing area in eastern Austria is no closer than one in Alsace or Burgundy. “Here in the border triangle of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, we have a slightly different definition of regionality,” says Andrea Schwarzenbacher with a smile. 

    “We leave the national borders out of it and draw our radius from our location, which really makes us closer to Switzerland, Italy, and France than, for example, to Vienna. It is quite exciting to see what is happening in the world. We value this region very much and we consciously buy a great deal right here. But if we like something from farther away, we do not want to withhold it from our guests.” 

    •                     Innenhof Garten des Restaurant Mangolds
    •                     Kapfhammer Karli Fischer im Restaurant Mangold
    •                     Steinpilzsuppe im Restaurant Mangold

    An artist in the kitchen

    “If he hadn’t become a chef, then certainly an architect,” says Andrea Schwarzenbacher about her husband. That this career choice would have been suitable as well is evident to guests from the attractive presentation of the food – but also as soon as they set foot in Restaurant Mangold. 

    Each room is furnished differently: from the cosy pine-panelled Wälderstuben and the elegantly Mediterranean atmosphere of the Rossini Room to the green, light-flooded Wintergarten and the romantic garden. 

    The love of the region is visible here as well: The back wall of the Wintergarten is graced with large black-and-white portraits hung there by Michael Schwarzenbacher – not of prominent guests but of a fisherman, a hunter, and two vegetable farmers. A photographic token of appreciation to his most important suppliers.

    “The veal from our suppliers is simply much more flavourful,” says Michael Schwarzenbacher enthusiastically. The respectful treatment of the animals and sustainable farming practices can be tasted in the meat. Guests can expect classic Austrian food of the light variety, made with the very best ingredients.

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    A heart for the employees: the Mangoldians

    Michael Schwarzenbacher cultivates a very special relationship with his staff of about twenty. “We refer to our employees affectionately as ‘Mangoldians’,” laughs the head chef. 

    “At Mangold, everything has always been a bit different,” explains Schwarzenbacher. “Thirty years ago, a five-day week was unheard of in the restaurant business, but at Mangold it was already standard. And ten years ago, we started closing a second day in the week. It’s important to me that my employees don’t burn out.” And the guests sense this as well. 

    “My family is very important to me, so I take care of it.” It’s no wonder that Schwarzenbacher sees the Mangoldians as his family: at the age of 20, he began working at Mangold as a chef after having finished his apprenticeship in Salzburg. 

    Restaurant Mangold am Bodensee

    But it wasn’t just the restaurant that Schwarzenbacher liked; he also fell in love with the daughter of the house, and Mangold quickly became his new home. 

    When Schwarzenbacher started out at Mangold, exclusive products like quail, scallops, and turbot were used. “This was very exciting for me as a young chef, but today we do it a bit differently.” In 2007 he and Andrea took over the restaurant, and today, the menu contains largely regional fish, vegetables, and meat. 

    Schwarzenbacher is not afraid of changing things, and for this very reason he has an open ear for other opinions and ideas: “We benefit from combining our ideas with the experience of people like my in-laws and the unbridled power of our Mangoldians. Then you’re successful. At least that’s how it is with us.”

    Restaurant Mangold in Lochau am Bodensee / Lake Constance

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    From Salzburg to the Bodensee: work-life balance par excellence

    As a native Salzburger, Michael Schwarzenbacher initially had no connection to the region on Lake Constance. But when job and love coincide at one location, it becomes very easy to stay. 

    Today, the chef is enthralled with the diversity of the region: “There are so many things to do here at the Bodensee! I like to spend time with my kids at or on the lake, which is right on our doorstep. The entire Rhine Valley is a paradise for nature-lovers. When we have a craving for culture, we enjoy going to the Kunsthaus in Bregenz.” 

    It’s just five minutes to the lake, 30 minutes to the Bregenzerwald, and an hour to the Arlberg. “I love the Mediterranean feeling here in the summer,” says Schwarzenbacher. When the couple needs some time away from work, they head for the local mountain, the Pfänder, or to the Bregenzerwald. But travel is also one of the favourite hobbies of these two Mangoldians when the time allows it. 

    “In addition to one’s career, one should also enjoy life,” says Schwarzenbacher with conviction. “I am a curious person and open to new things. Not only in the kitchen, but also in my leisure time. This is how I recharge my batteries and then return to the restaurant newly inspired.”

    •                     Hecht mit Aubergine
    •                     Sugo vom MoMähLamm mit Curry
    •                     Steinpilzsuppe im Restaurant Mangold

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    Visit Restaurant Mangold in Lochau

    Restaurant Mangold

    Pfänderstraße 3

    6911 Lochau


    +43 5574 42431

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