Dine in a villain's lair at altitudeIce Q, Austria
Spectre, the latest instalment in the James Bond franchise, offered Daniel Craig a license to chill. Sky-high restaurant ice Q has some of the best views ever seen from an architecturally inspired glass box, but for the Sam Mendes-directed movie it transformed from haute cuisine hot spot into the mountaintop lair of Christoph Waltz’s villain Blofeld. Situated more than 3000 metres up on the summit of Gaislachkogl in the Austrian resort town of Sölden, the neighbouring snow-covered peaks and glacial tunnel also played host to one of the film’s main action scenes – no spoilers intended. But now that Hollywood has packed up and gone home, hitting the slopes on skis or a board, followed by drinks overlooking Ötztal Alps, is definitely not to be missed.
- Admiring the sweeping mountain views from every angle
- Tucking into delicious food and the extensive wine list
- You can hit the slopes right from the restaurant’s doorstep
- Sky-high dining is an exciting experience, but heading to this level of altitude doesn’t always agree with everyone
Soar over the powdered peaks of Sölden on the Gaislachkogl cable car. A return trip costs about US$40.
For the ultimate alpine dining experience, book the Chef’s Table, featuring a four-course menu and a glass of champagne, with a guaranteed spot by the window for optimum vista viewing. It costs about US105.