Sale, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia


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VIP -Restaurant and Cockpit Bar

Gourmet Austrian and International Cuisine


  Dinner is the highlight of the day! Enjoy the atmosphere of old Vienna and indulge in delicious Austrian and International Fine Foods while listening to soft music of Mozart or Strauss. You can delight in such famous dishes as "Wiener Schnitzel, Apfelstrudel or Sachertorte" complemented by a wide range of local and imported wines and beers.

Relax with a drink at our Cockpit Bar. Perhaps discuss the events of the day or your latest flying adventures with the Captain or your hostess Elisabeth who are no strangers to travel and have covered the globe from one end to the other - one in the cockpit of international flights the other in the diplomatic service!

Our fully licensed VIP Restaurant specialises in Austrian and International cuisine and has been listed in the prestigious AGE Good Food Guide for several years.       Breakfast from 7 to 9 AM, Dinner  daily except Sundays from 7 PM





  Comments from our Guest book ….  

Nostalgic Wiener Küche with real finesse. Wunderbar!   

Claude Forell,     

The Age Good Food Guide


Aus old Germany grüßen echte Bayern, die sich hier sehr wohlfühlen und die Küche sehr lobenswert finden.

Lieselotte and Karl Lochner, Maria Schalk



“ A Sublime Experience” 

Mark, Sam and Hogg – 

The Channel 9 TV Crew

We have enjoyed your  great hospitality and wonderful meal. It will help us to keep our memories of Australia.

Ann and Roy Potter, England



  An oasis in the desert of mediocrity! Best Schnitzel and Strudel we have ever had. A real find! 

Wayne and Judy Brokman


After two weeks of touring Tasmania, this was the most enjoyable meal we have ever had!

Greig & Lyn Daley-Lovett, Sydney


An unexpected surprise to find a little corner of Europe in Sale. 

Dana Caule, Malaysia



Difficult to say which was grander ….the hospitality or the Dinner. Both were exceptional! 

Reid and Pauline Miller, Seoul, Korea

Absolutely sensational – Wonderful Food and  Old  World Service! 

Beryl King, Pambula



The Dinner was outstanding, the Bar perfect, Thank you. It was delightful to meet you.

Sue and Randall Hempling. Las Vegas, USA

3 Star Accomodation, “5 Star“  Food and “ALL STAR” hospitality , well done! If bees discovered your cooking they would give up Honey …!

Irene and Brian Grey, Sunbury


We were delighted to discover that Austrian Cuisine in Australia surpasses  even the high Standards we have experienced in Salzburg last summer! Wonderful, thank you 

Elsa and Brian Hatting, UK


Magnificent meal, awesome hospitality the most awesome meal I have had in years - 

135 FIC  - RAAF




Wirklich eine Überraschung. So liebe Gastgeber zu finden Ein Super Essen – nach mehr als 3 Wochen Australien haben wir es – glaube ich  verdient- einmal richtig verwöhnt zu werden.

Vielen , vielen Dank!

Christina aus Köln and Stefanie aus Olpen, Germany

Best meal we have had in Australia( been here over a month) Superb, really Superb!

Larry and Janet  Chirack, Canada


Auf unserer Australienreise war Captains Lodge International die letzte Station. Wir werden den besten Apfelstrudel der südlichen Hemisphäre in der alten Welt weiterempfehlen! Vielen Dank .

Claudia and Peter aus Kiel, Deutschland

Eine sehr unerwartete jedoch um so willkommenere Überraschung! Danke für einen unvergeßlichen Abend voller interessanter Geschichten und den sicherlich besten Wiener Schnitzel südlich des Äquators ( und auch die besten Marillenknödeln!) Weiterhin viel Erfolge mit eurem entzückenden kleinen Hotel "SACHER" auf australischem Boden. Ich freue mich auf ein "WIEDERSEHEN". 

Cpt. Jan Kisling, Graz, Austria



Für das herrliche Essen und die nette Gastfreundschaft herzlichen Dank es ist wirklich zum weiterempfehlen. Wir haben uns ausgesprochen  wohlgefühlt.

Tanja Freund und Maliese Müller aus der Schweiz


“ Wiener Küche “ That’s what stopped us – glad it did- es hat wunderbar  geschmeckt! -            

Franz and Jane

We enjoyed a delicious “Wiener Schnitzel” which stirred our memories of how good a meal should taste. This meal was indeed the “Highlight of the day” ‘t Was Lalig!

Max and Thea Overdale, Holland


Who could ask for any more? SIMPLY SUPBERB! 

Bob and Theresa Suler, Vic.





The AGE Good Food Guide    
Improbable as it may seem, we have not found such refined Austrian cooking elsewhere other than cosmopolitan Vienna. That it is in the old-world dining room of a country motel is even more extraordinary. The only clue to the passing motorist with a smattering of German in the sign Wiener Küche. The motel is run by former airline pilot Captain  Staberhofer (hence the motel's name) and his wife Elisabeth. Her white veal or crumbed pork schnitzel and delicate apfelstrudel are exemplary. But her kitchen is not afraid to experiment. Occasionally, Elisabeth will present Australian game in Austrian style, such as kangaroo fillets with light and fluffy herbed bread dumplings and red cabbage. Look also for such delights as Sachertorte mit Schlag ( the famous chocolate cake with whipped cream).


The sign " Wiener Küche" outside this motel on the western outskirts of Sale is apt to surprise the unsuspecting wayfarer. But we have a letter from the Austrian Ambassador to confirm that here is indeed a dining room specialising in fine Viennese cuisine. "The Wiener Schnitzel is first-class and the Apfelstrudel is certainly among the best you can get outside of Austria" he writes. The motel is run by a retired airline pilot (hence the name) and his wife, Elisabeth Staberhofer who has worked in the Austrian diplomatic service and is a wonderful cook. Apart from traditional dishes like Mutti used to make, there may be ostrich fillets with sauerkraut and almond-rolled potato nuggets, and some mouth watering Austrian cakes and sweets.

Recommended  Dr Otmar Koler (Austrian Ambassador to Australia)

"Rarely do we recommend motel restaurants, where menus tend to ho-hum and chefs flighty. The Captain's Lodge International, run by a retired airline pilot, Captain  Staberhofer, and his wife Elisabeth, who worked in the Austrian diplomatic service, is distinguished by its fine Austrian cuisine. Indeed, we haven't found Austrian or German food as good as Mrs. Staberhofer's in any Melbourne restaurant. Everything is freshly prepared, using meat from an Austrian butcher in Frankston, home-grown vegetables and fruits, and bread from an Austrian baker in Orbost. The pan-fried white veal schnitzel is superb, and we were delighted by the Bauernschmaus of roast and smoked pork, sausage, sauerkraut, potato cake and light-as-feather dumpling. Wonderful apple strudel, Sachertorte and other home-baked cakes too. A visiting ambassador has written in the visitors book;" Hier gibt es Wiener Luft" (Here is a breath of Vienna). We agree.