Asian food in Vienna can be a dodgy proposition, to say the least. After an experience at a well-reviewed restaurant with tempura that could best be described as “shrimp schnitzel,” I had more or less written off good sushi in this city. Not that I am expert on sushi, but I’ve had enough of it to know what it is supposed to look and taste like, let’s put it that way. And schnitzel it ain’t.
We decided to give DOTS im Brunnerhof a try. I have absolutely no idea why this restaurant is called DOTS. The (very arty) website seems to indicate that it is some kind of lifestyle concept. But whatever, the restaurant, located in a former heuriger in Nussdorf, is unusual and pretty, the service is friendly, and the food is very, very good.
DOTS advertises “experimental sushi.” One of these experiments are the Sushi Bombs. Basically, maki without the seaweed wrapper. This does not seem so very experimental to me, but we had the Monroe Bombs (salmon and avocado) as an appetizer and they were yummy. Afterwards, we split the Sushi Lover’s platter, which was also excellent and very filling! The fish was clearly very fresh. I’d say it was some of the better sushi I have had anywhere in the world.
Together with a bottle of good, cold, Grüner Veltliner, the meal was about 90 Euros. So, not the cheapest dinner in town, but well worth it, in my opinion. Raw fish is not a food that you want to cut corners on, for both taste and health reasons. If you are going to eat sushi, eat really good sushi! And partake of it in a nice place, like the lovely courtyard at DOTS im Brunnerhof.
*If you are using a GPS, input the intersection, not the street number. The street number takes you to the other end of the block. Do not ask me how I know this. The end of the D tram line is also just two blocks away.