Tag Archives: asian food

Good Sushi

Q. Where can I find good sushi in Vienna? (Compiled from various posts)

A. There is a very good sushi place called Toko Ri on Gonzagagasse in the 1st. We tried it because I found a website recommending it as one of the best sushi places in the city, and it is indeed very good. There are fishtanks in the restaurant, so good for an early dinner with kids, and they will also do takeaway.

A. The sushi at both Asia Vienna and Manga was pretty good. Nothing fancy like some of the rolls you see in the States, but not bad. The running sushi place at Millenium City is decent, too.

A. Dots, which has locations in both the 19th and on Mariahilferstrasse. (Read TriVienna’s review of Dots here.)

A. Yohm down in the 1st district is really good! A little more expensive but nice for special celebrations…one of my favorites!

Rathaus Film Festival

One of the highlights of our past two summers in Vienna has been the music film festival. A large screen is placed in front of the Rathaus, and hundreds of chairs and bleachers are put out so people can enjoy the music films that are projected onto the screen. The music films are shown nightly at sundown, and range from classic operas and ballet performances to modern jazz and rock & roll.

Get your free musical performances here!

Get your free musical performances here!

About 20 food stands are set up along the path leading from the ring road to the front of the Rathaus, representing culinary delights from both Austria and as far afield as Australia. Each booth also offers a couple signature cocktails, and the Ottakringer Brewery has a stand offering an amazing variety of brews. There are also a couple ice cream and coffee trucks interspersed with the food stands. The “culinary strasse” is open from 11:00 a.m. to midnight.

Food stands and seating

Food stands and seating

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

  • Visit the event’s website (German)
  • Visit the Vienna tourism board’s website (English)

 

FOUND: Great Sushi in Vienna

DOTS im Brunnerhof
Kahlenberger Strasse 1 (corner of Greinergasse)*
Wien 1190
DOTS website
DOTS Facebook page

 

DOTS im Brunnerhof

DOTS im Brunnerhof

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.

The gastgarten.

The gastgarten.

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.

Another part of the large gastgarten.

Another part of the large gastgarten.

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.

Monroe Bombs

Monroe Bombs

SAMSUNG

Sushi Lover’s platter.

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.

SAMSUNG

Japanese lanterns in the courtyard.

*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.

Review: Yak und Yeti Nepalese Restaurant

Yak und Yeti
Hofmühlgasse 21, 1060 Wien
http://www.yakundyeti.at (German only)

Looking for something completely different, we decided to try Nepalese food on a Friday night.  Yak und Yeti, a cozy place located near the Flakturm Aquarium in Mariahilf, was worth the trip. The courtyard is lovely and quiet, tucked into an apartment complex away from the street and decorated with flags and Buddhist prayer bells. (Photos on the website.)

I am no expert on Nepalese food, but it seems to resemble Indian food except that it is not as spicy, and has more potatoes. We had somosas and spinach/potato dumplings to start, then a mixed vegetable platter including lentils, okra, and more potatoes, and a lamb curry with rice.  Dishes are served on an interesting collection of different-sized metal plates for sharing.

It may not have been gourmet quality (like I would know that about Nepalese food, anyway) but it was hearty, affordable, and served with a smile. Our good-sized meal, including two glasses of wine apiece, was about 42 Euros.  Hard to beat that in Vienna!

The menu is available on both German and English, however, we realized after a while that the two menus are not the same.  If you can read German at all, go for the German menu so you don’t miss any dishes that may be offered.  The waitresses do speak English, so you can always ask for recommendations.

Reviewed by Kelly

 

Review: Nirvana Indian Restaurant

Nirvana
Rotenturmstraße 16-18 (1st District, near Schwedenplatz)
www.restaurant-nirvana.at

While I have not eaten at every Indian restaurant in Vienna, Nirvana is by far my favorite among the ones I have tried.  The food is fresh, authentic, and  has the complex flavors that proper Indian food should have.  All the staff speak fluent English. When you order your dinner, you will be asked how spicy hot you would like it.  I would say that if you like your food very spicy, you should be clear about that: tell them that you do not mean “Austrian spicy!” Then you will get a curry with a good afterburn.

We have eaten at Nirvana several times and always order the somosas for a starter. They are made with a nice, flaky pastry and served with a delicious mint sauce.

Somosas, yum!

Somosas, yum!

The naan bread is freshly made, hot out of the oven.  I think they do an especially good biryani (rice-based entree). Usually, we order a biryani, a meat dish such as rogan josh (lamb curry) or tikka masala (chicken curry) and a vegetable dish such as palak paneer (creamed spinach with cheese) or dal (lentils). Three dishes plus a starter and naan is quite a big meal for two with some to take home afterwards.

A vegetarian assortment with naan bread on the side.

A vegetarian assortment with naan bread on the side.

The restaurant, which is located inside an arcade at the corner of Rotenturmstraße and Fleischmarkt, is clean, cozy, and usually crowded! Reservations are recommended for dinner, especially on the weekend.

Recommended by Kelly