It seems like Japanese food is becoming very popular in Vienna these days: A lot has changed since my last article and people started realizing that Japanese cuisine doesn’t equally mean sushi only. In fact, the places which have opened recently focus on other classics like Onigiri or Udon – and therefore are a welcome change to the existing restaurant scene.
Mari’s Metcha Matcha
The relocation of this tea house to the 7th district was a huge success: The interior is a lovely mix of traditional and modern Japanese styles and the menu got a nice upgrade. The artsy shop/café concept remained. Whether you only want a snack that goes with your tea or fancy something warm and hearty, you’ll find it there. The love for detail also reflects in the food – and as you’d expect it for such a place, they have a nice selection of desserts too. – http://www.metchamatcha.at/
This tiny hole-in-the wall eatery (inside one of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings btw) exists since a few years now and has developed into a popular anchor at the busy Naschmarkt, especially for those who are seeking authentic Japanese food in a casual setting. The menu is on the wall, seating is scarce and sometimes two or three chefs work behind the counter at the tiniest space – Japanese efficiency at its best! Considering the size of the kitchen, the menu is even more remarkable: From Donburi, Takoyaki, Udon and Soba – they offer all kinds of comfort food. – Linke Wienzeile 40, 1060 Vienna
Kuro Udon Restaurant & Bar
Yes, there’s more Udon! Actually it’s a new restaurant that has dedicated itself to the popular Japanese noodle soup, which is the first (and so far only) of its kind in Vienna. Sure, there’s Udon at many other places too, but as their Udon is home-made, I suppose they know what they’re doing. We started off with some appetizers before we indulged in our Udon bowls and finished the nice evening with some Umeshu. The Japanese style seating area is a great bonus as well as their interesting drink menu, including sake and shoju. – https://www.facebook.com/kurovienna/
Do you like Japanese restaurants? Which is your favourite in your town/city?