The Shiki offers fine dining in a class of its own: creative in-house creations and real wasabi!

The Shiki offers fine dining in a class of its own: creative in-house creations and real wasabi!
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From fine dining to street food: the 15 best Japanese restaurants in Austria

Whether it's haute cuisine, fusion cuisine or the best street food – Falstaff reveals the must-have addresses when it comes to Japanese cuisine.

Japanese cuisine only became popular in Austria in the mid-1990s. Kojiro on Rechte Wienzeile is considered the oldest sushi bar in Vienna, preceded in 1985 by Izakaya opened in Linz. Akakiko soon made sushi socially acceptable, especially among young people, and is now the largest Japanese food chain in Austria with 18 branches. Today, sushi, sashimi and maki have long since lost their exotic touch. New gastronomic concepts that reflect Japanese cuisine more authentically are shaping the scene in cities, often with unexpected fusion ideas: Itameshi, for example, combines Japanese flavors with Italian cuisine.

The Okra Izakaya in Vienna's city centre shows what modern Japanese cuisine can do.
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The Okra Izakaya in Vienna's city centre shows what modern Japanese cuisine can do.

THE SECRET OF JAPANESE CUISINE

Falstaff reveals 15 addresses that you should not miss when it comes to Japanese cuisine.

15 favorite restaurants

Restaurants

Patron Joji Hattori has created something of his own. Sushi, especially O-Toro, is rarely better in Vienna, but the true mastery lies in the creations of this meticulous kitchen.
Krugerstraße 3
1010 Vienna
Austria
91
Nothing more needs to be said about the quality and creativity at Mochi: the sushi, grilled skewers and other delicacies coming out of the kitchen are a pure delight.
Praterstraße 15
1020 Vienna
Austria
Praterstraße 70
1020 Vienna
Austria
Urban and Far Eastern ambience in the mountains of Salzburg. Grilled dishes, ramen and great rolls come from the show kitchen and the sushi master. Japanese gastronomic culture at its best.
Hütten 2
5771 Leogang
Austria
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Nikkei cuisine combines the best of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, a mix that has established itself. Marcel Ruhm also implements it perfectly in the experience kitchen (passionfruit ceviche).
Lambrechtgasse 9
1040 Vienna
Austria
Kuo-Jung "Peter" Pan is an old-school sushi master - and you can taste (and see!) it first hand: the dishes are prepared à la minute, using only the best ingredients, from eel to scallops.
Schottenring 26
1010 Vienna
Austria
Japanese and Korean specialties are on the menu at this small downtown restaurant, where the cooking is of a high standard and sometimes luxurious: finely grilled wagyu. There is also a selection of sake.
Seilerstätte 2
1010 Vienna
Austria
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Both the decor and the menu are authentically Japanese - in addition to good sushi, the bento boxes are also highly recommended. Or you can choose the Gozen options to try a little bit of everything.
Kärntner Straße 44
1010 Vienna
Austria
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On the seventh floor of the Grand Hotel, guests dine on exquisite sushi and Japanese cuisine. The "Kaiseki" and "Gozen" menus showcase the skills of traditional cuisine in a varied fusion section.
Kärntner Ring 9
1010 Vienna
Austria
87
Hiroshi Sakai is a grandmaster of Japanese cuisine: his four- to nine-course menus with soup, starter variations, sashimi, mussels and fish are in a class of their own. Just like the sake pairing!
Florianigasse 36
1080 Vienna
Austria

Streetfood

Fresh and creatively arranged sushi, spicy soups and much more can be found on the extensive menu. Not only delicacies from Japan are offered - Southeast Asian cuisine has much more to offer and must be tried!
Hoher Markt 2
1010 Vienna
Austria
Japanese tapas bar with a fusion cuisine that can easily hold its own internationally. The focus is on natural wines, but there is also a fine selection of sake. The style of local mother Mochi is easily recognisable.
Schleifmühlgasse 8
1040 Vienna
Austria
"Japan modern" is the name of the game in the kitchen. The "Omakase Kanchi" menu is all about trying things out; many courses are shared. Plus great sake accompaniment thanks to Wolfgang Krivanec's insider know-how.
Kleine Pfarrgasse 1
1020 Vienna
Austria
The Numatas mini restaurant in Majolikahaus has a cult following among foodies. Since 2018, it has been serving elaborate starters (tip: seaweed salad, fluffy agedashi tofu) as well as udon and noodle stews. Make a reservation!
Esterházygasse 12
1060 Vienna
Austria
Ramen is one of the most popular street food dishes in Asia. Although the soups are not an appetiser, but a main meal, as the bowls at Shoyu prove. The noodles are homemade and are only added to the steaming broth at the end.
Seilerstätte 10
1010 Vienna
Austria

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