There are 5 restaurants with 2 Michelin stars in Vienna and 9 with one star. From all of them, and a plethora of other worthtrying restaurants, without stars, I chose for our Saturday night fine dining in Vienna, exactly Shiki and I am extremely satisfied with my decision!
As always I searched the internet for the info to target the most interesting 2 restaurants to visit for the short time we were in Vienna. I read a lot. Especially on Tripadvisor, where I publish parttially my reviews. The most I pay attention to are the answers of the managers of the restaurants/hotels to criticism. Some day I will write an article exactly for this type of cusotmer management, but this will happen in the future after a little research on the topic.
Exactly one such answer by the owner of Shiki, Joji Hattori, impressed me a lot and I decided that this is exactly the place I want to visit. Hattori-San accepts criticism and apologizes for the mistakes made by the staff of the restaurant with great dignity, tells about the concept of the restaurant, about the Japanese tradition, of his desire to do things well as an inner need, not for recognition.
…. Very cool interior, bistro type– modern, Japanese minimalism, the toilet seems to be another world with smart seat and proper instruction for its use :), bed with plush upholstery for resting, living tree, classical music for relaxation and hand cream, so that your skin is soft after you wash your hands;
…. Visible behind a big window kitchen, so you can see what is happening there;
…. The sushi masters who skillfully work at the open sushi bar.
…. The waiters are young people, who communicate with ease with the customers, behave friendly rather than haughty, as expected in a cliché for a restaurant with a Michelin star;
…. All kinds of playful textures in the food– crispy vegetables, crisps, green cucumber, which is even crisper than ripe, tender jellies, fine sauces, lean meats.
…. Funk, covers in the Caribbean arrangement, Caro Emerald– nice music;
…. Relaxing classical music in the toilet, it’s like you’re in a whole other place where you can take a break from the noise of a dynamic city.
…. When you enter the restaurant you feel that they are working with fish, because the sushi masters are here and they do with measured, precise movements wonderful appetizing rolls.
…. Sushi– very tasty, there are variants with tempura from softshell crab, shrimp and any other;
…. Venison– very lean, right on the edge of medium and well-done;
…. Turbot in three variants– all three very interesting and lightweight;
…. Sorbet– they will surprise you with exceptional variations;
…. Only in one of the dishes I had a lobster, which was an idea stringy, but it is common in this type of seafood, and anything else around it on the plate was at an exceptional level.
Here is a movie that I made about Shiki. It is very special, since the music in it is composed by the talanted young Bulgarian composer Martin Alexandrov, especially for it. Check out the YouTube channel of placescases.com, subcribe for it and then don’t miss to visit Martin’s YouTube channel and to subcribe for it too. 🙂
The Riesling that we were recommended with our food was wonderful, 2015, Fink & Kotzian Berg und Meer Riesling, with a very original label.
All the pleasure of our wonderful dinner we owe to Chef Alois Traint, who is responsible for the menu and the kitchen, and the main master of the beautiful sushi is Masahiro Yamada.
When we visit Vienna next time, I do not know how we will resist the insistence of the children to go back to Shiki- they loved it so much!. So, see you soon, back there! 🙂
A: Vienna, Krugerstrasse 3, 101 Vienna, Austria
T: + 43 1 512 73 97
Open hours: Tuesday-Saturday 12:00 – 24:00
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