Erwin has promised me to take me out to Unkai since we got to know each other 5 years ago and he finally fulfilled his promise after a bonus pay. Yay, for extra cash and therefore free food for me! But seriously, thank you again for taking me there Erwin :)

Unkai is a fancy-schmancy Japanese restaurant located at Kärntner Ring 9 in the Grand Hotel.

We opted for teppanyaki since Erwin recommended it to me, and as the person who pays I guess you have more voting power ;)
The basic teppanyaki menu starts with 55€ and goes up to 120€ per person. If you are feeling really generous and hungry.

Included was an appetizer, a salad, then you had a choice of seafood or meat and of course dessert.

I really loved their sencha tea for 4,5€. The tea was perfectly brewed and the right companion for the food.


Greetings of the kitchen was this small portion of fish, which was packed with flavour and quite yummy.


Next up was this appetizer mix with duck and vegetables. I enjoyed the cooked duck the most with that small portion of mustard and the presentation on that specific plate looks really put together for me.


Next up was the salad which we thought was a bit boring in taste. It lacked the seasoning and just got its flavour from that crab sauce.


For mains we had a teppanyaki show of our steaks. The taste was pretty good and I loved the tree different sauces that came with the steak but it was not that soft and I have done better steaks myself. This portion was quite filling and we were glad that dessert was not that big, since our tummy was already stuffed.


Erwin got the regular dessert of black sesame crème brulée with fruits while I got vanilla ice flambé.


I ended up having the flambé vanilla ice-cream with fruits and strawberry sauce. As I like to say: “There is always space for ice-cream!” ;)


The impressive toilet of the Grand Hotel.

How did I like the restaurant?

The teppanyaki chef gave us a good show and I loved the flames that burned the sake while he did my ice-cream, but in the end the fire was more spectacular and I ended having a boring vanilla ice-cream (with a  hint of sake) and fruits for 7,2€ extra.

The food was not bad and I can’t complain about the service but the food is not really worth the price tag for me.
I won’t be planning on coming back again but Erwin and me still had a fun time like always.
Vienna is still missing out on an amazing ramen or okonomiyaki joint. I hope something will open up soon!




7 thoughts on “Unkai

  1. I totally agree with you with the Ramen place. Generally I feel there’s a lack of “real”, affordable Japanese restaurants in Vienna :(

  2. Oh, das ist ja schade, dass das Preis-Leistungs-Verhältnis nicht so der Knüller war.
    Das Steak sieht nämlich echt super aus!!
    Das ist echt total lieb von Erwin, dass er dich dorthin eingeladen hat und ich freu mich, dass ihr trotzdem nen klasse Abend hattet. :)

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