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“Good-ish, not great.”
Review of Mochi

Ranked #33 of 4,266 Restaurants in Vienna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $23
Cuisines: Japanese
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Leopoldstadt
Vienna, Austria
Level 6 Contributor
182 reviews
123 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Good-ish, not great.”
Reviewed June 12, 2014

While not Viennese, we live in Vienna and we're adventurous eaters. And, let's just say that (fried) Schnitzel and Tafelspitz (boiled beef) has gotten old. I had read the hype on this restaurant and listened to the accolades from friends, and finally got around to having lunch here with my husband and son.

The outdoor setting is wonderful; a beautiful shaded area dappled with sun just off the busy section of Praterstraße. We sat for an early weekday lunch (11:30), and within minutes every table was filled, with people hovering about waiting for an opening. Waitstaff were friendly (ours was a bit forgetful, though).

We started with Edamame, nicely crisp and tossed with a perfect fusion combination of sea salt and horseradish. Our lunches came with either miso soup or salad. The guys declared the miso soup quite good; I enjoyed my mixed green salad with a light sesame dressing--no leaves were drowning in my bowl. I ordered the "Spicy Salmon" sushi with avocado, innovative in that the salmon was finely diced rather than as a whole piece, but more "Austrian spicy" (that is, not at all spicy) than having a true spicy tone. Still, my lunch was good. Our son ordered the Ebi Katsu Don of crispy shrimp atop a daikon and rice bowl that was of good portion and flavor. My husband ordered the Tori Katsu Don, a similar bowl with chicken that was horribly over salted. He reported that when back in the office that afternoon he felt a bit upset from the salt overload.

Will I dine here again? If out with friends who suggest it, then yes, for the sake of consensus. Will I suggest the restaurant? No. It's popular and trendy, but just good-ish, not great, and definitely not worth hovering about waiting for a table.

  • Visited June 2014
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6 Thank TAMember22
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • Finnish first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Charming, hip and very tasty”
Reviewed June 5, 2014

Located on an attractive, small square in the quiet 2nd District, Mochi managed to squeeze us in without a dinner reservation. We were delighted to find it a non-smoking restaurant. We noticed too, that none of the sushi chefs or wait staff were Japanese, and that nothing especially Japanese decorated the premises; but this didn't matter, once the 'Mochi for Two' combination began arriving. The set consists of three plates, arriving one after the other. All were quite tasty, most laudable being the sashimi--not quite, but nearly melt-in-the-mouth tender, with a nice assortment that included octopus. The waitress was kind to bridge a few language barriers, and to compensate for jet lag-addled social skills. We enjoyed our meal very much.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank BMGibbs
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Warsaw, Poland
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed May 29, 2014

Reading the many positive reviews you can't help but conclude that either a hype or some serious Tripadvisor-rigging is going on. The food is not bad - but nothing special. A bit on the fusion-side - caught in the middle. Only a fraction of the staff is actually Japanese and so is the atmosphere. As this restaurant is slightly off the beaten track, I don't recommend searching for it and going all the way to there: You can get significantly better Japanese food in downtown Vienna. Prices are modest.

  • Visited May 2014
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25 Thank Albin S
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Geneva, Switzerland
Level 6 Contributor
176 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“A great place”
Reviewed May 15, 2014

It is an extremely busy and trendy place requiring you to make reservations well in advance. It is all worth it as the dishes are innovative and tasty. We especially like the combinations of texture and flavour in their sushi rolls.

Visited May 2014
Thank Etmo89
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Vienna, Austria
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great food in a cosy atmosphere”
Reviewed May 13, 2014

The food here is wonderful - really fresh and full of flavour. You will not regret trying the Sake Teriyaki which comes with Kimchi and is beyond words.

Visited March 2014
Thank ToChiU
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