pic via Shanghai Tan
Here we go, another round of the Vienna Experience. Shanghai Tan is an Asian restaurant in Vienna´s 6th district in the Gumpendorferstrasse. I wanted to go there for a long time now, since I love Asian food and eat sushi around 2-3 times a week and only heard great stuff about the place.
I really loved the cozy, dark and mystic atmosphere - there are hundreds of lamps hanging down the ceilings that flood the interior with dimmed, red light. Shanghai Tan has two floors, the ground level with tables that are of normal height, and a basement with lots of small lounges and lower teatables. This might not be the most comfortable position to eat in, especially for taller people, but it certainly is the cooler way to have your dinner. You can even get rid of your shoes and sit cross-legged on the benches.
The food tasted amazing, I had the "Edamame" for starters, which are basically boiled soya beans with salt. Then I moved on to "Gyoza", Asian dough pockets filled with meat - best I ever had. Main course had to be Sushi obviously, I went for the "Sake Special" with salmon and avocado, which were great, but they could´ve left out the salmon eggs on top - that just grossed me out. Judith tried some noodles with vegetables and meat and Vicky had the "Sashimi and Avocado" salad and she really really liked it as well.
Over all, I can only recommend the place, which btw belongs together with famous "Ra´Mien" noodle kitchen. I definitely want to show the place to my babe as well since he is an even bigger fan of Asian food than I am. If you go there for the first time, make a reservation for the basement and try the "Lychee Cocktail" after dinner. Service was really attentive and price-performance ratio is close to perfect, even though I find the prices for the sushi sets a bit high.