Long before I got obsessed with macarons I was addicted to eel. I wrote a lot of times about eel before… before this blog’s content were deleted. I remember an instant when I had to search all over the city for a restaurant selling them…lol. Little did I know that they’re sold at the Asian grocery stores by the Naschmarkt. After that discovery I would allot a part of our food budget for eel, even once a month.
Imagine my excitement seeing them at EBI, a Japanese restaurant we visited with friends last week. The joint was established just last year but they already have a big following…I think it has to do with the food, the ambiance and of course, the budget.
(Eel, california maki, butterfish sushi, tuna and salmon sashimi)
Customers are given 6 rounds to order. You will be given a menu where you cross out your choices. Theirs would be the most diverse I’ve seen. Ranging from the usual maki and sushi comprised by salmon, tuna, butterfish to maki of different fillings and temaki too of your choice. There’s sashimi from the freshest fishes (no sea urchin though). They got lobsters and shrimps – but are limited for one order only, additional orders would cost you 4,90€ each.
There’s duck, lamb, pork, beef, chicken, turkey for grilling…be sure you browse each type of cooking and sauces indicated on the dish. There’s gyoza and other dumplings too – I was only able to taste one.
(Spicy tuna roll, I think and california rolls.)
My japanese taste buds opted for well, Japanese, but I did have a bit or two of the others as taste-test. The kids also had everything Japanese but because there was a small playroom they tend to go there than eat. I was a bit disappointed that they didn’t get to enjoy the food as much as I did.
For dessert we tried their ice cream in flavors of vanilla for the daughter, red bean for the older son, black sesame for the little boy and green tea for me. I wasn’t able to taste the green tea as something unexpected happen…I had to leave the table earlier with my youngest to take him to the hospital. 🙁
The restaurant was big and ideal for group-eats. Like us, we reserved about 4 tables to accommodate all the food coming in. hihi. The ambiance, I said, was totally cool and the open kitchen an additional plus. The only thing I think they’d done better is the playroom…the floor were solid cement and thus injured my super active son.
Not minding that, I’d definitely be back for more. At 16,90€ a head, it’s worth saying “tomorrow, I will really start my diet.” 😀
Ebi is located at our district so it would only take us 7 minutes to travel by car, since we don’t have one we take the bus. It takes 25 minutes with public transport (2 buses) so expect to see more of this restaurant here.
All you can eat Japanese Restaurant
Leopoldauerstrasse 45, 1210 Vienna
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