I hope you’re hungry because we’re visiting Koinonia today, a Viennese restaurant which serves up delicious Thai, Korean and Japanese cuisine. Let’s share this steaming pot of genmei rice tea and discuss what we will order, shall we? Get ready, because my Koinonia restaurant review will make you hungry.
The interior is quite minimalist – white tables and red walls decorated with wooden masks. Red is supposed to increase your appetite, so I’m guessing they hired a sneaky designer. Oh, here comes the menu! To see what the restaurant has to offer, click “read more”. Ready your spoon, because it’s about to get steamy…
…with a bowl of tom yam kung (4.60 €), a spicy Thai soup with scampi and champignons. The savoury stew has a lovely strong flavour, although the cook went a little heavy on the fish sauce.
Next up we have the duck teriyaki (10.70 €) – crisp pieces of duck resting on a bed of bamboo sprouts. There’s nothing novel about the execution of this popular Japanese dish, but a well-done traditional recipe is often more satisfying than an attempt at redefining a time-tested classic.
And here comes the Korean dak bulgogi (10.20 €), a spicy mix of chicken and grilled veg. It didn’t make a strong impression on me – the chilli added a nice kick, but the overall effect was slightly underwhelming.
The real pièce de résistance is the kimchi samgyeopsal (10.20 €). Samgyeopsal is traditionally made of pork belly and is usually grilled right in front of the diner. In Koinonia we don’t get to participate in the cooking process, but that might be for the best – I’m sick of cooking for myself anyway. The dish’s finger-licky garlicky spiciness warms you on the inside and, although I had to sniffle my way through it, the spice doesn’t mask the flavour.
If you’re in Vienna and want to enjoy some authentic Asian cuisine, I wholeheartedly recommend you visit Koinonia. Their choice of Thai, Korean and Japanese dishes should satisfy even the pickiest eaters. Their sushi is also great and incredibly fresh.
Opening times: 11:30 am – 3:00 pm & 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm everyday
Address: Klostergasse 37 (corner of Währingerstrasse), Wien 1180
Phone number: +43 01 479 5964