The plan to meet only for drinks derailed after two glasses of wine. It was also not warm and with no food in the belly, drinking is rather hard. So while downtown we decided on the spur of the moment to eat Asian food at Ginseng. The rather nondescript exterior gives way to an uninspired interior. But sometimes you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
My friend ordered the vegetarian gyoza, a staple dish for her, while I got the hot and sour soup. Something I really like on a cold day. The soup was hot, full of flavor, and with lots of veggies, meat, and tofu bites. An excellent starter to quiet the worst of my hunger.
The vegetarian gyoza also got good ratings. They had a nice color and fried aroma. There was enough filling and it was seasoned. So the gyoza met with agreement.
We also differed on the main dish front. She went for something that looked like a California roll, while I just wanted to have some carbohydrates. I ended up ordering fried noodles with chicken. Both dishes were nothing adventurous, but when well executed a classic comfort food. The noodles stuck together, had a nice spice level and overall good seasoning. I polished the plate off in no time.
The roll turned out to be winner as well and there were only happy faces around. Actually the roll looked so good that someone from the next table asked for a piece. But of course, my friend was not into sharing.
Overall a visit to Ginseng is an enjoyable experience. Maybe not with a date, but when you look for a bite to eat and are in the area. Then it’s definitely worth to look it up. Yours, Pollybert
Ginseng – Asian Cuisine (HOYE Asian Cuisine)
1010 Wien, Vorlaufstraße 5
Tel: +43 1 5339656