Somewhere in the corner of Passage 81, a blue neon sign flickers above a traditional Japanese restaurant. It is Soya, a destination restaurant for a quick, cheap bite after a hard day’s shopping—and its population reflects that. It is nothing short of swamped during lunch and dinner, making the slower hours in the late afternoon the ideal dining time.
Though its premises are unassuming, the eatery does yield an ambient outdoor courtyard garden good for summer months. Otherwise, it’s the smorgasbord of crowdpleasers that’s the main draw: tempura, bento boxes, sashimi and maki are the no-fail accompaniments to this respite from the Mariahilfer throngs.