I was very excited for 2 things when I got back to Australia... To see my wonderful friend Miss C and the other was to try Harajuku Gyoza, which I have seen all over my social media streams and desperate to try. We combined the 2!
B & C Gyoza Party!
Even at 8.40pm, there were people lining up to get in.
Fortunately only a few, and diners were finishing up and leaving.
As we make our way in, I am instantly taken with the ambiance. The place is alive with happy patrons, eating, drinking, chatting . The restaurant has a casual feel but still gives the impression that it is somewhere special.
We request a spot by the bar, and the owner is more than happy to fill our request.
The waitresses sing out happy Japanese-isms, tables order Sake, plum wine and beer.
The menu is brilliant in it's simplicity: gyoza (dumplings) served grilled or poached at $8 per plate of 5 (or 3 if ordering prawn); side dishes of miso, rice, edamame (from $3 to $6); and starter-sized mains including chicken karaage and katsudon (from $7 to $11) then the dessert dumplings. And some changing specials.
I order a Kirin, and Miss C a Ginger Beer.
Miss C tells me the ordering process is very laid back, order a small plate, then of you want some more... order some more.
We start with a bowl of edamame, I get the prawn gyoza grilled, and C the pork, also grilled.
As the night goes on the place starts to clear out, but I am still so shocked to see a restaurant so bussling so late on a thursday night. It's exceptional, and the owners must be incredibly proud.
Miss C ends the night with a plate of the chicken karaage, which I get to try and am totally bowled away by.
What a place! It's loud, and it's busy and feels a bit hectic, but all of this is what reminds me of Asia.
Our meal comes to $64 including drinks and we both leave feeling very satisfied.
I wish the owners the best of luck, and judging by it's popularity, Harajuku Gyoza isn't going anywhere, and this makes me happy.
Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley