It’s only been three days in Japan but I just can’t help to share what this gyoza restaurant got to offer. Meet Harajuku Gyoza Lou, they only sell gyoza here as the mains and it only comes in two kinds: fried and boiled. Yes, life is that simple over here. Or, maybe not.
Spend a few minutes sitting in the bar area facing the kitchen and you’ll see that in each station lies the accumulation of hours put in perfecting their craft that allows everything runs almost like an autopilot. Its the very same thing everyday that look mundane, but serve the purpose well of maintaining consistency.
I wasn’t just eating gyoza I was witnessing awesomeness cooking up in every piece of dumpling.
Good thing you don’t have to choose here. When in doubt, order everything. Both the fried and boiled one are equally tasty, its just a matter of preference. For me, I’d go for the fried one as it has the smoky flavor that my senses enjoy to smell. I love having the boiled one too as intermissions between fried and the side dishes. Its soft texture is a winner!
Speaking of, the unsung hero hero is the cucumber sides. Cut in huge chunk and served cold in miso sauce. As simple as it sounds, I’m pretty sure it has a lot of fans out there as it cleanse the palate and great for starter as well.
Here’s a tip: keep some of the miso dressing from the cucumber and use it as dipping sauce for your gyoza. Now you just created a brand new blend!
I understand now why this spot right here stood firmly on Trip Advisor as #7 restaurants to check out in Shibuya. I suppose thousands if not millions of tongue couldn’t be wrong. Also someone has made the first step of using the same name and introduce the concept in Australia. Awesomeness inspires!
As I’m here in Japan for the next few days, tune in to my Instagram @captainruby for live stories. In the mean time, bookmark this for your next trip to Japan!
Harajuku Gyoza Lou
6-2-4 Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
Daily 11:30 – Late
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