This picture of Harajuku Gyoza on Brunswick Street clearly wasn't taken around dinner time because usually there's a queue of customers waiting in line to get their dumpling fix!
It's official. Dumpling fever has taken over Brisbane. First there was Dragonfly
. Next there was The Brunswick Social
. But there's one dumpling hotspot which has really caught my attention this year: Harajuku Gyoza
. This cool new joint on the corner of Brunswick Street and Berwick Street has had queues of gyoza lovers lining up outside every night since opening last November. ...
What is a gyoza? They are like little Japanese dumplings of happiness, because they're cooked crispy on the bottom and steamed juicy on top. And trust me, you're going to need some happiness inside of you stat after waiting in that queue. By the time you get a table, you'll be damn thirsty for a beer and have an appetite the size of Godzilla.
Grilled gyozas, chicken karage and Japanese beer. Did somebody say yum?!
But don't worry. You'll get over your impatience soon enough when the staff greet you with a loud and cheerful 'Irasshaimase' and seat you at your table. On that note, you can choose between sitting at the bar (like sushi train), at a small table or in a booth if you've got a group.
As predicted, the menu's main focus is a selection of poached and grilled gyoza with a selection of complementary side dishes, all of which are best ordered to share. The food comes out pretty quickly so its hello tasty and goodbye hungry. Best of all, they serve the gyoza izakaya-style with beer, wine and sake. We went for the pork grilled gyozas, duck grilled gyozas and chicken karage. And with the grilled goodness of gyozas combined with Kirin beer (served on tap) inside us, we were definitely in Harajuku Happiness.
The Harajuku Gyoza girls are as cute as a button - don't forget to order the sake!
Like all traditional izakayas, this establishment is perfect for a daytime snack, after-work drink, casual dinner date or late night supper. So really, you can come here for any meal of the day... But if you really want to grab some attention whilst dining, then make sure you order the sake. Without giving away the surprise, I can assure you its even more exciting than ordering schnapps at the Bavarian Bier Cafe.
Address: 394 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley
Phone: (07) 3852 4624