Indooroopilly Shopping Centre has been through some humungous changes in the last couple of years. Due to be finished in the next 6 weeks the work is almost complete. Numerous sweeping changes have happened including an additional hallway that leads from the new David Jones to the yet unveiled, new and improved Meyer Centre.
If you wander around you will note that on the southern end of the mall, outside near the Pig N' Whistle, what once was a parking lot for shipping and receiving, is now a vast array of dining establishments, all of which can only be accessed from outside. There will be something for all tastes, and price ranges. You can have full meals for those with a discerning pallet or just pop in and get some ice cream.
Harajuko Gyoza, one of the new establishments on the block opened their doors a few weeks back. With its wooden, warm interior, lights splashes in from the lovely wide windows. It is lively and loud, bright and cosy.
It would be advisable to leave your strollers outside the door because space is limited, but that said, it is a great social place. As you step through the door life happens at full volume. Music is playing, people are chatting and the place is almost full.
Three lovely ladies work non-stop, in front of a large panoramic window, allowing you to see everything they do to craft the gyoza. The polite young ladies that greet you are speedy, efficient and cheery. Their service is spot on.
Now for those of you who are rookies, gyoza is dumplings, ramen is noodle soup, don is rice and miso is soybean paste.
You can order grilled or poached gyoza with an assortment of fillings. They are tasty and fresh, nicely spiced and made to order. You can order just for yourself or share plates with your friends.
There is vegetarian, specials, salads and desserts as well as don and ramen dishes.. Make sure you order enough dessert for everyone as Nutella and Banana and Salted Carmel gyoza are part of the menu, tempting your taste buds.
The dipping sauce is made at your table, by you. You can add soya, vinegar and chilli to make it as spicy as you like or leave out the chilli pepper. You will also get to hone your chopstick skills, no silverware to be seen.
Now the prices here are so affordable. There is nothing on the menu over $13. You can eat a lot, eat a little, come with friends or by yourself. They are open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.