Are you a fan of Japanese dumplings and beer? If yes, you won't be able to walk past the cutest little anime dumpling face at Harajuku Gyoza, beer and dumplings restaurant on Grey Street in South Bank, Brisbane. Harajuku Gyoza franchises have several restaurants in QLD and one in NSW and are set to open in other locations across Australia.
One evening, I made a reservation at the Harajuku Gyoza restaurant in South Bank, Brisbane, for a night of fun and yum for a family member who was having a birthday. The anime-inspired interior design had a creative edge that made the evening a little more unique for the birthday guest. There were several seated options, a booth, a bar with swivel chairs with views of the flame grill or regular tables with city views. The bar stools are great for those who would like to spend the evening having Japanese sips and sides of dumplings, however for the occasion, we opted for iced green tea and the comfort of a booth. We couldn't get over the kitsch Japanese dinner plates, each plate had a different image.
When in a Japanese restaurant, we usually do as the Japanese do and order the izakaya-style eats with side dishes or condiments being key elements to enhance the flavours of the food. The dishes were so elegantly presented and there were creative options for those who wanted to try something a little unique. For instance, after starters of miso soup, a surprise dish of Octopus balls arrived on our table, amidst the lemongrass chicken and pork dumplings for the entree. Moving on from the Octopus balls, the dumplings were delicious and we somehow managed to use chopsticks to devour these steamed parcels in under ten minutes.
Next, we ordered Yum Bowls for mains and they were consistent with typical Japanese fare of noodles, rice, meat or fish and curry. The fresh, quality ingredients that were the focus of the Yum bowls were cooked in front of you in an open-planned kitchen, which looked exceptionally clean.
Later, the friendly waitstaff surprised the birthday guest with a chocolate birthday cake we had bought from Judy's cake shop for the occasion. We all sang Happy Birthday enthusiastically to the birthday guest, then some of us ordered more desserts. Have you tried the handmade NUTELLA gyozas? Yes, it wasn't a typo, NUTELLA dumplings are on the menu or you can order the famous raindrop cake. Yum!