Harajuku Gyoza Lou is a casual restaurant in Tokyo, Japan, known for their delicious dumplings. They have a 4.2 star rating from 3000 eaters on TripAdvisor.
Between 11:00 - 3:00, they serve larger items like ramen, soup and rice sets for an average price of ¥900. Their dinner menu is designed for drinking. We ate here in 2017 and 2020 and both dinners were great drunken experiences 🍻
TIP: Their official address says Shibuya but the quickest way to get to the restaurant is to get off Harajuku station and walk 6 minutes. The restaurant is located near Tokyu Plaza Omotesando, the iconic 'mirror-frame' shot on Instagram.
These little bad boys were the classic pan fried pork dumplings, 6 pieces for ¥290. They were small, packed with meat and full of savoury sweet pork flavours. The pastry was soft and moist, contrasting with the crunchy fried side. With the chewiness and juice from the pork, each dumpling tasted fun and delicious to eat. This was our favourite out of the three. It was a great drinking food and a cheap snack.
We got some steamed dumplings with garlic and chives, also 6 pieces for ¥290. The pork was juicy and savoury, just like the pan fried ones but the chives added a bitter and garlic freshness to the bite. Personally, I'm not a fan of large chunks of chives so this dumpling was not my favourite but it was still really good to eat.
Yum, time for some original steamed pork dumplings, also 6 for ¥290. I think they used a standard pork mince for their filling because these dumplings were just as delicious as the others, except it was more juicy and moist from being steamed. Even if it was not that great, we wouldn't have minded because each dumpling was worth 50 cents. So good!
We never realized a simple cucumber and miso could taste so appetizing. We demolished it and ordered another 2 portions, with each bowl at ¥250. The cucumber was refreshing. The 'special made' miso paste was creamy and had a sweetened touch to it, like sukiyaki sauce 🤔 that made every piece delicious.
For ¥250, we got fresh cabbage to cut through the alcoholic haze with its acidity. I know it's a simple dish but I took a photo and edited it so I'm gonna post it LOL
Finally, this was their bean sprouts with a special made meat sauce for ¥250. It honestly tasted like water and meat. There was nothing amazing about it but it was a great bite to have to compliment the dumplings.
We know their dinner menu does not have many items so we recommend getting one (or two) or each and then heading off to your next dinner session (or stopping by 7/11 for an egg sandwich because why not? You're in Japan 👅).
Thanks for reading! Happy eating!