Potts Point has a new play-thing. A cutesy Japanesey one to boot.
One thats dishing up solid izakaya-style plates with a healthy dollop of fun (and beer) on the side.
The menu is made up of three sections, Gyoza, Izakaya and side dishes. We did our duty and made multiple selections from each.
Starting with the obligatory but ever satisfying agedashi tofu ($7) and edamame ($4).
As it was a monday night I settled for an iced tea, which came looking like a chilled wine which made me infinitely happier about it not being something a little harder.
From the dumpling selection we tried the fried vegetarian($8) and the luscious poached duck($8).
Along with some very delectable beef gyudon ($12) and some crunchy chicken karaage ($8). Did I mention we over ordered? I was excited. It happens. A lot.
We still managed to polish it all off.
The food is all very good. But Harajuku Gyoza is not just about food and drink, its also about having a good ol bit of fun. From the cute harajuku hostess, to the loud chorus of irasshaimases welcoming you, the place is a little bit raucous and highly infectious.
It’s also very polished. Service is based on a north american model, there’s an actual harajuku hostess who will take you to your table and tell you who your server will be by name (ours was the lovely Jade San). They’re also quick on the up-sell and they’ll even point out where you can nominate your tip when they bring the bill. It’s a little bit different for Sydney and not bad for it.
I’d been quietly counting down the days until this minx threw open her doors – I’m so glad she didn’t disappoint. My guess is this play-thing could be a steady thing.
So before everyone wants in on a bit of towns new toy grab your favourite people and head on down for some frivolity with a side of Japanese.
You’ll find Harajuku Gyoza at 9-15 Bayswater Road, Potts Point. The original restaurant can be found at 394 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley, QLD