Originally, we planned to have Viet Sub (mainly because both of us MISS their subs so much); however, they had coincidentally run out of french bread. Of course, we were very disappointed. Then, EU suggested Kingyo, which is on Denman Street. Even though I was not feeling Japanese that day, Kingyo seemed a good idea since I've already heard its name for a couple times. As we were taking #5 bus, EU said she actually meant Gyoza King instead of Kingyo! Luckily I found out the right after we got on the bus......so there we went, the "legendary" Gyoza King.
- Like other izakayas, it opens late at around 5:30-6pm
- Late night
- The first izakaya in Vancouver (?)
- Popular to locals
- Dine in/Take out (Surprisingly, I saw a lot of take-out orders that night)
- One of the biggest Japanese restaurant groups in Vancouver. Chicco, G-Men Ramen Shop, Gyo-O, and Nan Chuu are all under Gyoza King.
- Authentic Japanese restaurant
- Famous in gyozas just as its name implies.
- $6.95/10pcs ($4.95/6pcs)
- Who will leave Gyoza King without trying their gyozas? ;D
- To be honest, I really didn't find anything special with the gyoza. The only thing I could say was the texture of the dumpling wrap. It didn't taste floury or thick; it was thin instead. The proportion of the fillings was acceptable, and for the flavour, I could not say anything about it because it's kinda...stamdard.
- Gyoza King has a special sauce for their gyozas. It has a little bit of vinegar flavour but I think it's basically soy sauce with some additives.
- $3.95 (one of their Today's Special)
- This fish cake is actually squid cake.
- It was actually pretty good; the outside was not too dry and the squid was not mushy at all. Overall, it was soft and chewy.
- $9.25~ (I don't remember the exact price)
- Spicy tuna, tuna sashimi, tuna tataki
- When EU and I looked at the Today's Special menu, we thought this tuna platter was a pretty good deal. So we decided to give it a try.
- The tuna was fresh but I found it's a bit soft for my liking.
- They added some soy sauce to the tuna, which made them more flavourful. But I would rather they serve it without any added sauce. I like it r-a-w :)
- Ok, it's raw this time; however, the tuna was a bit too soft and tasted kind of mushy. I wondered maybe they have defrost the tuna for too long. Hmm....
- Gyoza King did give us a decent amount of tuna chunks!
- The spiciness of the sauce was not too strong. EU said it tasted like tabasco sauce.
- Nothing to shout about really...but I like how they have mixed in another type of seaweed into the greens (even though they didn't give us a lot)
- Somewhat over-priced.
While I was waiting for the bill, I took a look at their menu again and found out their food is more on the traditional side. So if you want to eat some fancy Japanese food, I will suggest you to go to other izakayas instead (e.g. Hapa Izakaya, Guu's branch).