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The Olympics are over and hopefully gone are the raised menu prices and the mandatory 15 - 20 % gratuity.

I took a trip back to Gyoza King and I forgot how good this place is. It saddens me to think that Gyoza King is just getting reviewed now. This place to my memory is one of the first izakayas in Vancouver, maybe Raku on Thurlow is older but I don't think so.

The interior could use an update now and sometimes there is a strange smell in there but those things are worth pushing through just so you can get some of those gyozas in your belly. I am happy that the photo of the staff with John Travolta is still on the wall.

We ordered a few things all of which were good but I want to talk about the gyoza. The prawn and vegetable gyozas are fantastic. The prawn gyoza are hands down best in the city. Each gyoza filled with one whole prawn so you are guaranteed to have prawn piece in every bite.


I always order chikuwa cheese at Gyoza King, I actually don't know another spot in Vancouver that serves this dish. Chikuwa cheese is a processed fish tube, filled with processed cheese and then deep fried. Similar to a jalapeno cheese popper.

Long story short, I forgot how good this place is. My recent visit reminded me that Gyoza King sits at the top of the list when it comes to izakayas in Vancouver.

Gyoza King
1508 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC

Gyoza King on Urbanspoon
Matt

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kickpleat said... @ March 2, 2010 at 10:34 PM

The Clubhouse also has chikuwa cheese. And now I really am craving a prawn gyoza!

The Fledgling Basement Foodie said... @ March 9, 2010 at 1:32 PM

Mmm, Gyoza King! I love this place. The Ebi Mayo is also delicious here, as well as the pork and vegetable gyozas. The Chikuwa sounds like deep-fried Japanese heaven. I think I might have to go down there this week now! Thanks for the reminder!

gronz said... @ March 22, 2010 at 10:50 AM

Definitely the oldest. And the best, most fun, non-manufactured, ambience!

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