Gyoza King is just down the street from Robson's trendy shopping strip and worth the walk for gyoza and other traditional Japanese dishes.
This is a tiny restaurant on Robson. It's a bit of a hike down Robson, but worth it. Sort of a Japanese bistro. You may have to wait a bit as it is small. The food is very good, and cheap. Service is attentive. They seem to have lots of staff. The ambiance is Great. You feel like you are in Japan.
My partner had a large bowl of Don Buri, I had the tuna sashimi, the Chicken karagi, and a bowl of rice. We shared a large bottle of Japanese beer and a plate of Gyoza. The Total bill -- $37. Pretty hard to beat in downtown Vancouver.
Last time i came here was over 5yrs ago! i remember it being pretty good but it's just kinda out of my way i guess...until this week.
Food: tapas style so be sure to order more! the dishes are small and meant for sharing. everything was good! beef tataki, chives & pork gyoza, beef short ribs, oyako don, beef yakisoba, stuff mushrooms, deepfried chicken...some of the dishes are so simple and basic yet they were able to add a unique flavour to it! presentation was good too.
Service: nothing bad...nothing outstanding either. went on a tues nite so wasnt too busy. sat at the bar first then was seated at a reg table so it would be easier to share.
Ambiance: nice quaint little place. totally casual hangout spot. feel free to go w/ good friends for a couple of drinks, good food, and good conversation.
Though I feel it's been way overrated in what I heard about Gyoza King prior to my visit to the place. Their gyoza, I'm assuming is the signature dish, was a bit on the dry side for me. Not very tasty, and definitely not at all juicy, the way I like them. What is good about it is the thin batter used--the way I like them--nice and crispy. As a matter of fact, most everything else I've tried actually tastes better than the gyoza by far. Very busy, very crowded, but very lively. Longish waits and you are truly elbow to elbow with the next table or the person squeezed next to you on the bar.
Went there on a Fri night and had to wait for a table which was ok until a couple cleared out, leaving an empty table sitting there while we were waiting for 30 min, looking at the empty table. Waitresses are really nice but that's if they even get to you. Didn't have anyone take our orders for 15 min. After taking our orders, it took 20 min to get our food. And when we ordered additional food, it took 30 min (for some mushrooms!!!). Had to ask for refills on tea continually through our meal. Could tell that other patrons were not happy.
Food was great though. Not greasy at all and I really like their Oyako-Don and chicken gyoza... Mmmmm...
It's really squishy/cozy in there but if you dont mind, it's actually quite nice.
Went by during late weeknight as found it about 1/2 empty as I heard it gets busy all the time. Ordered 2 types of gyoza's and they were good. Wouldn't say they were that much better than any other authentic Japanese places but just good. Had the beef salad which had nice ginger dressing, the fish cakes which were a bit on the soft side and the ebi mayo, very good. Service was great and the ambiance was probably the best out of it all. Price is reasonable for what you get. Would return.
My gf and I walked in on a Sunday evening for a late dinner. We missed the rush hour influx and were seated immediately.
We ordered 10 dishes total, including whole mackerel, saba miso and a few other fried delights, but what stood out to us were the softbone chicken joints and the beef tongue skewers, both of which we ordered twice. All were tasty but there were negative aspects of each dish. The chicken joints were too salty while the beef tongue, which had a simple but addictive light marinade, was quite a tough piece, even for beef tongue. The spring rolls were typical, as were the takoyaki balls and the salmon marinated sashimi didn't work too well with the sauce, altering the texture of the salmon too much. My gf noticed right away how this location is tailored more towards the area. Also, you don't get water or tea!
Service was ultra slow, both servers and kitchen speed. Seems to be a synonymous with Izakaya dining if not a coincidence. We didn't get any checkups from the staff but I will say that when you do get their attention, they are amazingly friendly. Minus another point for service in relation to number of dining patrons.
Pretty ratty on the inside, but the norm for an asian outfit. Table space is tight so respect your neighbours.
Overhyped? Yes. It's good but not great. Still, I would come back.
I love love love Gyoza King. I always start with the tofu salad, and I'm not that big on tofu...but they put it in a miso dressing which the tofu absorbs, and it ends up tasting so good.
All their sashimi is awesome. So luscious...just had the sashimi with cucumber marinated in a citrus-soy vinagrette, wrap the salmon around the cucumber, amazing. All their sashimi is excellent, very fresh. Their fish dishes are good in general...had some kind of fish in a miso sauce once...I think I just love their miso sauce.
Their gyozas are ok, a good filler, but nothing too special. Tried their...I forget what it's called, obek-den?? Different things like fishcake, radish, tofu, etc. that you can get in some kind of broth...didn't really understand the appeal. Maybe it's nice during cold winter nights. Last time my friend had the udon, this time he wasn't particularly interested, so maybe it's not that good...I don't really go to gyoza king for noodles in soup anyways. Also did not like the raw squid or octopus, couldn't even finish the dish, but that just might be personal preference since everyone else finished it for me.
Also, hear the deep-fried prawns are good...the ebi-mayo prawns...but since I swore off deep-fried foods and mayonnaise, I wouldn't know.
Prices are decent for those small plates. Wouldn't say it's exceptional value, but compared to other similar style restaurants, it's pretty good.
I like the service here. Fast, friendly and efficient. I agree the place could use a facelift, but cute atmosphere...they've always got good jazz playing in the background. A great place to snack and sit back.
What do you think of when you see "Gyoza King"? I expected something unique and varieties of flavor. I expected something cool and exciting. But to my disappointment, their gyoza is not much better than the ones from the frozen section at the supermarket.
I tried GK because I love gyoza, and I wanted to see what the buzz was about. Mrs. C and I had marinated seared tuna, rice in fish soup with chicken and a little plum paste to make it sour, shitake mushrooms stuffed with chicken, beef tongue yakitori and of course shrimp/pork gyoza.
The ambience was not terrific. the place was dirty and cramped, but the w/c was clean, and the servers were enthusiastic if not too competent. I don't look Japanese so I can't figure why they thought I would understand. Kind of like how Americans think if they talk slow to "furiners" they will be understood. Anyway, that is a minor quibble.
The food was tasty, and not what I am used to. The portions were ridiculously small for the hefty prices, but packed with flavour. The gyoza was regal in its way, but the dumplings were a little dry and too small. It was great to try something different, but I think I will go to Guu or some other place next time.
Went here right when they opened on a saturday with a friend.
We didn't really know what to order, so we decided to play it safe and order a cheese croquette, chicken teriyaki ramen and chicken teriyaki udon.
The service was kinda slow in the beginning, but it got better later on, with frequent refills, etc. The food came out pretty quickly too.
Cheese croquette was delicious. It was crispy on the outside and cheesy and smooth on the inside.
My friend had the chicken teriyaki ramen, and the noodles were alright. But when we tasted the soup, we both agreed it was way too salty. The udon however, was good, but not great...and soup was much better.
I wish we could have ordered more of the small plates, and a yaki udon. I need another visit to see if they can wow me. The servings are filling, and the dessert place right beside has reallly good parfaits and green tea ice cream with mochi. Definitely check that place out!
We recently hit Gyoza King for some late evening snackage. The chicken karaage is some of the best we've had outside of Japan- juicy dark meat in a deliciously salty, crunchy coating. With loads of Japanese mayo.
The service is nicely efficient, and orders arrive promptly. It's not the most shiny place in the world, but as a izakaya, we're not expecting it to be. We've never been disappointed with Gyoza King, and will go all the way across town for their cheese-stuffed deep-fried squid. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!
I visit Gyoza King pretty much every Friday since that's the only weekday they're open for lunch. They have a wide selection of lunch boxes priced in the $10-15 range. Food tastes amazing and is also well portioned. To top it off, the staff always provides friendly service. Only complaint I can have for this place is they're only opened one of the five days during the work week. Or I'd be there almost everyday!
The gyozas here are okay, nothing special for the name of the restaurant. I‘ve been here 4 times in the last 2 years just to see if anything has changed. Nope. Same old. Its great because they are open late and we normally don‘t need to wait in line after 10pm compared to other Japanese Izakaya restaurants and other ramen houses. Service is okay here. The oden here is not that good, the soup is kinda bland. Sashimi is fresh. This place is just okay.
This is still our family's favorite restaurant. We keep going back after all these years and order the same things (pork & chive gyozas, gyu-shabu salad, chicken udon, etc). It always tastes delicious and consistent. Sure there's the occasional mistake but the food tastes like it does in Japan. The service is good; those girls hussle so tip em good. The place needs a facelift but as long as it's clean, who cares. Please add natto back on the menu!
I like this place a lot. I have tried maybe 8 dishes on the menu and have enjoyed all of them.
Their gyoza are very well done, and the selection of fillings is hard to find elsewhere. still, pork always wins in my book.
The servers were sort of out of it, however, but still very nice. A bit of a language barrier explains it.
Avoid the sashimi because you are not going to get your money's worth
Ebisu could learn a thing or two from a place like Gyoza king.
The food is fresher, tasier and even though the place isnt as trendy i dont go to a restaurant for the ambience i go for the taste. Ebi Mayo was the first thing i got and though it was small i can still taste the creamy slightly hot sauce that came ontop of 5 mediumish batterd prawns. The Tuna sashimi was fresh. The gyozas were packed with filling (I got pork, chives and shrimp)
And i had a udon dish which was buttery and came with mushrooms, i hear this is the place all the chefs from neighbouring restaurants come after work since its open late so thats always a good sign. For two people it came to about 35$ pretty good deal to fill us up. Some dishes are small but i came for the taste and didnt mind if you want bang for your buck get the udon dishes which are large and filling. The Ambiance is solid and looks like it needs a new look but its still cozy non the less and the servcie was great and are food came quickly and politly. Definitly a new favourit spot!
When GK first open they were more like Ezogiku serving Ramen noodles and Gyoza's exclusively. Then a while back they changed their format and made it more Izakaya style. And they stayed open later at nite and still do today. Like most Izakaya's they try to keep things fresh. So if you go later at nite some items like the black cod wont be available. It is a small place and easy to fill the place up.
The ambient is pretty intimate and they probably can't take larger reservations. The food is pretty consistent though sometimes when i go later at nite the food is not as good. Last week when i was there the ebi mayo was greasy and soggy. I agree that the gyoza is not the best here despite the name.
The server are pretty attentive but may need a reminder and never have an attitude. Will prob be back just cause it is open later at nite.
If you have good timing, you'll arrive when there's no line-up or a table has just opened up. Otherwise, be prepared to wait.
You'll forget all about the wait once you start eating. They have good gyozas, ebi mayo, and seared ahi tuna. The soup base for the nabeyaki udon was so good we almost drank all of it! Miso-flavoured black cod was great. Yakitori chicken and eggplant were very oily though.
Tables here are very close-set. Hard not to overhear others' conversations. Dimly-lit with nice decor. Waitresses are polite, not too friendly, but they do their job.
Overall, I'd recommend this place to others if you're looking for good Japanese food and don't mind waiting.
I have been to the Richmond Nam-Chuu Gyoza king half a dozen times and it was my first visit to the Robson location. The decor here is very non-chalant, and space is at a premium (we were sitting 3 inches away from a neighboring couple) but nonetheless, it has a homely feel to it and I guess that makes it great for a casual night out for izakaya fare.
The food was very good - the smoked salmon salad, negitoro, pork gyozas, chicken yakiotori, beef short ribs and ebi mayo were all well done. I found the negitoro awesome - chopped fresh tuna with green onions shaped like a giant meatball, with wasabi on the side, grated daikon, and shiso leaf. It was refreshing and light. But what stood out the most was the Wild Mushroom Yaki Udon - suprisingly, it tasted like a Japanese version of an Alfredo - so buttery and so velvety - this is perhaps the single dish that made my evening.
Total for two, including a coke was 45.40.
Gyoza King is always our first choice in the West End when we get together with our friends to have a good time. The food is delicious, the servers are very friendly (though sometimes a little hard to understand), and the tables clear rather quickly making it definately worth the wait.
Just thinking about the food now makes my mouth water. The sushi is very fresh, order the assorted sashimi and you'll be very happy. There are so many of dishes that stand out: Saba Miso, the Gyozas, Beef Tataki. The Kinoku Yaki Udon (Mushroom Udon) is delicious and one of my favourite dishes in the city.
If you see something familiar on the menu from other japanese restaurants, order it and be surprised. For example, the agedeshi tofu is not only beautifully presented but also delicious. Expect to spend 30 bucks a person on a meal (with beer) but it's worth every penny.
The only complaint is that the specials aren't too different each time we go and we 'have' to have the same old meals that we have grown to love.
We'll continue to be regulars!