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Gyoza King

1508 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6G1C2
Tel: (604) 669-8278
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Izakaya, Japanese
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Meals: Dinner
  • Gyoza King is just down the street from Robson's trendy shopping strip and worth the walk for gyoza and other traditional Japanese dishes.

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Gyoza King=Happy Tummy Place
By redhairedgrrrl of East Vancouver, BC (12 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, January 22, 2013 - 12:27am [Dine in]

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!

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I Love Fridays!
By dekay of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 29, 2012 - 11:05am [Dine in]

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!

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Decent Prices, Lackluster Food
By saintvlas22 of Vancouver (downtown) (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, January 4, 2012 - 5:20pm [Dine in]

Went here after a movie for a late night bite with the sister.

Ambiance: Small as can be! It's a tight squeeze, and you'll find yourself pretty close to other tables, to the point of personal space invasion.

Service: The place only had one waitress when we were here, but she was quick and attentive, not to mention friendly.

Value: Less than $30 for two people? For the locale, that's practically a steal.

Food: Deep fried shrimps in mayo was tasty. I had salmon/tuna sashimi on top of rice. I expected a little more... flair to the dish. It was 6 not-too-big pieces of sashimi for a whole bowl of rice, and it got bland quick. I had to lay on some soy sauce and wasabi to get through it all. My sister's breaded pork cutlet bowl was better, as it had some sauce and egg in it, as well as some onions I took for myself.

Perhaps I didn't get the right thing off the menu, but the experience was rather disappointing. I wanted to like Gyoza King, but it just underwhelmed me.

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Great Ambiance , Good Food, Cheap Two dined for $37
By millar of New Westminster, Vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, March 26, 2011 - 8:10pm [Dine in]

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.

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Kampai!
By adamelnyk of West Vancouver, (4 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 2:10am [Dine in]

When I was a chef, this is the one place that I would come to consistently with other chefs I knew. After work this place just felt like home. The servers knew us and the atmosphere was more familiar than my right hand. I would go so far as to call it a Vancouver staple for unpretentious, Japanese pubs. The food is good, but I go because it is a great place to hangout with friends, share some laughs, and of course, some beers. If you need more specifics, the Gyo King Maguro is nice, and so is the Ebi Mayo. As for salad, the Gyu Shabu is very nice with daikon, lettuce, carrots, beef, dressed in a ponzu vinaigrette. If your preferential to spending your weekend nights at places where you don't have to shout at your friends to talk to them, then Gyoza King might just be your new Friday or Saturday night hangout.

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not as good as before...
By foodiegoodie of Burnaby B.C (3 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, July 21, 2010 - 9:15am [Dine in]

my boyfriend and i use to love going to gyoza king for their good portions and reasonable prices. i went there last week with two other friends and the food portion is definitely not the same as before. it's actually quite sad and disappointing. the service was not as attentive as before as well and the restaurant wasnt even full. we had to ask things several times when they should've been automatic, ie. refilling waters and taking our empty plates away.

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More about it than the food.
By cocoeater of vancouver (323 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 2:58pm [Dine in]

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.

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Overhyped and a little disturbing
By suckafree of Richmond (2 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, November 13, 2009 - 1:40pm [Dine in]

I remember my friend told me that Gyoza King (along with some other Japanese restaurants on Robson) buy their "homemade" gyoza frozen from Hon's, a Chinese restaurant famous for their wontons. This shocked me. I refused to believe it at first because I lived in Japan for two years and I would never think that a Japanese restaurant would source their food from Chinese people and pass it off as their own. The Japanese consumer is very discerning and do not accept low quality substitutes.

Unfortunately, the Robson consumer apparently is not.

FOOD: We ordered the gyoza just to test it out and it was bland and definitely looked and tasted like frozen gyoza bought from a supermarket.

DRINK: I saw an ad for awamori shochu on the wall and told my friend I had the pleasure of drinking this excellent variety of shochu made famous by Okinawa. One of the distinctive things about awamori is that it's always at least 30% alcohol by volume. Below is a clipping from the Wikipedia page:

"Awamori is typically 60 proof(30% alcohol), although "export" brands (including brands shipped to mainland Japan) are increasingly 50 proof (25% alcohol). Awamori is aged to improve its flavor and mellowness. Some brands of awamori (notably hanazake) are 120 proof (60%) and will catch fire."

My friend wanted to try some so I ordered two on the rocks, no water (~$22 total). I was specific about the "no water" part because I wanted my friend to taste the full flavour. What we got was clearly regular shochu on the rocks - definitely not 30% alcohol. I was shocked again and had an internal debate about whether to bring it up to the staff; complaining about the food in any restaurant is extremely rude by Japanese standards, and these people were Japanese. But I was sure that the drink is not what I ordered and they probably substituted less expensive regular shochu (~15% alc.) thinking I could not tell the difference, which insulted me.

I sent the drink back and the waitress was initially surprised I could tell the difference. I told her I lived in Kyushu for two years and I am a big fan of shochus from all over Japan. She insisted it was awamori and that I must be too much of a "strong drinker" to not notice 30%. But 30% is 30%. When one drinks 15% and 30%, the difference is obvious to anyone except perhaps a deceased person. She then suggested it was perhaps because she added water, despite me asking her not to. She gave me another shot to see if it was the same, but I was already thinking about leaving and never coming back.

Watch out for these so-called Japanese establishments. Some of them will misrepresent their goods in a very distasteful way that does damage to the image of Japanese quality and cuisine as a whole.

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Above average, but not by much
By Bonka of Vancouver (464 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 2:13am [Dine in]

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.

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The best Gyoza in Vancouver
By quart of Downtown, Vancouver (9 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

Food: This is one of my favourite Japanese restaurants in Vancouver, and they have bar none the best gyoza. I personally think the Pork Prawn and Chive gyoza are the best and would recommend those as a benchmark dish. Other recommended dishes I would recommend are: the hamachi special when they have it; ginger pork and ginger beef sets; and the udon or ramen noodle soups. Personally I'm not so into the fish specials like mackerel, etc.

Service: Has always been excellent here. All the employees are always cheerful and polite, including the waitresses and the chefs behind the counter. I've been here many times and only once had to return something which was overcooked, which they immediately replaced with apologies and also gave us an extra tofu dish which is always great. Also, we went out of town for a while and when we came back they recognised us and gave us a free appetizer to start the meal as a welcome back; I've never had that happen at any other restaurant I've frequented.

Value: Good value, you can spend $8-12 per person and get a filling, good quality meal. Brought many friends and co-workers here and they always like it.

Ambiance: Great feeling here. Friendly employees, lots of happy noise from customers and good energy. Comfortable and clean surroundings. They pack a lot of people into the small space but it always feels cozy and intimate, like you're surrounded by friends.

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If you like to experience Japanese Life Style!
By sup9jai of Vancouver (7 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 6:56pm [Dine in]

Gyoza King is one of the best Izakaya in Vancouver, and this explains why their line at the door is always long. They offer a wide range of traditional plus a few inspiring dishes. Must trys are their gyoza(dumplings), (if you like total raw beef) gyu yukke, and a tofu dish that I don't remember the name. Servicewise, it is just like the tiny restaurants in Osaka, Japan. If you have chance try to sit by the bar and talk to the kitchen staffs. Plus if you sit there, you can ask them for extra seaweed, order to them and stuff like that.

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Another visit might make me love this place
By kells of yaletown (27 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 10:51pm [Dine in]

My boyfriend wanted to try this place out as he'd heard that the gyozas were the best in town. We visited with a friend on a Sunday afternoon with the intention of having a quick snack and then heading home for dinner. We arrived and fortunately were seated quickly however we took the last seats in the house which were quite cramped near the door to the bathroom. The server didn't speak very good English but she conveyed the message that we should order quickly as the food might take awhile. She did not explain why it might take awhile but we waited around an hour (after ordering) for a few servings of gyozas to arrive.
The quality of the gyozas was high however there was still no explanation as to what the wait was and when I had been trying to ask where the food was the server didn't seem to comprehend what I was saying. I understand I had been warned but when you're told there is a wait you think perhaps 20 minutes at the most. The other issue I had was that the server didn't know which gyozas were which. This would have been okay as we were all sharing except that I'm a vegetarian and preferred not to eat the meat gyozas.
The reason I would like to go back is that the atmosphere was very cosy and made me feel like it would be a fun place to idle away a few hours eating, drinking and talking. I also see the mark of a good restaurant when you're in a Japanese restaurant and almost everyone eating there is Japanese. The final thing I liked was the disclaimer on their door "we do not sell sushi but we will introduce you to lots of other great Japanese food" or something along those lines.

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Delightful
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 11:38am [Dine in]

I took my cousin for dinner her on her bday. Ordered the usual ebi mayo, salmon sashimi, butter clam udon, and last but not least ebinira gyoza. All dishes were prepared well and tasted delicious. Service is pretty good no complaints. Prices are fair. Drinks are yummy. Overall a great establishment!

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Yum yum yummy
By dal of van (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 6, 2009 - 12:00am [Dine in]

Don't know why everyone is hating on GK.. I've been a fan for over a decade... love udon bowl, ebi-mayo, agadashi tofu, chicken karrage, and prawn gyoza.. and the vodka drinks are strooonnng ... always nice. Servers are nice - place is cute.. and the food is pretty cheap...open late makes it a frequent spot for me....

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Looks like Iw ill go against most reviews
By poserthree1 of New Westminster BC (2 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 1, 2009 - 8:34pm [Dine in]

Oh well, this one is real.
The food was loaded with soda or watever the Asians make your tongue have that burning sensation...All of us had that burning sensation almost for two days after we went there. Service is poor. Waitresses dont even come back after you have ordered the main dish and are dressed like they are at home (this ain't Cactus Club). They would just keep walkin up and down the counter for no reason -- just to show off that they r busy doin some work...but in reality they would be doing nothing...i have been recomending my friends to avoid this place...you r better off going to Burger King/Taco bell or any fast food joint, rather than pay the money expecting good food from a renowed Asian veg.restaurant. A shame for the area !!!

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Nevertheless Japanese
By freedommetal of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 7:52pm [Dine in]

They do not, repeat do not, serve sushi, sachimi here but nevertheless they are a Japanese restaurant cafe. The rstaurant emphasizes a dislike for sushi which suits me fine but as fara s quality of food, lack of service and value Gyoza King is throughly a japanese restaurant. The food is cheap but you get what you pay for. They serve pasta dishes, salads and egg rice mixes. The food is cooked but you can do better at nearly any restaurant in town in all terms

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I prefer other places
By narnian of Kitsilano, Vancouver (8 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, July 24, 2009 - 1:56pm [Dine in]

Food:
Delicious Pork+Chives Gyozas - the other two kinds (pork, and shrimp) was not as good but still fair. The ebimayo was alright, a solid 3 but not the best. However, the buttered scallop/mushrooms were disappointing. It tasted too strong (not garlic but rather mushroom-seafood). Food also took quite a while to come.

Service:
Decent, but the hostess/waitress girl had trouble understanding some of the things I said.

Value:
Comparable to other izakayas.

Ambiance:
Dim, a little old, not very loud for an "izakaya". Solid.

Overall:
Decent but I prefer to go to other places.

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My favourite izakaya
By justgoodfood of main.st,vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - 10:45pm [Dine in]

I love qyoza king! its one,if not my favorite japanese restaurant in vancouver. I have late night cravings and i'm so happy that they are open late...everyday! i always try something new, specially when they have specials. but i always have to get their Tofu Salad and salmon sashimi. It is sooooooo good. it is a little bit of a wait, no surprise there. But the servers are always so nice and the food is well worth the wait.

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Nothing says Vancouver like Gyoza King
By superhunkdougal of Vancouver (21 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 11, 2009 - 1:07am [Dine in]

As a chef I love eating here late at night: cheap, tasty, and relaxing.

As a Vancouverite I love taking my visiting parents here: friendly service, unique menu items, and a sweaty/fun atmosphere you won't find outside of Vancouver.

The food here is always delicious. Simple and to the point. Most recently I had monkfish livers with ponzu sauce (a strong liver taste + a strong ocean taste balancing each other out), deep-fried squid balls, the awesome shrimp/chive gyoza, BBQ Eel with egg, and the mandatory kimchi fried rice. Awesome.

Service here is always spot on, although not always fluent in English. But at the end of the day who cares, it is genuine, friendly, and down to earth - just like the entire Gyoza King experience.

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I love Gyoza King
By merry31 of Kitsilano (1 Review)
Submitted Monday, March 23, 2009 - 11:15am [Dine in]

I lived in Japan for a few years and going to Gyoza King takes me right back to Tokyo. I've been a patron of GK for the past 10 years and have always had a good experience. Love the food and the fact that 2 can dine for a total of $30. I highly recommend GK to anyone who wants an authentic atmosphere with delicious food and great value.

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