There's a new place to get your gyoza fix in downtown Vancouver--with handmade ramen to boot.
Gyoza Bar + Ramen opened on Saturday (September 6) at 622 West Pender Street. It's owned by Aburi Restaurants Canada, the same folks who run Miku and Minami.
On Monday, I checked out the place out at the media opening night. It's a pleasant room, with brick walls and lots of wood throughout.
The coolest thing by far is at the back of the restaurant, where there's a window onto the kitchen. Here, you can watch the chefs rolling and cutting the ramen noodles by hand.
There's even a nifty dumpling-making machine, which speeds up the handmade process.
The gyoza are cooked on cast-iron pans and come in interesting varieties. These include Fraser Valley pork, chili shrimp and pickled daikon, miso short rib and japaleno-soy glaze, Hainan chicken and ginger scallion rayu, and Harissa tofu and kabocha gyoza.
The ramen is made from scratch in the back. The signature version is a Kaisen tomato ramen, which is made from a tomato-saffron seafood broth, inspired by French bouillabaisse.
Other versions include a two in free-range chicken broth, an umami-shohu ramen, and a Tamari-shoyu tonkotsu ramen.
The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.