Gyoza Bar + Ramen opens in downtown Vancouver: photos

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      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. 

      Gyoza Bar + Ramen has just opened on Pender Street near Seymour.
      Carolyn Ali

      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.

      Ramen noodles are rolled and cut by hand in the back.
      Carolyn Ali

      There's even a nifty dumpling-making machine, which speeds up the handmade process.

      The restaurant brought in a gyoza-making machine from Japan.
      Carolyn Ali

      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.

      Gyoza canapes at the media event.
      Carolyn Ali

      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 umami-shoyu ramen in free-range chicken broth.
      Carolyn Ali

       The restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.