July 5, 2022

First Impressions: Gyoza Bar + Ramen

I was walking home on Pender Street one night and I saw the Gyoza Bar + Ramen sign and a restaurant still in the making. The sign was enough to make me want to come back and try this place (gyozas + ramen = heaven) and so on the first girls’ dinner I organized, after coming back from my trip, we decided to try out this place. I heard they don’t take reservations so I got there early to wait for a table. They were really nice about it… after 10 minutes of waiting for my friends to arrive, they let me sit at our table even though my party wasn’t complete yet. I really appreciated that. We decided to share an order of 15 pc Teppan Gyozas and each of us had a bowl of ramen. For those with small appetites, you can order a smaller bowl!

15 pc Teppan Gyoza (Gyoza Bar, Vancouver) – photo by Jeannine Avelino
Tamari-shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen (Gyoza Bar + Ramen) – photo by Jeannine Avelino

The gyozas were really tasty with a bit of a kick, which was nice. It came with 2 dipping sauces: spicy garlic soy and umami soy sauce… I liked the umami soy sauce better but only because I can’t handle spicy food all the time. It was served in a round cast iron pan, traditionally cooked using a technique called “imono,” according to the menu. It had a nice crunch on the outside but juicy on the inside, well done 🙂

I also ordered the small version of the Tamari-shoyu Tonkotsu Ramen. The bowl and broth was the right amount for me however I would’ve liked more noodles. It came with a generous amount of pork char siu and an egg which helped filled me up though. I like the broth too, it’s not a thick broth but still delicious. Next time, I’d order the small bowl but with extra noodles. My friend got the Kaisen Tomato Ramen and she said it was quite good too… it seems to have come with a lot of seafood as well.

Ricotta Crepe (Gyoza Bar + Ramen) – photo by Jeannine Avelino

We also got dessert! I ordered the Ricotta Crepe, which is a buckwheat crepe filled with ricotta cheese, yuzu fig jam and topped with a yogurt sorbet and orange slices. It was delicious! Not too heavy, not too light and the flavours go well very nicely. My other friend got the Cayenne Chocolate Crema, which had cayenne chocolate ice cream, strawberries and a coconut foam – very cool and nicely presented. You can really taste the coconut in the foam.

Cayenne Chocolate Crema (Gyoza Bar + Ramen) – photo by Jeannine Avelino

The restaurant itself is very trendy and nice… a good place to hang out and go for drinks. I wish I ordered some alcoholic drinks but maybe for next time, as there will be a next time 🙂 4 out of 5!

Gyoza Bar + Ramen – photo by Jeannine Avelino

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