Most west side foodies would know, the Station Road dining precinct offers a number of delectable restaurant options for shoppers, conveniently situated right outside of Indooroopilly shopping centre. Having spent a long hard day shopping (after a healthy dose of retail therapy :P), we decided to grab some lunch at Harajuku Gyoza.
Other than being able to see the menu from outside the restaurant, there was also appreciate the chefs wrapping dumplings from the glass panel in the wall, which provided us assurance that the dumplings were freshly made.
We were welcomed into the restaurant with a hearty Irasshaimase from all the staff, and given a table very promptly. Having gone to the other stores in Albert lane, Fortitude Valley and Southbank, I really appreciated the commitment to styling their decor in a consistent manner.
Like the other stores, the menu doubled up as a menu.
After ordering, and a short wait, our food came.
Between my companion and I, we shared two main meals and two plates of dumplings.
The first main I tried was the pork katsudon. Whilst the pork katsu was soaked by the sauce and egg, it did mean that the rice became very saucy and moist, which I did enjoy very much. Whilst the portion was a little small, the seasoning was very strong, and the taste of soy and egg were super intense, which made it quite delicious.
On the topic of soy and egg, we also shared the shoyu ramen, which came topped with half a perfectly gelatinous, semi runny egg. The noodles also had more of an egg taste to them when compared to the wheat based noodles that Taros serves, but this was definitely not Hakata style ramen, but more akin to Tokyo style with its clear broth and curly noodles. Whilst this was quite nourishing and comforting, my companion and I both agreed that we did not like how exceptionally fatty the two slices of meat were. They were so fat that we only ended up eating the meaty portions and left around two thirds of it.
Our gyoza, was quite delicious although the duck gyoza was somewhat more burnt at the bottom, they proved to be nice and crispy at the bottom. Whilst not soupy on the inside, I liked the think skin and meaty filling. The duck had a heavier gamier taste, which overpowered whatever vegetable they had in it, whereas the pork was definitely a lot lighter, and struck a good balance with the other elements of the gyoza.
Price Range: $20 - $30pp