Gyoza Douraku - Japanese @ Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Gyoza Douraku - Japanese on Bourke St
One late night after cabaret we spontaneously went here, as it happened to be across the road from our dessert place. Service was great, and there was much left to be desired as we just had drinks and pre-dessert entrees. So we'd said we'd be back for their lunch menu.
A few months later
There were other slight alterations like soba noodles or steamed rice instead of the 3 colour rice, and 4 other options for the gyoza including miso eggplant & duck.
The tray came around for DIY gyoza sauce: soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, chilli oil, minced garlic and sesame seeds. Soy + Vinegar is the most popular base I'm told. Had moderate communications issues due to accents.
On a summer day might it be nice outside? Or is that smoker's zone?
Soon the Gyoza and Sansyokudon arrived. Disappointing that the rice wasn't actually 3 colours. With that one you had two other options, but waiter no.2 who was great (same guy who served us last time) recommended this one.
I had the Gyoza with a sauce made from soy sauce, vingar, sesame oil and sesame seeds. It was very nice, though it was odd that there was only one big piece of prawn in one of six of the gyozas. I quite liked them and wished they were bigger. :P
The Sansyokudon (3 colour rice aka rice with omlette + salmon) was disspointing as there wasn't much flavour there, also the portion of rice to "meat" was off, too much rice, double. If you add your gyoza sauce it's not as bad, but still I didn't finish this.
The entire meal was eaten with chopsticks :P (except the miso) which was different, we're trying new things. At home I love my spork. Service varies, the guy who I think is the manager (or very satified employee) was great, while I didn't really understand the waitress and she was meh. Even if she didn't have an accent.
Will I be back? Probably not. Recommend you try the lunch set? Yes if you wanted to dine here, it's very $$$ at night. I think that gyoza dish alone (same size) was $12 at dinner time. But otherwise no, there are lots of other lunch spots.
Something I loved was one of the pieces they were playing in the background music, ave maria (1853) a wedding and funeral classic. For me it's the later, I'd love this on my funeral playlist. I've never heard a resturant play classical music before or a piece as old and as a classic as this.
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