Million miles away
|Soy based broth with ebi gyoza|
I love dumplings, usually it contains a mixture of meat and vegetable, all wrapped in a savoury pastry. gyoza is a type of Japanese that are usually doubled cooked, steaming followed by pan fried to get a moist texture on the inside but crispy on the outer layer. So when Murukami, a Japanese restaurant has created a new restaurant concept, specialising in gyoza, I was one of the very first person to check it out. As gyoza is one of the most popular street food items from the Far East, and I can imagine it will gain a loyal fan based provide if it does the gyoza justice.
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The meal at Gyoza Bar was far from polished, I was fully aware it was a soft launch so it can't be always perfect. But the issue for me was the level of the cooking vs the price has been just totally bizarre, the pricing was far too ambitious. For example, you can get a much higher quality ramen from places like Bone Daddies for the same cost. A plate of pork gyoza of similar standard would set you back about £5, comparing to the £7.50 that Gyoza Bar is charging. Also, what I didn't understand was why the ramen dishes on the menu is so much greater than the gyoza, while the restaurant positioning itself as a "Gyoza Bar". Service was at least decent, kind and knowledgeable. To sum it up, the restaurant has a great concept but it is million miles away from fulfilling its true potential.
What I paid:
£19 per head with beer
Average cost without drinks and services:
63-66 St Martin’s Lane Covent Garden London WC2N 4JS