Akihabara gyoza? You might mentally associate Akihabara with its Electric Town and Otaku Pop Culture, but this popular Tokyo neighborhood is also the gathering grounds of great gourmet. Warashibe Gyoza, a shop selling Japanese style dumplings called gyoza, is one of these shops. Featured across various media, the large variety of free-flow gyoza and drinks make for an enjoyable dining experience, making this a must-visit during your time here.
Here, we’ll be trying out their signature “gyoza fondue,” which has been making waves across social media, and also introducing several other dishes, to find out just what makes this shop so unique.
Piping hot Akihabara Gyoza Fondue: The signature item making a splash on social media!
Warashibe Gyoza offers over 20 types of gyoza on their all-you-can-eat menu, and you can savor an all-you-can-eat-and-drink feast for 2,000 yen per person for 60 minutes, or 3,500 yen per person for 120 minutes (before tax).
This is a shop that creates gyoza of all types and flavors based on the motto, “if it’s wrapped up, it’s a gyoza!” And they even sell gyoza flavors that border on heresy! On its signboard, you can see the “Teppan Gyoza Fondue,” featuring a generous serving of piping hot cheese and gyoza on a hot plate.
There are three flavors of Gyoza Fondue available. There is the “Ganso Teppan Gyoza Fondue,” which has shredded cabbage, gyoza, mozzarella, and cheddar cheese as its base, topped with a sweet and spicy sauce made of chili bean sauce and gochujang, a type of sweet and spicy chili sauce. The “BBQ Gyoza Fondue” is topped with tomatoes and barbecue sauce instead, while the “Pakuchi Gyoza Fondue” (Pakuchi being coriander) uses coriander in both the sauce and inside the gyoza.
The most popular item amongst the staff appears to be the BBQ Gyoza Fondue. For even daring to pair gyoza with barbecue sauce, it’s a shocking menu item that is only natural for a shop that prides itself for its supposedly “evil gyoza.” Unexpectedly, the combination of this awesome Akihabara gyoza with the punch of barbecue sauce is amazing! Eating it together with the tomatoes is especially satisfying. The refreshing acidity of the tomatoes refreshes the palette, making it impossible to stop yourself from going for the next bite.
We highly recommend eating the gyoza together with the melted mozzarella and cheddar cheese in one bite. It’s hot, so watch out!
A full house of gyoza flavors: If it’s wrapped up, you can call it a gyoza!
The “Shūmatsu Gyoza,” which translates to “weekend gyoza,” uses the “Teppan Gyoza” as its base, and contains garlic. It’s a delicious gyoza that combines the taste of chives with the sweetness of cabbage, and allows you to savor the rich juiciness of the minced pork used. As you can clearly taste the gyoza filling, they’re delicious even without any extra sauce, a unique trait of the gyozas sold here.
Another unique trait of this shop is in the staggering variety of gyoza available. From the previously mentioned “Shūmatsu Gyoza,” to the “Heijitsu Gyoza,” or “weekday gyoza,” that has no garlic, and other gyoza such as spicy“Aka Gyoza,” Japanese-style “Wafū Gyoza,” grilled chicken “Yakitori Gyoza,” “Hamburg Gyoza,” natto flavored “Matsumae Natto Gyoza,” and coriander flavored “Pakuchi Gyoza” amongst many others, satisfy yourself with the wide variety of gyoza available.
If you’re looking for a different feel from the regular pan-fried gyoza, the taste of the refreshing yet thick pork bone broth is the perfect fit.
This is the “Tandoori Chicken Gyoza,” stuffed with onions, bell peppers, and ground chicken, all mixed with a blend of spices. It’s a simple dish rich with the fragrance of spices.
By using the same ingredients and flavorings as tandoori chicken in the same ratios, a unique gyoza such as this is created! The taste is like that of real tandoori chicken, and it is both delicious yet unexpected.
The “Chili Mayo Ebi Gyoza” is a fried prawn gyoza that includes chili mayonnaise. Stuffed with prawns, minced pork, and chives, it is a mostly standard flavored gyoza coated in bread crumbs and fried.
The taste and texture of the prawns, coupled with the crunch of the fried bread crumbs on the gyoza skin is a heavenly combination. All of the gyoza are made in-house, and as they are checked for quality while being made lovingly by hand, you’ll be more than satisfied with the taste of whatever gyoza you choose.
A retro-style Akihabara gyoza shop with all-you-can-eat and drink at its core
Warashibe Gyoza is an 8-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station, or 5-minute walk from JR Kanda Station. It’s located near the mid-point between Akihabara and Kanda stations. As there are many foreign visitors there as well, it’s a famous shop frequently featured in the press and social media overseas.
Lined with counter seats and tables, it’s a trendy and retro-style gyoza izakaya-type restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is available in the shop, and there’s an English menu available too.
In light of the COVID-19 situation, the shop has implemented measures to combat its spread, including the compulsory use of masks for staff, disinfecting with alcohol, and regular ventilation. Do be sure to try out the visually and tastefully impactful Gyoza Fondue, and the large variety of gyoza available.
Written by Naho Jishikyu
*The above article is based on information from July 2020
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.
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