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Location: 1508 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6G 1C3
Phone: (604) 669-8278 | Hours: N/A
- Street parking
- Izakaya/ Tapas
It was our (my girlfriend and I) two years anniversary this past weekend and to carry our tradition of having Japanese food to celebrate I had made early reservations at Kingyo! Yes, you’ve heard it right, Kingyo!! So the story begins like this, I had made reservations to try Kingyo as I’ve heard raves about them. But for some odd reason, I had Gyoza King set on my mind for the entire day. Away we went, as we arrived at the restaurant. It was empty, and we told our server that we had a reservation for 2 at 6PM. The server gave us a quick shrug and a confusing look then set us down. And away we ordered, by then it was 20minutes in. Then suddenly I got a call from Kingyo, that’s when I realized I made a HUGE boo-boo! It was probably the most embarrassing moment ever. I picked up the call and told Kingyo I was terribly sorry that I mistakenly went to the wrong restaurant, which both had “King” and “Yo” in their names. However, what threw me off was the fact that person over the phone gave me attitude, in a very mean and nasty way. And he hung up on me. (says so much about their service!)
Anyhow, back to Gyoza King. Gyoza King is a Japanese Izakaya Tapas restaurant, meaning their dishes are served in small portions, but that way you get to try more. Gyoza King is part of the Gyo King group, a chain of about 5 other restaurants in the Lower Mainland.
While it wasn’t the best Agedashi Tofu I’ve had, it wasn’t bad. I find it very hard for it to remain crispy, at the same time, it was soaked in ponzu sauce. What’s different from this Agedashi Tofu is that they come with green onions and ginger.
The assorted sashimi was fresh and sweet. There was a variety of tuna, salmon, scallop, and spot prawns (3 pieces each). However, it would have been better if premium salmon and tuna sashimi was used. It was only regular Atlantic salmon.
This was a pretty good deal, 6 wings for $5. These weren’t small wings either. The wings were deep fried and covered with a special spice. It was a little spicy, but nothing hot.
This was a marinated tuna sashimi on top a bowl of rice in a fish soup. This was interesting, the tuna sashimi was lukewarm and half-cooked. I’m not sure if I liked this one. It’s like a chirashi don but in soup.
Overall, food was not bad. We weren’t that hungry cause we had a late lunch. And most importantly, the girlfriend liked it. Even though we didn’t end up at Kingyo. The service was quick and prompt. Ambiance, it was a little squished. I had no place to put my phone and camera, which I could use some of those room. Prices are reasonably priced here, some things are more expensive than others. But in general, items are fairly priced.
One thing I must try next time is their Gyoza!!