Kanda Gyozaya Honten
Jimbocho: Gyoza
Kanda Gyozaya Honten (Jimbocho: Gyoza)
Kanda Gyozaya Honten
Open 11am-10:15pm (LO; Sa, Su -9:30) daily.
Sun: Open Sundays

This big, lively dumpling emporium serves eight different varieties of gyoza, along with Chinese noodles and assorted stir-fry dishes. Your gyoza comes either a la carte, in a set meal with rice and soup, or with a half-size portion of fried rice, with prices starting around Y620 for a la carte.

Large-size kurobuta (Berkshire pork) gyoza are the main draw here, with a flavorful meaty filling perked up with crunchy bits of cabbage and encased in a firm, chewy, lightly charred thick skin.

The miso-negi gyoza are smaller, with similarly appealing chewy casing smothered in pungent scallions and a light miso-sesame dressing. Other variations include two kinds of suigyoza (one served in soup), crunchy "paripari" gyoza, oversized shrimp gyoza and shiso gyoza.

Chiyoda-ku, Kanda Jimbocho 1-4.
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