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Delicious duck fare


Welcome to Harujuku Goyza at Potts Point. Perhaps, in other words - a warm, almost deafening Japanese welcome to you as soon as you enter this chic Japanese food joint. Just joking on the latter, yet the welcome was fairly loud - to the point where the consistently friendly service arrives in an outstanding way at this newly opened establishment.



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Cool ambience


You have the choice of either a more civilised sit down experience, or perch yourself on one of the stools at the bar area. The ambience is dark, yet rather welcoming simultaneously.



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Gorgeous plates. So cool, I want to take one home with me.


Your 'host' welcomes you yet again and explains the simple menu, with some dish recommendations. It is crazy. Japanese 'social' food with a twist. Forget about the sushi fare. You're encouraged to have 'fun' by eating bucket loads of good, fresh Gyoza fare - or anything else on the menu to the likes of any of their salads, as well as the Chicken Karaage. Seriously, my 'host' must have worked at McDonald's in a previous life. I came out eating more than I anticipated for a rather 'light' lunch the other day. The add on selling technique worked - on me.



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Refreshingly good iced green tea


On the Gyoza menu, the Lobster Tail Gyoza ($12) is a recommended dish. Instead, I went for the Grilled Duck Gyoza (five pieces for $8) - and there were no regrets.



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Love that cool logo too


Sydney, you know that 'salted caramel' is a sweet food trend right now. Yes, the Salted Caramel Gyoza with Ice Cream ($9) was a recommended dessert option. Skipped the desserts and went for the Miso Soup ($3). Okay, so $11 spent so far - to now add some Iced Green Tea ($3) to the mix.



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About to tuck into the Miso Soup


The tea was surprisingly good. A little sweet, yet rather refreshing. There might have been a bit too much ice, yet I loved the fancy glass. It gelled in so beautifully with my fashionable plate, to see the logo right at the bottom. Loved it.



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The Duck Gyozas


My Miso Soup also arrived quite quickly. Quite tasty, although it could have been a little warmer with some smaller chunks of tofu. Otherwise awesome.

The problem was that I quickly devoured my Miso Soup, and the Gyoza's took a while - considering that the staff were not run off on their feet on this occasion. Then again, duck can take a bit of time to cook. I loved the duck, it was cooked just right. The parcels of pastry were fresh. Quite delicious, and my 'host' did thank me for my patience.



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Thank you so much


You're encouraged to mix the sauces, and there was a bit of pepper at the end of my dish. I had no need to use the latter. The staff explain how the sauces work. Chose some vinegar, with some soy and a bit of chilli. My lips did burn a bit, yet this combination was a perfect dipping companion for the main dish.

A great place, and well worth a visit.

Rating: 8/10

Where: Harujuku Gyoza, 15 Bayswater Road Potts Point NSW. Right near Kings Cross train station.
Why: For their iced green tea and smashing Gyoza's.
Cost: My bill came to $14
When: Lunch time.

Good for kids: No, not really.
Take away: Not sure - did not worry about this.

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# Japanese Restaurants
# Asian Restaurants
# Potts Point
# Kings Cross
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