Vancouverites will soon have a new brunch destination to add to their weekend plans as Aburi Restaurants’ Gyoza Bar (622 West Pender Street) launches brunch service. Guests can make reservations and dine in a warm, relaxing setting with a new menu featuring modern Japanese-style brunch dishes, tailored beverage list, and classic Gyoza Bar favourites.
“Brunch is a weekend ritual for so many in our city, and I wanted to create a unique brunch offering with Japanese and international influences,” says Head Chef Woo Jin Kim. “In Japan, a traditional breakfast is very nourishing, warm, and feels like home. Our team has created a brunch menu with this in mind, along with our signature Aburi twist: combining traditional dishes with local ingredients and flavours. Most of the dishes feature both new and familiar flavour profiles. We are so excited to open our doors on Sundays starting in March and can’t wait for guests to check out our brunch during the weekends.”
Alongside its popular gyoza and ramen, highlights to Gyoza Bar’s brunch menu include a Pulled Pork Bao Benny featuring poached organic eggs, creamy maple miso hollandaise, and togarashi spiced kimchi corn hash; Okonomiyaki + Chicken Karaage, savoury Japanese pancake topped with sweet and sour soy glazed chicken and asian slaw; the lunch favourite Teppan Bistro Fillet Steak; and a brunch-exclusive Bacon ‘n Egg Ramen with a smoked soy chicken broth, crispy bacon, and sunny side up egg.
Gyoza Bar has also included two Japanese-influenced teishoku, set meals, on its menu; these sets customarily include a main, soup, rice, and sides. There is the new signature Gyoza Bar Brunch Teishoku featuring a hearty albacore tuna tataki rice bowl, onsen tamago, seiro mushi steamed tender shrimp and vegetables, and wakame dashi soup; and the Teppan Keema Curry Brunch Set with a rich and meaty 48-hour braised Japanese curry, ground pork, miso tofu salad, sous-vide egg, and soup.
Brunch-specific drinks include a fresh twist on a mimosa, the Komosawith lemon ginger Standard Kombucha (locally brewed), Campari, and orange juice; and the popular Strawberry Pistachio Frozen Cocktail.
Brunch at Gyoza Bar begins Saturday, March 3, 2018, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and will be available Saturdays and Sundays. Prices start at $12. Reservations available at gyozabar.ca.