Gyoza in Kyoto? Look no further than Gyoza no Ohsho
Gyoza no Ohsho is a chain of Chinese restaurants with over 50 stores in Kyoto alone known for their, well, gyoza. At this point, there’s likely not a single Japanese person who hasn’t heard the name before, however, this Chinese restaurant chain actually first opened in 1967 in Kyoto’s Shijo Omiya. Since then, Gyoza no Ohsho has taken Japan by storm and is now beloved by not only those in Kyoto but the entire country. While Gyoza no Ohsho is a chain, their great flavors and quality service has led to a massive fan base and even TV spots. However, above all else, they are most certainly known nationwide for the simple fact that they serve great gyoza.
However, of course in addition to their fabulous gyoza, Gyoza no Ohsho also offers a ton of other Chinese food classics, like fried rice, sweet and sour pork and stir-fried pork. Although, it should be noted that while Gyoza no Ohsho is a “Chinese” restaurant, many of the dishes offered have evolved to be uniquely Japanese, so going here can be an interesting opportunity to experience a different side of Japanese food culture, Japanese-Chinese food.
Another aspect of Gyoza no Ohsho that should be mentioned is the fact that all their restaurants have open kitchens and make everything by hand.
The reason behind the open kitchen is to give patrons both a sense of the energy of the kitchen and to offer up freshly made, still piping hot dishes.
The reason behind having everything be handmade is that it allows the kitchen to easily tend to the needs of each customer, for example, “I want this dish to be spicier,” and serve everyone the best food possible.
This specific Gyozo no Ohsho, Nanajo Karasuma, is especially spacious and allows for a chilled out, relaxed dining experience.
In addition to the classic counter-side seats, there are also large booths that attract customers of all ages, from kids to the elderly.
From the second floor of the Nanajo Karasuma store, you can also peer out on to the tranquil Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. While Gyoza no Ohsho has a ton of stores around Kyoto, not many give you this kind of Kyoto-esque view, so if you’re looking for a nice view with some nice food, then drop by Gyoza no Ohosho Nanajo Karasuma.