Dec. 16, 2019 UPDATE
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Tiger Gyoza Kaikan – A Chinese Bar Serving Killer Gyoza
Located in the Shijo Karasuma area in the heart of downtown Kyoto, Tiger Gyoza offers a variety of delicious gyoza dumplings and Chinese dishes. Wanting to achieve the vibe of an energetic and buzzing place, this gyoza restaurant chain chose to put “Tiger” in their name. Fitting with this image, all the staff work hard and fast, and send a bustling, yet fun, air through the restaurant. Adding to their tiger image, the restaurant also features giant murals of tigers on each of its floors and other little nods to its namesake plotted around the place too. As you’ve probably guessed with a name like Tiger Gyoza, this restaurant’s signature dish is gyoza dumplings. At lunchtime, Tiger Gyoza offers six varieties of gyoza and at night, eleven. With offerings like “Pan-fried plump dumplings stuffed w/ pork & greens” starting off their lineup, Tiger Gyoza offers an awesome variety of unique, yet delicious dumplings that range from veggie-packed to spicy and even visually incredible. Also, of course, why would Tiger Gyoza just stop at gyoza? They also kill it with fantastic Chinese dishes like tantanmen noodles, fried rice, stir fry and more. This incredible selection makes Tiger Gyoza one of the best places to simultaneously get your gyoza fix and satisfy your cravings for Chinese food. Another aspect of Tiger Gyoza that definitely shouldn’t be left out is its “Chinese bar” concept and great selection of drinks. With a range of beers, Chinese Huangjiu wines and regular wines, Tiger Gyoza has the kind of selection you wouldn’t usually see at a Chinese restaurant. This impressive selection also means that you’ll sure to be able to find the perfect drink for any dish or mood. While Tiger Gyoza is a nationwide chain, each store offers slightly different menus. The Shijo Karasuma restaurant, of course, offers exclusive dishes as well, including their aforementioned staple pan-fried dumplings. So next time you’re in Kyoto and are hankering for some dumplings or Chinese food, then definitely give Tiger Gyoza Kaikan Shijo Karasuma a visit!
food6.0 service7.0 atmosphere9.0
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (last order: 2 p.m.) Dinner: 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. (last order: 10 p.m.)
New Year’s Day
VISA, MASTER, JCB, AMEX, Diners
Solo, With Friends, Families with Children
Number of seats
Private dining rooms
Non smoking / smoking
Weekday lunch times: 2nd floor is non-smoking. Nights: All smoking. Weekends: All Smoking.