Three-Time Michelin-Recognized Kyoto Gyoza Restaurant, “Gyoza Hohei,” Opens in Ginza
The Ginza location is tucked quietly away behind Chuo-dori like a well-kept secret
In Gion, Kyoto, the lines for legendary gyoza restaurant Gyoza Hohei—favored by maiko and geiko as well as regular gourmets—can be four hours long. Now dumpling-lovers have a second option: Gyoza Hohei Ginza, a sister restaurant which opened in Ginza 8-chome on December 10, 2018. With delicious dumplings at reasonable prices, Gyoza Hohei Ginza adds to the growing list of places shoppers can duck in for a drink and a bite to eat amid the luxury of the Ginza district.
Founded in 2011 as a six-seat establishment, Gyoza Hohei quickly secured a devoted following among the women of Gion and others in client-facing positions nearby for its “ginger gyoza,” made without garlic or nira (Chinese chives). Word soon reached the national and then international tourist scene, and, as of 2019, Gyoza Hohei has won the Bib Gourmand award in the Michelin Guide Kyoto/Osaka for three years running.
Each serving contains eight regular or ginger gyoza for just 480 JPY
Like the original location, Gyoza Hohei Ginza offers both regular and ginger gyoza as well as a side menu that includes niku-miso moyashi (bean shoots with mincemeat and miso), tsubo-kyuri (picked cucumbers in a pot), and oni-shijimi no espresso (rich clam soup).
The interior design draws inspiration from Kyoto’s wooden machiya town houses, based on the concept of an elegant local restaurant in the old capital. And the excitement of seeing piping-hot gyoza prepared in the open kitchen can’t be beat. An excellent place to keep in mind for that final course after drinking in Ginza or Shinbashi!
◆ Gyoza Hohei Ginza
Opening hours: 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. weekdays, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays (closed Sundays and public holidays)
Location: First floor, 8-7-9 Ginza, Chuo, Tokyo
Official site: https://gyozahohei.com/