So I’ve heard about Gyo-O before and I knew where it was located but it just never occurred to me to visit. However, my friend convinced me to try it after he raved about it. Gyo-O is part of the Gyoza King restaurant group and it’s located right in the middle of Continental Square in Richmond. Is it just me or is Continental Square being taken over by restaurants? Not that I mind of course! It’s always good to have more options especially when line-ups are long you can just go next door! Although they’re probably busy too…
The interior was quite small and decorated with wooden panels with Japanese words. It also had menu offerings, pictures and other quirky decorations on the walls. It’s cash only by the way.
Love the bunny! ^___^
This was just their lunch menu but their actual menu is quite extensive. It doesn’t help that there are a lot of tasty looking pictures all over it since I’m indecisive enough already! Finally I decided on the Seafood Yukke Don which came with miso soup during lunch hours. Gyo-O specializes in donburis (rice bowls) and noodle soups.
I’m not a huge fan of miso soup. I’m pretty indifferent actually so I can’t really comment but it tasted normal to me.
My friend had the Miso Tuna Don served on a bed of rice with some seaweed salad and bamboo shoots for garnishing. The presentation was very appetizing already! The miso sauce was very strong and prominent. I don’t have much experience with miso sauces served like this so the flavour was new to me but I did like it. The tuna also tasted fresh.
This was my Seafood Yukke Don with “Chopped Tuna, Salmon, Squid, Prawn, Fishcake, Takowasabi in Marinated Sweet Soy sauce with Half Boiled Egg on Rice”. I love the presentation of this dish too! The soy sauce they used made everything extra tasty. The poached egg helped mix everything together nicely and even though it looked less appetizing after, it tasted wonderful! I wanted to come back for more already after a few bites! There was ample sauce to mix all the rice as well although you can always add more of their homemade soy sauce which is available on every table. If you like sashimi and raw fish in general, then I highly recommend this! :D It was also a good portion size and I was quite full after (but yes I still wanted more).
Finally we decided to order green tea ice cream. I just expected them to scoop the ice cream and put it in a bowl but they decorated it with corn flakes and a bit of red bean paste on top. Presentation does wonders to a dish! I like how they put extra effort into making it look nice. On the other hand, the ice cream was actually not very good. It lacked green tea flavour and the texture was crumbly instead of creamy and smooth. Yes I’ve been spoiled by too much gelato (I used to work at a gelato store) but this was sub-par so even though you have ice cream cravings don’t get any old ice cream! Lesson learned. ><
Ok it was $3 for two scoops so I can live with that.
Besides the lacklustre ice cream, I really enjoyed my experience here and I can’t wait to come back since there are lots of other things I want to try! Maybe next week… :P The service was quick and friendly too.