Relying on the gyoza-making magic of septuagenarian superchef Madame Rose, this Ikejiri-Ohashi shop is so welcoming and homely you’ll want to move in. Rose used to only make gyoza for her family before being persuaded to make her dumplings public by a business-minded acquaintance, and the home comforts remain. Start with the Hajimari no Zen (‘beginning platter’), which lets you sample five different types of carefully crafted gyoza, including a chicken-coriander variety, a veg-only version, and gyoza large enough to house a whole shrimp. They all pale in comparison to our favourite, the Aoba gyoza, which features soft, moist skin infused with chicken broth and, it’s said, can only be perfectly recreated by Madame Rose herself. Got someone to impress? Opt for the garlic-free, ginger-flavoured dumplings, which were added to the menu at the request of the many club hostesses that used to frequent the shop back when it was still based in Shinjuku.
|Venue name:||Ikejiri Gyoza|
2-26-6 Ikejiri, Setagaya-ku
|Opening hours:||11.30am-2.30pm (Wed-Sat), 4pm-12midnight (last orders 11pm) / closed Mon, 2nd Sun of every month|
|Transport:||Ikejiri-Ohashi Station (Tokyu Denentoshi line), south exit|