Gyoza Bar

It had been a while since I had been out to dinner in Covent Garden – I find it’s full of chains so tend to go to Soho or towards Fitzrovia. Covent Garden has changed with lots more upcoming restaurants….one of the latest additions is: Gyoza Bar.

This new Covent Garden spot serves gyoza (surprise!) – with plenty of bar seating around the big open kitchen so you can watch the dumpling creation in action.  Gyoza are small dumplings stuffed with your choice of meats, salmon or vegetables and topped off with chilli oil, soy or garlic vinegar before being steamed, pan fried or deep fried.

In addition,  there’s lots of Japanese-inspired tapas style dishes including ramen and bao buns, but obviously gyoza are the stars of the show here.

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Apart from the tasty veg gyoza, we had the Japanese sweet potato and lenkon chips. For mains I had the veg ramen which was served with spring onion, stem broccoli, beansprout, inari sweet tofu. The veg ramen was delicious and definitely worth choosing if you go here.

The restaurant is clean and minimalist, with the focal point being the open kitchen. It’s a good place for a quick meal after work but not one I’d rush back to.

 

 

cheese, chilli and garlic mushroom omelette

Omelettes are a fantastic brunch, lunch or even dinner option – so simple, easy to make and very filling. Plus you can adapt it to your taste and what’s in season.

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My daughter loves a cheesy omelette as a lunch option so we decided to join her by adapting the recipe to make it more tasty.

  • butter
  • sliced mushrooms – one pack is enough
  • chopped spring onions
  • finely chopped red chilli
  • finely sliced garlic clove
  • 2 beaten eggs
  • grated cheddar cheese
  • handful of rocket

Heat butter in a frying pan and cook the mushrooms until most of their liquid has evaporated. Add spring onion, chilli and garlic to the mixture and cook for a few minutes. Season with salt and pepper and put aside.

Wash the pan and add butter before pouring in the beaten eggs. Season and cook gently. When the omelette is almost set, sprinkle over the cheese then spoon over the mushroom mix until the cheese melts. Add the rocket and put onto a plate.