Harajuku Gyoza

Monday October 1, 2012

I woke up this morning early, as I do, and had some hours before the family arose on this public holiday, to push through some work tasks, do some thinking on a project I am working on, and then work up reasons to procrastinate Sue and I attacking the book keeping tasks, so urgently requiring attention.

I recalled a place that I was taken by Anthony, Nigel and Troy for my birthday lunch a few months back (thanks guys) which is a Japanese dumpling and beer bar.  What’s not to love about that combination!   So as sleep was hosed out of the family eyes, it was decided that it would be a lunch gig at Harajuku Gyoza

Dumplings & Beer bar, AND a smiling dumpling as logo, I’m all in!

Tegan immediately spotted the different plates each of us had

and they were all over the walls as well

We sat at a regulation table, but the bar looked a great post work drop in spot

To save arguments, we decided to order every type of dumpling, sans the chilli one (much to the silent angst of 25% of of the family).  Well we started to double up on a couple as we have a growing boy in our group, and one boy who is trying to shrink a little in size…

Something for everyone, dumplings and beer!

I was raving about a morish dish I had a while back, and I had spotted it on the menu when scoping out HG’s, Edamame.  Whilst they didn’t sound as good as I remembered them as I was describing them to the family, the 2 bowls were inhaled by all and sundry.

These guys are the business!

The place was very friendly and relaxed with staff shouting out each time someone arrived or ordered sake.

Relaxing at the bar

The menu instructed us how to mix the 2 parts soy, 1 part vinegar, and chilli to taste.  The boys side of the table heaped in the chilli with the wimp girl’s side opting out of the magic 3rd ingredient.

The 3 ingredients for the dipping sauce

The dumplings were superb! (thanks for the styling Sue)

Chefs in the middle of the bar area

We will be back, though those book keeping tasks are still to do, and scheduled for very early in the morning…

Today’s song of the day is taken from a favourite movie, Kill Bill –  Battle Without Honor or Humanity – Tomoyasu Hotei.

Mid week guys catchup

Thursday September 8 2011

I haven’t been to many of the recent “gaming nights” with the fellas, as I am not really a gaming kinda guy.  Unsure why really, when back in the day I dropped a lot of coins into galaga, Gyruss and the like, and I guess I did get motion sickness after sessions on early versions of Doom when the bride and I were living on the Gold Coast, but back on point…

Wade has recently moved into a new place, and invited the guys over for some, pizza, beers and playstation fun.  The pizza and beer meant I needed to trash myself on the treadmill for a while to have some calories in the bank.  It will also be my last run before the Bridge to Brisbane 10k this Sunday.

Five of us made it to the night, including me, and it was great to catchup, check out what a bachelor pad looks like, and assist Wade with anything technical – great work Anthony!

We discussed lots of fun topics including the House Boat trip in December, and whether it was possible to reschedule to an earlier (cooler time).  It was the one weekend that 7 people could make, but with a removal of a planned big life event, it is worth exploring.

Dinner was ordered by the newly setup internet, and subsequently arrived after more chats and laughs.

The playstations then came out!  One was projected onto a wall of blinds  and the other was connected to Wades TV.

Cordless controllers were great for sitting back
in the lounge and looking at the distant big screen.

Big screen setup for the game

Three going up against each other on the big screen.

Whilst I was an easy beat in the all against each other version of the game, it was a nice night out, and I will be keen on being a regular.

Song of the day is Regurgitator – Black Bugs in reference to gaming, and they are a great Brissy band.