It’s not everyday us Gold Coasters can boast about having the first of something in all of the country. But today is one of those days!
Hold onto your pint glasses folks, ‘cause some exciting news has just landed on our desk and, needless to say, it has come from totally left field.
Not only are we soon to welcome a dedicated gyoza restaurant to Broadbeach (cue squeals!)—Harajuku Gyoza, a Tokyo-inspired institution who already has our capital cousins wrapped around its chopsticks—but they’ve chosen to establish Australia’s first ever Japanese microbrewery, right here! We shit you not.
Those frequenting Broadbeach will already know a bucket load of work is happening on The Oasis Shopping Centre-side of pedestrian only Victoria Avenue, with a bevvie of fun new hospo venues preparing to open their doors over the coming weeks. We were already excited, but now the levels have just skyrocketed.
Grandly dubbed the Harajuku Gyoza Beer Stadium, Broadbeach will become a new base for Harajuku’s exclusive Japanese beer brand, Yoyogi. The team has been working closely with family-run Kizakura, a century-old sake and beer brewery out of Kyoto, Japan—which means this shiz is seriously legit! They’re currently in the midst of installing four 1,200-litre beer tanks that will produce six core Japanese-style craft beers plus seasonal releases, to be sold onsite and eventually further afield. Yoyogi’s session-able brews will also be served alongside hard-to-find Japanese whiskies and sake that can be purchased by the nip or bottle.
We’re loving the sound of the “entertaining table” too, that will be strategically positioned alongside the microbrewery, and where you can gather a gang of beer-loving friends to pour direct from your own 10-litre keg of locally-brewed craft beer goodness. Pair your brews with plate after plate of authentic dumplings and gyoza, perfectly crisp on the bottom and steaming inside, plus chicken katsu curry, pork belly, miso, tempura eggplant, and all the usual favourites. We’re drooling just thinking about it.
With a “$30 journey to Japan” philosophy, Harajuku Gyoza aims to offer a fun and affordable night out, which is bloody alright in our books. While we’re yet to see Broadbeach’s soon-to-open Harajuku fit-out with our own eyes, if it’s anything like their well-patronised venues in Brisbane and Sydney, expect open-plan kitchens where you can watch your gyoza being meticulously prepared by hand, a bustling izakaya-style atmosphere, kitsch décor that’s a nod to the glaring vibrancy of cosmopolitan Toyko, plus energetic staff who’ll probably yell at you when you order a round of sake (cheerfully, of course).
Yep, the good hospo news continues to flood in, folks! We’ll bring you first pictures as soon as we get the nod to swing in for a sneaky peek; fortunately, you won’t be waiting long.
Where: Outside at The Oasis Shopping Centre, Victoria Avenue
When: Due to open in time for Blues On Broadbeach
Photo Credit: Harajuku Gyoza