Senjo Handmade Gyoza Shop

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Ikebukuro 2-55-12, Toshima-ku (at Ikebukuro station), Tokyo, Japan

Serves meat, vegan options available. Small gyoza (dumplings) shop near the Sakura hotel in Ikebukuro. Operated by a Taiwanese woman who speaks some English and understands vegetarian requirements. Offers 2 vegetarian lunch sets and 1 vegetarian dinner course, plus other vegetarian-suitable a la carte dinner items. Note: In Japan kitchens often stop serving 30-60 minutes before closing time. Call ahead to confirm. Open Mon-Sun 11:00am-11:00pm.

Category: Vegan-friendly, Chinese, Take-out, Non-veg

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First Review by MidnightSun112

Hole in the Wall - Edit

Tiny little shop with very friendly service. Gyoza was a little pricey, but very delicious. The woman spoke English and asked if we were vegan. She chatted with us for a bit too!

Cons: a little expensive, hard to notice

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Casual, Friendly Gyoza Shop - Edit

If you are a fussy eater or like a fine dining experience - don't come here. If you like to be adventurous and try something different I highly recommend this place!

We walked in, luckily there was space (it is a very small space) and a lovely lady popped out of the kitchen. She asked if we were vegan or vegetarian and if we were hungry. We answered her and off she went again. Listening to her cook whilst looking at all the interesting posters on the wall and sitting at the plastic table made me feel as though I was elsewhere in Asia (not in commercial Ikebukuro). After a little while she came out again with two plates of beautiful, colourful gyoza. They were all coloured with different natural ingredients and had different fillings!

It was a delicious meal! Perhaps a little on the expensive side but I felt like we were entering her home and the dishes had been prepared with love and passion - so really not expensive if you consider that!

Pros: Interesting food, Owner speaks English, Unique atmosphere for Tokyo

Cons: Small

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Not cheap at all, and not special - Edit

Beware of the prices at this place, there's no way this is only 1 dollar sign. A plate of 6 dumplings costs 650¥ (which we hadn't realized when we first sat down), but the lady there suggested we each take a plate of 10, a sample platter, if we were hungry. Given the hole-in-the-wall atmosphere of the place (very small sitting area, all plastic, bug on the wall and a sneezing chef) and our experiences with other gyoza places in Japan, we didn't think it could be that expensive and decided to go with the lady's recommendation. Do make sure you ask for the prices though. While we were waiting, the chef asked if we liked beans, and when we said we did, we had apparently ordered another plate (whereas I was thinking she was asking about our preferences for the gyoza filling), an appetizer with three small soy rolls and some soy meat, and before we got them we heard a suspiciously microwave-sounding ding from the kitchen.

Fast forward, we had the appetizer and two plates of 10 gyoza each, getting ready to pay - it's 3000¥! This is for lunch! The sample platter was 1100 each (not on any menu), the appetizer was 580, and tax was added on top. I spent less at Ain.Soph, and they are pricey already. I'm still angry that I didn't stop to check the price, and the dumplings were pretty mediocre too, so it's not even like I feel the money was a good investment.

So, if you do decide to go, make sure you check what you are ordering and how much it will cost you, and don't forget that it's not tax-inclusive.

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Excellent Service, great hospitality, peaceful ambiance! - Edit

I came across Senjo online and was curious since many people have praised it's gyoza very highly. Took my good friend with me in the evening time, and man it was perfect! Super quiet and both the ladies were very sociable with us! We enjoyed the chat and really loved the rich flavor of the gyoza! Health is wealth and these ladies are SUPER RICH.

While many people have mentioned the place being small, yes it is. However, I think that's what makes this place feel so much more homey and less like a noise infested bar. The food could be enjoyed thoroughly without disturbance.

Pros: Incredibly sociable owners, and hard working!, Very quiet and hospitable., Savory and very rich tasting gyoza, all vegan!

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cheap tasty and great variety of gyoza fillings - Edit

Great lunch and dinner deals: cheap healthy filling meals. Not oily at all. Take out is also available (lunch set take out has no soup but bigger portions of all the rest and twice the amount of rice).
If you're looking for a fancy place to dine, this isn't for you, but if you like a more casual local feel, you can get good food at this cosy tiny place at a very reasonable price so I'd definitely recommend this place!

Pros: lots of vegan options, tasty and healthy food, cheap

Cons: serves meat and fish too

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Small but great! - Edit

Only about 8 seats max but one of the best meals I had in Japan. Had the vegan dinner set (¥750) which was so good. The set items change every day, as the lady there cooks to order depending on your requirements, they are well aware of vegan and vegetarian requirements! Had about 6 assorted dumplings, these amazing cooked lotus roots, soup, and rice. Such a great meal!!

Pros: Authentic home-made food, Small and cosy, Delicious

Cons: Small and cosy

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Small but great - Edit

Small 6-seater restaurant in Ikebukuro. I had the dinner set which was priced very reasonably at 750 yen. The dumplings were really good and the waiters friendly.

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Wonderful little place - Edit

This is a small 6 seater place ad the women running it are so sweet and helpful. They suggested we try a plate of mixed veg gyoza each - we received dumplings with white dough, red dough and green dough with various fillings. Really tasty and very reasonably priced.

Pros: Easy to find, inexpensive, friendly.

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Amazing home made food! - Edit

I came here tonight with a friend and it was absolutely delicious! The owner is such a sweetheart and was very keen to explain what everything was so we knew for sure what we were eating. We got a huge amount of food in the dinner set; 5 dumplings, rice, stir fry dish with fake meat and beans, pickled veg, soup and a sesame soup for dessert. Especially appreciated in Tokyo as portions tend to be small here! I would definitely recommend this place to anyone who comes to Tokyo!

Pros: Delicious food, friendly owner, large portions

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Honest, good, delightful - Edit

We wandered over to this small restaurant not knowing what to expect during our first time in the area. We were surprised to discover this tiny dumpling shop which is a diamond in the rough!

When we arrived we were immediately asked if we were vegetarian; specified vegan (no egg). We ordered the 750 yen set meal which comes with 5 assorted dumplings, rice, soup, and one dish. The dumplings were amazing and you can immediately tell they're homemade.

I should mention that the seating area is very narrow so it would be difficult for parties greater than 2 people. There are 6 total seats.

Overall, one of our least expensive yet most satisfying meals during our 2-week travel in Japan!

Pros: Open late (11pm), Extensive vegan/vegetarian options

Cons: Limited seating

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Amazing! - Edit

As soon as we walked in the owner asked if we were vegan! so handy as sometimes explaining is difficult. We had the set meal and it was delicious really recommend it. The price was reasonable as well. The locals who frequent the place are very friendly too!

Pros: Filled you up with home made goodness

Cons: It serves meat too so that's always a downer

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so glad I came! - Edit

wonderful Taiwanese set meal consisted of vegetable gyoza (I forgot to specify vegan so these may have been cooked with egg, please do ask of you go!) and a sort of mock meat soy chicken which fortunately tasted nothing like chicken and was delicious with rice. tiny place but just how I like it!

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Tasty dumplings - Edit

Found this place with the Happy Cow app and decided to give it a try. It's tiny and unassuming (seats only six people at a time!) but the dumplings are all handmade from scratch and quite tasty. The owner is very friendly and speaks excellent English. The vegetarian set (make sure to specify no egg) came with rice, pickles, ginger soup, stir-fried veggies, 5 large dumplings and dipping sauce. If you're in a hurry and want something quick, filling, and inexpensive, this hits the spot.

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Fantastic Place! - Edit

This tiny restaurant is owned by such a sweet and welcoming Taiwanese lady. She speaks very good English and has a good understanding of what it means to be vegetarian and vegan.

My sister and I both ordered the set dinner, which came with a plate of handmade gyoza along with a simple stir-fry, rice, a bowl of soup and a cup of Taiwanese tea. At only 750 yen, it's excellent value for money.

The food was delicious and we felt so welcomed and cared for. We were asked what our preferences were (e.g. spicy or mild), and then our meal was lovingly cooked to order.

We both loved our meal here and can't wait to come back next time we are in Tokyo. I would give this place 5 stars if I could!
Updated from previous review on Saturday February 21, 2015

Pros: Excellent food, Good value, Friendly owner

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Ok - Edit

This is a very very small spot, it accomodates aroung 6 people so its really more like a shop not a restaurant or bar. I expected something different...
Also, the interior doesn't look good, everything seems dirty
and rather 'poor'.
The lady who cooks and serves the food is lovely. We waited about 15 min for our set but that's fine-she prepares all by herself. The set contains of rice, miso, omlette (if you eat eggs), veggies and 5 gyoza. It's average to be honest.
I wouldn't visit again.

Pros: LOVELY stuff, take out possible

Cons: interior-seems dirty, very small

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Hidden gem! - Edit

What a relief to find this place through this site, and just around the corner from where I was staying at the sakura hotel. They do a lot of "mock" meats which really concerned me to begin with when I saw the mock bacon (which looked similar to quorn bacon in england but I thought surely not here in Tokyo??), but they assured me it was not meat and was actually seaweed based, which was backed up by my meat eating friends saying it didnt have the taste or texture of meat and turned out quite nice, they also made me a vege friendly vegetable bowl of soup, I ended up ordering more of the dumplings for my lunch the next day before I left! She has run the shop for 10 years now and has had lots of vege customers so understands our requirements, also asking me if I ate egg which helped convince me there would not be hidden meat or fish, worth dropping in!

Pros: Good range of dumplings, Seem to understand vegetarian diet, Cheap!

Cons: Tight, support group of maybe 3 if empty, Hard to spot

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Yum! - Edit

Friendly owner great food
Updated from previous review on Sunday June 08, 2014

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A Taste of Taiwan in Tokyo - Edit

This tiny restaurant (only 3 tables!) was easy to find and very welcoming!! They have an a la carte menu but it's just as easy to order the vegetarian set. One of the owners suggested it to us and we were very pleased with the amount of food, the selection of Taiwanese veggie dishes and the price! Highly recommended for a very small group of people, or they have all menu options available for take away.

Pros: Big quantity of food in the sets, Great prices , Friendly environment

Cons: Small dining space

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Lovely welcoming fare... - Edit

Having been a bit apprehensive about trying to get by in Japan as a veggie, I have been quite surprised at the variety and choice. Also we have had a local translator at hand to guide us through a myriad of confusing characters in the alphabet. However tonight was my first foray into the culinary world under our own steam. Following the Happy Cow recommendation, we headed for Senjo Handmade Gyoza Shop. What a surprise it was. A small room, divided by a partition, tiny kitchen on one side, and a "corridor" of a room seating 5 or 6 in a line on the other. Two lovely ladies, with enough English to explain the menu to us, presented us with a handcrafted meal of several courses, each with tantalising flavour and aroma. My 2 (meat eating) colleagues shared the same starter dishes, but had a carnivorous option when it came to the dumpling course. An egg fried rice dish and some delicious ginger soup finished off the meal.
Apparently the menu continually changes, and we were carefully checked as to our dietary preferences.
We felt like spoilt children, each dish being carefully presented to us to enjoy with the enthusiasm of a cook sharing their recipes with us.
The staff were as keen to take our picture as we we were to take theirs, and we left after paying a very reasonable price, with a feeling of a satisfied stomach and a contented heart.
We will definitely go back!

Pros: Excellent, freshly prepared food, Very friendly and helpful staff, "part of the family" atmosphere

Cons: Wouldn't suit a large group

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cheapest vegetarian you'll find in Tokyo - Edit

I found this place on http://www.vege-navi.jp, a website for veg/vegan/veg-friendly restaurants in Japan. The shop the only place that serves veg food in a predominantly Chinese neighborhood. The sign is in Japanese only: 篠線手打餃子専門店. Look for a very small shop with only a few tables and many pictures on the wall. I have visited there for lunch and dinner. 2 lunch sets are available: 1 for 750 yen and another for 1000. I had the 750 yen one and portions were sufficient. It included 6, large handmade vegetarian gyoza dumplings, soup, pickles, and main dish of sweet and sour "pork" made with fake meat. The owner said the dumpling sauce is homemade with Chinese medicinal herbs and had a cinnamon-like spice to it, which I loved. For dinner, they have vegetarian a la carte items or you can request a course which starts from 1800 yen. Tell the owner what you like and she'll prepare things to your liking. All in all, the food was very good and lovingly made-to-order not to mention the cheapest veg meal I've found so far in Tokyo. I'll definitely be back. They serve over 30 types of dumplings, some of which appear to contain only plant ingredients, but I only had 1 type so I can't confirm. The food in general does not appear to contain egg or dairy items so it *may* be suitable for vegans but you would have to confirm this with the owner.

Pros: VERY reasonable, owner can speak some English, homestyle veg Chinese

Cons: hard to find, veg-friendly but not 100% veg

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