Chef Motokichi Yukimura From Kyoto's Kichi Kichi Is Bringing His Viral Omurice Back to Australia

This is the second time in 2024 that the Japanese chef is hitting Sydney and Brisbane to whip up his specialty dish.
Sarah Ward
Published on June 19, 2024

Some dishes are as straightforward as they sound, and omurice — aka omelette rice — is one of them. It's an omelette made with fried rice, then typically topped with sauce. Yes, it's an easy concept to get around; however, not all versions of this western-influenced Japanese eggs-plus-rice staple are made equal. Indeed, trying Kichi Kichi Omurice's in Kyoto might be on your travel bucket list.

Chef Motokichi Yukimura's viral-famous take on the dish has made him an internet star — the term "Japan's most-famous omurice chef" has been used — and seen his eatery become a tourist destination. As of January 2024, it's no longer doing bookings in advance, in fact. Now, diners are only able to make reservations on the same day they're eating, and need a password that's placed on the restaurant's door each morning to lock in their seating.

But if you'd like the Kichi Kichi Omurice experience without the airfares, that's about to become a reality in Australia for four nights only — two apiece in Sydney and Brisbane. And yes, if this sounds familiar, that's because it's the second time that Yukimura is hitting both cities this year after an earlier trip in February and March.

Yukimura will again be visiting Harajuku Gyoza to show why the dish he's been making for over 45 years is such a smash. The chef is doing 'meet and eat' events in both cities, cooking everyone who attends his specialty — and putting on a show, complete with his Kichi Kichi Omurice song and dance.

Folks in Sydney are headed to Harajuku Gyoza Darling Harbour across Wednesday, July 17–Thursday, July 18. For Brisbanites, your destination is Harajuku Gyoza South Brisbane from Sunday, July 21–Monday, July 22.

In Sydney, tickets cost $160 per person and are sold in pairs, with sittings at 12pm, 5pm, 6.30pm and 8pm on both days. Brisbane's tickets are $140 each, again sold in pairs, with the same sitting times.

That price covers tucking into Yukimura's omurice, plus Harajuku Gyoza's signature long fries, three types of gyoza, air cheesecake and a welcome drink — and meeting the chef.

Motokichi Yukimura will be at Harajuku Gyoza Darling Harbour in Sydney on Wednesday, July 17–Thursday, July 18, then at Harajuku Gyoza South Brisbane in Brisbane from Sunday, July 21–Monday, July 22. Head to the eatery's website for further details and bookings.

Published on June 19, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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