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

The Japanese chef is doing 'meet and eat' events in Sydney and Brisbane — and he'll be cooking everyone his specialty dish.
By Sarah Ward
February 09, 2024
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By Sarah Ward
February 09, 2024
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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.

Yukimura is heading Down Under in February and March 2024 to hit up Harajuku Gyoza, and show why the dish he's been making for over 45 years is such a hit. 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 on Tuesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 29. For Brisbanites, your destination is Harajuku Gyoza Albert Lane in Brisbane from Sunday, March 3–Monday, March 4.

In Sydney, tickets cost $290 for two people, with sittings at 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm on both days. Brisbane's tickets are $250 for two, with 11am, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm sittings on the Sunday and 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 8pm sessions on the Monday.

That price covers tucking into Yukimura's omurice, plus Harajuku Gyoza's sushi tacos, mozzarella gyoza and dessert bao — and meeting the chef.

Harajuku Gyoza advises that Yukimura's last international event notched up 50,000 booking enquiries, so expect tickets to get snapped up quickly.

Motokichi Yukimura will be at Harajuku Gyoza Darling Harbour in Sydney on Tuesday, February 27 and Thursday, February 29, then at Harajuku Gyoza Albert Lane in Brisbane from Sunday, March 3–Monday, March 4. Head to the eatery's website for further details and bookings.

Published on February 09, 2024 by Sarah Ward
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