Pairon offers a wide selection of well-prepared Chinese dumplings and other dim sum dishes, all at very reasonable prices. Dishes here seem a bit more sophisticated than at your typical gyoza joint, incorporating high-quality ingredients and more Chinese and Taiwanese flavors as well as some unusual ingredients. It's worth exploring the menu to find your favorites.
Pairon's shrimp shumai is one standout dish, stuffed with plump, juicy and flavorful shrimp with minimal filler ingredients. The lozenge-shaped Pairon gyoza (the name means "White Dragon") are also memorable, with a mild cinnamon flavor and a chewy skin that's reminiscent of pizza dough, perhaps inspired by the chef's experience running an Italian restaurant.
Other highlights include super-crunchy fried spring rolls; shiso gyoza (with a big shiso leaf wrapped around a pork filling); stir-fried bean sprouts with pork, and spicy pickled cucumbers.
The setting is quite informal - just a double row of small tables behind the kitchen, and a standing counter in front of the shop if you just want to pop in for a quick snack. Pairon can serve as a filling final stop on a bar-hopping tour of the Toranomon Yokocho bar complex, or a destination of its own for a very casual meal. Budget around Y2,500 for food and drink.
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