Located in Chinatown near the corner of Bourke St and Russell St is the newly opened Gyoza Douraku. I went there with my girlfriend on a Monday night after a comedy show. I was initially attracted to its modern Japanese aesthetics but then sold by the menu. A waiter explained that the place works like a tapas bar and all plates (6 gyozas) are $6.50 each.
The inside looks like a modern New York loft meets traditional Japanese dining. The staff were attentive and everything looked modern and clean.
The food was fresh and delicious. We ordered gyozas and vegetable tempura. The chicken and lemongrass gyozas, and the vegetable and chives gyozas were our stand out dishes. We liked it so much we ordered again while we were still eating.
The variation in gyozas were fantastic as they can be ordered pan fried, steamed or in soup. There are also main dishes to choose from for anyone who doesn't like the tapas approach.
I'm confident these guys will be sticking around for a while and, more importantly, I finally have that gyoza place I can recommend to my friends. Visit their website here. It doesn't have their whole menu but is a good example of what to expect. Enjoy.