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Published June 18th 2019
Gyoza Gyoza is a Japanese Izakaya (tapas) style bar in Melbourne. You can choose from over 80 Japanese tapas, each serve priced from $6.80. The options include the signature pan fried or steamed gyoza with different fillings, sashimi, oysters, salads, grilled and fried dishes, sizzling plates, street snacks and more. Best to eat here with a group of friends to sample many items, and of course, pair the food with drinks, from the almost as extensive drink menu, with alcoholic and non-alcoholic Japanese beverages, and specials for 1L jugs of beer.
Gyoza Gyoza has 5 locations in Melbourne: Chinatown, Emporium, Melbourne Central, Chadstone Shopping Centre, and Westfield Doncaster. We ate at Melbourne Central; a small restaurant with very few seats inside, and an open space directly opposite with casual bench seating and tables and chairs. Most of the seats have heating above them, so you can still feel warm though the draft enters through the Latrobe Street entrance to Melbourne Central.
A busy Friday night, with staff who were unfamiliar with the menu and specials and possibly too few to attend to our requests, tested our patience. There is a tapas menu as well as a menu with mains, mostly comprising seafood hot-pots and soups, for those wanting something more filling.
We opted for the tapas as a pre-movie snack. Our choice was salmon sashimi and Takoyaki, accompanied with warm sake. The sashimi is delivered fresh daily from the local market and prepared by the in-house chef. Takoyaki is a ball-shaped street snack filled with diced octopus. The menu has many tempting options, so it will be difficult to choose just a few. The good news is that the menu caters for all diets, including vegan and gluten-free.