Last month, I was in Melbourne for a work conference and on the first night I was there, I had a hankering for Japanese. I found a few options around my hotel, but after some internet research, I decided to try Gyoza Gyoza as it was highly recommended by others.
The menu at Gyoza Gyoza is ‘Izakaya’ style (small dishes shared to “encourage conversation”) and are extremely well-priced. The options seem to be endless, and an added bonus is that Gyoza Gyoza use fresh, local produce.
Seeing as though Gyoza Gyoza markets itself as a Japanese gyoza bar, I felt that I probably should order gyozas on my visit. On the day, the house special was pork and garlic gyoza ($3.50 for 6 pieces). I couldn’t eat 6 pieces by myself, but I loved that there was a strong garlic taste and the gyozas were lightly seared to provide a bit of texture.
I can never go past ordering Takoyaki ($6.50), which are a Japanese-style street snack of deep fried octopus served with mayo. I think the takoyaki at Gyoza Gyoza were definitely one of the best I’ve had in a few years – they featured lots of octopus, were smothered in mayo (delicious!) and arrived to the table fresh out of the fryer. Perfection!
I also ordered the Salmon tataki salad ($6.50) – seared salmon slices with tabico on garden salad with yuzu honey dressing as well as a side of steamed jasmine rice. For the price, I thought that the size of the dish was generous and I loved the lightly seared salmon. As an added bonus, there was also salmon roe on the dish and the salad itself was very fresh.
Gyoza Gyoza is an eatery I wish I could have as my local – the food is fantastic, the prices are excellent and their bar has an excellent array of drinks available – including Japanese beer and over 100 different styles of Sake, Shochu and Plum wine. I will definitely return the next time I’m in Melbourne!