Gyoza, dumplings, potstickers. . . whatever you like to call them, there is something about these little bags of meaty, (sometimes, vegetabley) deliciousness that just hits the spot. Gyoza are small and light (hell, they're practically a health food!) and so tasty (especially when coupled with a punchy dipping sauce) that we'd be happy to eat them at every meal.
And it seems we're not alone in our love of this Asian staple—gyoza dumplings are popping up on menus all over Sydney and we couldn't be happier. So, in the name of research, we've tracked down some of the best gyoza in Sydney, just for you. Here are our picks for Sydney's best gyoza.
Zushi | Surry Hills
A popular date night destination on Sydney's restaurant scene, Zushi is conveniently located in the heart of Surry Hills on Crown Street, and serves up some of the best Japanese in Sydney. Zushi's gyoza is lightly pan-fried and of the pork variety, which is always a winner with us. Follow this tasty entree with the tuna takaki and ponzu dressing, or the deep-fried soft-shell crab, also with spicy ponzu dressing, because, THE TASTE.
Wa Japanese Restaurant | Bondi Junction
This local, family-run Japanese restaurant serves up delicious chicken, prawn, and vegetable gyoza that will have you coming back again and again (and again). Renowned for its fresh and tasty Japanese fare, the gyoza at Wa Japanese Restaurant should be consumed pre the karaage chicken and famous miso eggplant dishes (so that you can fit more in).
Paper Planes | Bondi (now closed)
Nestled along Campbell Parade in Bondi's dining and shopping precinct, sits the delightful Paper Planes Japanese restaurant. The gyoza are homemade and delightfully pan-fried and you can choose from: pork and cabbage with chili ponzu sauce; duck and bamboo shoot with ginger soy vinegar; and lastly, prawn gyoza with creamy lemon wasabi foam and crushed wasabi peas. Ardent foodies, trust us, this is a must-try if you're on the hunt for the best gyoza in Sydney.
Kyushu | Neutral Bay
Neutral Bay on Sydney's Lower North Shore has become somewhat of a Japanese cuisine hub, with Kyushu the leader of the pack. When it comes to gyoza, Kyushu's come in pork or vegetable form, deeply fried and piping hot. Accompanied with a slight sour sauce, Kyushu's gyoza make a great entrée before tucking into other Japanese delights such as teriyaki chicken or wafum steak. Definitely up there with the best Japanese restaurants in Sydney, Kyushu will not disappoint.
Harajuku Gyoza | Potts Point
It's a gyoza restaurant, so it's lucky that gyoza is what Harajuka Gyoza do best! Choose from fried or poached—Harajuku Gyoza cares about your tastebuds AND your waistline, Sydney—then choose from grilled or poached pork, chicken, or duck, or go crazy and order the grilled whole prawn. Vegie options are also available for the omnivores. If you're looking for the best gyoza in Sydney, folks, Harajuku needs to be on your list.
Yachiyo Japanese | Darlinghurst
One of the best Japanese restaurants in Sydney, you cannot go wrong when ordering at Yachiyo—there will be no food envy here, absolutely everything is delicious and they are definitely contenders for the title of the best gyoza in Sydney. The Bou Gyoza offers the perfect start to your Japanese food safari; plump pork dumplings Yachiyo-style and they are damn tasty. Other menu highlights include: the vegetable and seafood tempura; carpaccio of thinly sliced sashimi, and a pork-spare rib and belly braised in soy sauce stock for two days that will have you levitating.
Have we left off your favourite? Where do you think does the best gyoza in Sydney? Let us know, below!