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Itching to try Japanese street food in Melbourne? Hankering after a little bit of diced octopus, or perhaps a little tempura? Well, allow us to introduce ourselves. We are Gyoza Gyoza, and while our street-stall days are now behind us, we proudly serve delicious Japanese street food to the hungry masses of Melbourne.
You see, Gyoza Gyoza is a Japanese restaurant inspired by the iconic izakayas of Japan. An izakaya, for those not in the know, is an informal establish for eating and drinking that is Japan’s answer to a British pub, an old timey American saloon, or a tapas bar. You duck inside with your friends, you order from a staggeringly huge menu drinks and delicious bar snacks, and you wile away the hours chatting, imbibing, indulging, and soaking up the ambience.
And when it comes to Japanese street food? We’ve got all the answers at our fingertips (or rather, at the fingertips of our talented chefs). Izakaya-style food comes in small portions, quick to cook, quick to eat, and naturally this has meant that izakayas have developed a strong affinity with street food. Come, let us whip our magnifying glasses together and take a closer look at some of our menu’s star players.
Important Japanese Street Food Case Study Number One: Okonomiyaki
If you don’t speak Japanese and you can pronounce it correctly on the first try, congratulations! (There’s no prize to be won, we’re just impressed.) Okonomiyaki is a favourite among izakaya-goers; a Japanese-style pancake with pink ginger and spring onions, topped with mayonnaise, katsu sauce and bonito. Sound tasty? It is. And we’re not just saying that because we made it.
The beauty of this dish is that, should you be keen for a little variation, you can use a huge variety of ingredients. Much in the same way that you can throw whatever you like on your pancakes or how you can simply keep piling ingredients into a sandwich until your fridge is empty, the word ‘okonomiyaki’ literally means ‘cooked as you like it’.
Important Japanese Street Food Case Study Number Two: Takoyaki
Next dish to be thrust under the microscope is takoyaki. Takoyaki looks a little bit like profiteroles at a glance. However, you’d do best not to make the mistake between the two at meal times. Takoyaki is a traditional ball-shaped Japanese snack, filled with diced octopus, tempura scraps, pickled ginger and green onion, topped with mayonnaise for good measure. Takoyaki makes for an ideal bar snack as you sit with your friends and regale each other with tales of your office politics; if you all end up losing interest in each other’s meandering tales, you can always solace in lovely takoyaki.
So then: yes, we are not technically on the street. You caught us out, there. But we most definitely do serve up some of the best Japanese street food in Melbourne; you can take our word on that one. And if you still need convincing? There’s only one way to settle the matter.
Come and pay us a visit, and put our chefs to the test!