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“Fantastic!!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gyoza Douraku

Gyoza Douraku
147 Bourke St, Melbourne, Victoria 3000, Australia
3 9650 5225
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Ranked #61 of 3,967 restaurants in Melbourne
Cuisines: Japanese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
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6 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Fantastic!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2013

Absolutely a surprise ... we were greeted like long lost friends .. made comfortable and given a menu that had our mouths watering before we had even seen the food. Food was a sensation .. generous pour of wine and our night was made ... to try and describe the flavours and style would not do te food justice .. just go along and see for yourself.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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54 reviews 54 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
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“Oh What A Find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2012

Many of the little Asian restaurants along the top end of Bourke Street seem fairly faceless – they come and go with relative frequency and all seem to offer slight variations on a westernised version of their homeland. Not so the new Japanese Goyoza Bar, Goyoza Doraku.

Step through the front door and you are transported 5,000 miles across the world to Japan where you can indulge in a range of authentic Japanese dishes. There are no westernised concessions here - the food is traditional and delicious.

With over 60 dishes on the menu there are lots to choose from. We ordered our dishes for the table to share starting with two kinds of Yakitori $6.90, chicken thigh and breast with the thigh being the obviously moister option. Unfortunately the Waygu Gyoza was sold out but the Ebi Gyoza $9.50 were packed full of juicy prawns and delectably plump. The Moyashi salad was a delicious mixture of wilted bean sprouts topped with minced pork. I also highly recommend exploring the chef’s specials.

On the table is an array of condiments so you mix up your own sauces to accompany the food. Ask the waiter for an explanation

There’s a solid wine list too, unusual for an Asian restaurant and proof that the Japanese do know a bit about wine. The D’Arenberg Football Shiraz $9.50 a glass is probably the best in the list. What was a surprise what that the generous pour was served in a proper Syrah-sized wine glass. Full marks!

If wine’s not your thing then there’s also been and a range of sake’s that would make you weep. And the Sencha (Japanese Tea) is also deliciously authentic.

Having travelled through Japan and eaten at Goyoza Bars in Tokyo and Kyoto the folk at Goyoza Douraku have gotten it right. What is really refreshing about this find is the simplicity in restaurant design and their unpretentious approach to eating. There’s no over-servicing, unlike many other Japanese restaurants trying to woo you with a gastronomic adventure through adapted cuisine. It is pure, humble and authentic.

With pleasant and efficient service with a smile, and thoughtful extras like the basket under the table for personal effects to allow maximum table space, this is a great little place for any time of day including late nights. And with special lunch set menus at a bargain price this is a perfect place to grab a couple of colleagues and escape the hustle and bustle of Melbourne for an authentic Japanese experience that won’t break the budget.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best gyoza!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

Delicious gyoza. Efficient service. You must try the Japanese Fried Chicken - it is out of this world! Japanese chef which is always a good sign that you will get authentic Japanese cuisine. Highly recommended.

Visited November 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Superb Japanese food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

I can not remember every being made to feel more welcome at an asian restaurant. From the friendly greeting at the door to having the menu options cheerfully explained to me was a warm and enticing experience.
This restaurant specialises in Gyoza (japanese fried and steamed dumplings) but also other selections of superb Japanese food. They have fried, steamed and even fried and covered with cheese!
Rather than just being give one sauce to go with your gyoza, you get a whole tray of sources plus garlic, ginger and sesame seeds and your encourage to mix your own. What fun!
Even when busy the staff were attentive and happy to take the time to talk to you and see if everything was to your liking. So different to my usual asian restaurant experience of broken English and pointing at photos on a menu.
And one more thing that to me sums up the class of this place - tea pots that don't leak. Yes, you read that correctly, tea pots that don't leak! I thought that was just a given for all asian restaurants.
I'm almost afraid to post this review as I don't won't this place to get too busy such that I can't get a table!
Do yourself a favour and come in and enjoy this place.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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