Are you looking for a good after work drink spot? Do you enjoy cheap and tasty gyoza? If you answered yes then you should consider visiting Gyoza Douraku. Situated in the middle of the Russel Street in the CBD, it’s in a great location for after work drinks or even a light dinner with a few beers.
Everything on the menu is $6.50 apart from their special pork and garlic gyoza which is only $3.50 after 3pm every day they are open. That’s 5 pieces of delicious gyoza for just $3.50.
What I love most about this place though is the self serve sauces plate. It comes with chilli oil, sesame oil, fresh garlic, vinegar and soy sauce.
We tried quite a few things on the menu including the lamb ribs – twice cooked lamb ribs in honey soy sauce which was totally delicious and quite fatty. You get three ribs per plate and each one is full of flavour, slightly crunchy on the edges and very well seasoned.
We also tried the ebi karaage – whole prawns served with wasabi mayo. You can eat the whole prawn as it was deep fried to the point the shells are crunchy and the wasabi mayo was a good combination. It needed slightly more mayo though as I dunked each prawn and ended up running out.
The mixed veggie tempura was lightly battered and not too oily, but felt it wasn’t as good value as some other dishes.
The Coffin Bay oysters with ponzu sauce were fresh, sweet and tangy and were good value. I love oysters so could have eaten many plates of this.
The gyutan (beef tongue) was cut slightly too thick and it needed more lemon to add more zing and it wasn’t seasoned so we had to add a lot of salt.
The wafu steak was cooked well, it melted in my mouth and loved the addition of the grated daikon on top which added a bit of refreshing taste to the dish.
The fried corn balls were not as good with it tasting just like corn and flour.
The chicken karaage was a lot better. The juicy pieces of deep fried chicken was a perfect side to a big glass of beer. They were bite sized compare to the usual so was a bit like popcorn chicken.
We tried the lobster and crab sliders too but found both of them to be a bit too doughy and a bit too filling without actually tasting that great so wouldn’t be getting these next time.
We also tried many of their other gyoza but found the classic pork and garlic to be the best value obviously at the special price of $3.50. If they were all $6.50, it’s worth trying some of the other gyoza flavours like wagyu beef and red onion and the miso eggplant and duck were good choices.
Overall we quite enjoyed the meals we had there. The atmosphere was great, the dishes are good for sharing and having with some beer, although I wouldn’t say it’s spectacular. If you’re looking for inexpensive tapas or izakaya style food and drinks venue, Gyoza Douraku is a good choice.
Phone: (03) 9650 5225
Address: 147 Bourke St Melbourne, VIC 3000
Opening Hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:45am – 10:30pm
Friday: 11:45am – 1am
Saturday: 4pm – 1am