A Japanese experience @ The Gyoza Bar

The Gyoza Bar on Ponsonby Road first opened its doors in March this year. The friendly and inviting atmosphere makes for the perfect place to pop in for a quick snack and a drink. Or you might prefer a casual meal or a more formal dinner - you can choose.

What does gyoza mean?
Gyoza is the word for a small Japanese dumpling. They are filled with ingredients such as mince and vegetables and are cooked in various ways, boiled or steamed but are typically fried.

Japanese gyozas differ from Chinese dumplings. They are smaller with a thinner skin, which is better suited to frying on teppan griddles. This gives the dumpling a crispier and fluffier texture. You can enjoy this delicious combination of crispiness and fluffiness with various dipping sauces of your choice!

All the gyozas at The Gyoza Bar on Ponsonby Road are made using an authentic recipe. It’s a recipe that for many years has been used in ‘Kotetsu’, a gyoza bar in Fukuoka Japan, owned and operated by the same company.

What’s on the menu at The Gyoza Bar?
Gyozas of course! They cater for all tastes - pork with cabbage, seasonal vegetables and oyster sauce, Wagyu with beef and cabbage, seasonal vegetables and oyster sauce, the Gyoza Pork Platter, the Gyoza Wagyu Platter, prawn wrapped with wonton pastries, or spicy pork marinated with crunchy chilli oil.

There are tapas on the menu that make a delicious snack - sunflower seeds, edamame, pickled cabbage, lotus root chips, takoyaki - octopus ball, with mayo and katsu sauce.

The chef’s specials include: stir fried seasonal vegetable with garlic soy sauce, jumbo prawn katsu, karaage chicken bites marinated in ginger, garlic and soy sauce, chicken katsu skewers, vegetable tempura (vegan option available) and fried oysters with panko and served with a green salad. Finish the meal with green tea ice cream.

A comprehensive drinks menu offers a range of sake options, Japanese whiskies, Tiger, Asahi and other beers, cocktails, New Zealand and international wines and a selection of non-alcoholic drinks.

What people saying about Gyoza Bar:
“Very good customer service, top notch food selection. Will definitely return. Overall an awesome experience and atmosphere and extremely good staff.”

“Amazing staff and genuinely the best dumplings I’ve ever had! The takoyaki was superb - and you can’t leave without tasting the cheese gyoza! Would 10/10 recommend.”

“Really nice atmosphere, warm welcome and good quality Japanese food. Worth a try. Good selection that is vegetarian friendly and I am quite fond of Japanese whiskey.”

Present the voucher in the advertisement and get a free Wagyu beef skewer when you purchase a drink. *Voucher valid until 30 November 2018.

Open lunch (Friday - Sunday) from 12 noon, dinner (Tuesday - Sunday) from 5pm.
THE GYOZA BAR, 171C Ponsonby Road, T: 09 361 1619, www.gyozabar.co.nz