Gyoza Sake Bar – The Japanese Gem In Zagreb

Gyoza is a Japanese restaurant located on one of the busiest streets in Zagreb.  When someone mentions Japan, Zagreb and restaurant in the same sentence the only thing that springs to mind is – sushi. In most cases, average sushi at best. But, Gyoza doesn’t offer any sushi. They offer everything but sushi and that’s why we loved them and that’s why this place is a nice addition to Zagreb’s foodie scene and culture.

What does Gyoza even mean? Well simply, gyoza is dumpling stuffed with vegetables or ground meat and it’s one of the most popular dishes in eastern Asia. We tried gyoza at Gyoza and it was really tasty, dough not too chewy and perfectly balanced in thickness with stuffing. Yum. Disclaimer: Personal moment. You didn’t discover this part of me till now but I’m somewhat obsessed with dumplings.

Gyoza offers a decent number of Japanese dishes but we recommend to closely follow their Facebook page for the best stuff. They update they menu every week and post it there. And every time there’s at least one dish that you can’t try anywhere in Zagreb but there and for a limited time only.

We also tried shogayaki and Japanese curry and both dishes were surprisingly pleasant. Shogayaki is one of the most popular pork dishes in Japan and you can find it everywhere. The meat was tender, seasoning was perfect and when I finished eating I wanted more.

Ana had Japanese curry and she didn’t speak much (she did mumble something though) but when she caught some breath after inhaling half of the plate she said that it was “just great, just great, we’ll come back here for sure” so I figure the curry was tasty, too.

The only thing that I can’t get over with is a pretty poor selection of beverages. Sapporo is the only Japanese beer on the menu and all other Croatian beers aren’t worth the mention.

Gyoza is a great little place where you can taste some flavors that you can’t taste anywhere else in Zagreb. We highly recommend to visit them and give them a chance. There is only a handful so authentic places in Zagreb.  We must cherish and respect them.



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