Brisbane, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley, Queensland, Australia

Japanese dumpling fans should not miss a visit to the tiny wood-panelled Gyoza Bar Ann on a corner of the Emporium. In the evenings the place is abuzz as the hipster Japanese crowd descend to feast on sizzling great value plates of pork, vegetable, chicken, cheese and seafood dumplings served by efficient yukata-clad waitresses.

While the delicious gyoza is the name of the game here, everything else on the simple menu is just as good, from the okonomiyaki (savoury Japanese pancakes) to the chicken karaage, the spring rolls to the agedashi tofu. And no need to leave for dessert with green tea or tiramisu ice-cream to finish.

On hand are a great range of Japanese beer, hot or cold sake and kirin to accompany.

6 Corrie Street, Chermside, Queensland, Australia
07 3350 282307 3350 2823

A great little new addition to the Brisbane cafe/restaurant/Japanese goods scene in the northern suburbs in Brisbane.

Opened in September 2014 in Chermside, Maruwa offers a great selection of Japanese cafe food – for either local dining (limited)  or takeaway – including ramen, curry, donburi, gyoza, and some great sushi party platters ( give a days notice for pick-up…)

This small space also stocks a surprisingly-large range of Japanese staple products – soy sauce, Kewpie mayonnaise, Japanese curry sauces, snacks, drinks and a good range of Japanese confectionery, including the famous Japanese Green-Tea Kit Kats.

Shop 1/60 Vulture St West End

Zagyoza is a purveyor of delicious, authentic Japanese fare.

The delightfully welcoming team at Zagyoza, which includes talented Japanese chef Yachiyo san, serves up a wide range of inspired fillings, including a tempting assortment of vegan and vegetarian options.

Alongside the crispy dumpling offerings, you’ll find Japanese bento box lunches, refreshing iced teas and a rotating menu of traditional meals.

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