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REVIEW: Gyoza Bar, Covent Garden

REVIEW: Gyoza Bar, Covent Garden

WHAT? If the doughy half-moon starters at pan-Asian eateries mean more to you than the main event, Gyoza Bar’s calling your name. The focus here is on great dim sum, padded out with warming ramen noodles and pillowy bao buns.

WHY GO? Perfect for a quick dinner date pre or post-theatre, food’s served promptly and piping hot, service friendly and helpful. The space isn’t atmospheric, but a handful of pink-haired chefs completing the gyoza production line at the front of the restaurant shows you everything is made fresh.

BEST DISH: We could have happily eaten three pulled BBQ pork bao buns, sprinkled with roasted peanut – but the dry, mealy chicken katsu version we wouldn’t order again. The chicken ramen is a steaming bowl of comfort, served with deep-fried chicken, shoyu tamago, spring onion, kikurage mushrooms and nori.

We loved the Gyoza Wrap (four pieces of deep fried pork gyoza with avocado & tomato salsa on lettuce leaves) and Salmon Gyoza, doused in Yuzu coconut chili oil. Speaking of dipping, their soy sauce is crucially mixed with Japanese vinegar for an authentic flavour.

In terms of booze, you’re spoiled for choice – All Caps Pilsener is on draught, they’ve got Asahi Super Dry in a can, and Sapporo and Asahi Black by the bottle. A shot or two of Nikka blended Japanese whisky is the perfect send off.

WHERE? Next door to and sharing bathroom facilities with Japanese joint Murakami, a toilet visit gives you a glimpse into an evening spent at the larger, louder and more expensive neighbour. More of a place to linger, it offers more atmosphere and buzz – but reliably quick service and hunger-busting dishes are better found at the little bar you started in.

DETAILS: / 63-66 St Martin’s Ln, London, WC2N 4JS / 02036017077 /

Amy Everett is FashionBite's food and travel editor, she also writes for national newspapers and magazines including the Guardian Travel, Stylist, Shortlist, Red, Cosmopolitan and more.

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