The round-up: the Gold Coast’s tastiest dumplings
Okay, we’ll admit it, we’re suckers for a good dumpling. In fact, we’re so fond of the little pillowy parcels of happiness that we’ve taken the liberty of rounding up some of our favourite gyozas and dumplings to sink your chopsticks into. With so many amazing restaurants to choose from, the hardest part was narrowing it down into one (relatively) succinct list!
Apres Surf: Combining two of our favourite things – dumplings and cheap eats – Apres Surf in Mermaid Beach is coming to the party with $1 dumplings on Thursday nights. $1 dumplings, seriously, what could be better? A cheeky beer or wine we hear you say? Well, they’ve got that too.
Cha Cha Japanese Restaurant: Dishing up drool-worthy Japanese delights since 1994, this Broadbeach institution has well and truly earned its place on the list. And the dumplings do not disappoint – enjoy steamed, deep-fried or slathered in red chilli oil, however you choose, they’re delicious and at just $6.90 a serve, they’re pretty kind on the old purse strings too.
Etsu Izakaya: Rather than a non-specific ‘beef’ filling, Etsu in Mermaid Beach is upping the ante with house-made wagyu, mushroom duxelles and scallion gyoza with chilli soy dip. These bad boys are the caviar of the dumpling world and are definitely a worthy addition.
Hideaway Kitchen & Bar: If it’s perfectly pillowy dumplings you crave, look no further than Hideaway Kitchen & Bar in Broadbeach. With Jon Hizola behind the grill, you know you’re onto a winner. Tuck into a serve of wagyu beef dumplings and if you’re feeling a little naughty, have them fried for a little extra decadence. Life’s short, eat the fried dumplings.
Jimmy Wah’s: If you can’t resist fare from the sea, make haste to Jimmy’s for a plate of scallop dumplings with water chestnut, garlic and black vinegar, stat! Just be warned, one plate will never, ever be enough.
Mamasan Kitchen + Bar: With a whole section of the menu dedicated to dumplings and buns, this is a place after our own hearts. The spanner crab ravioli dumplings are so tasty you’ll be tempted to lick the plate clean. The baos are equally as delicious but that’s for another round-up for another time.
Motto Motto: If you find yourself at Pacific Fair with a sudden urge to devour your body weight in dumplings, take a seat at Motto Motto at The Patio and do just that. The crispy pork gyoza will certainly satisfy.
MUSO Ramen noodle and gyoza bar: Translating to mean ‘the only one’ or ‘without equal’, you know you’re in good hands at MUSO. Specialising in real Japanese soul food, the ramen and gyoza will make you feel like you’ve boarded a plane and stepped out in the Land of the Rising Sun for dinner.
Neon: Inspired by the bustling night markets in Taiwan, Neon dishes up authentic Asian fusion-style street food including dumplings with four choices of fillings. Whilst they’re all mighty appetising, our pick is definitely the Thai green chicken dumplings – they’re like the culinary version of a big warm hug. Sip on a milk tea as you watch the resident dumpling masters at work making the morsels right before your hungry eyes.
Sasuke: Granted restaurants next door to petrol stations aren’t generally known for their culinary prowess, Sasuke is clearly an exception. The local Mermaid Waters haunt dishes up mighty tasty vegetable filled dumplings that are bursting with flavour.
Stingray Lounge: Forget everything you thought you knew about dumplings and head to Stingray Lounge for a plate of their ahh-mazing cheeseburger dumplings. Seriously, has there ever been a more glorious food hybrid than this? We think not.
The Chef’s Daughter: Handmade to order, these little beauties have been reinvented for a modern Australian audience with fillings including pork and cabbage alongside our personal favourite, the Where’s The Beef with spinach, feta and sundried tomato.
Wazen: This little West Burleigh local is certainly making its presence known on the local culinary scene with tasty izakaya plates and moreish morsels. For us, it’s all about those amazingly crispy Wazen gyoza filled with chicken and fresh vegetables. The chef, who is also the owner, is incredibly passionate about Japanese cuisine making Wazen one for the must-try list.
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