Gyoza are dumplings filled with group meat and veggies such as cabbage, wrapped in a thin dough. Gyoza originally came from China, but have became a popular dish in Japan. Nowadays, you can find gyoza in most of ramen / Chinese restaurants. As it became popular, gyoza expanded from ramen/Chinese restaurants, many gyoza specialized restaurants grew. The famous city for gyoza is Utsunomiya in Tochigi prefecture, but there are many high quality restaurants in Tokyo.
I will introduce 5 recommendation of the gyoza restaurants today.
1. Minmin (みんみん) Akasaka
Akasaka is a district where lots of embassy gather. Therefore, international restaurants have developed historically.
Minmin’s been running business in this district for 43 years. The place looks old but their gyoza is definitely one of the best gyoza in Tokyo.
15 min walk from Akasaka station
8-7-4 Akasaka Minato-ku Tokyo
11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.
2. Ichimireirei (一味玲玲) Shinbashi
Ichimireirei is a gyoza specialized restaurant in Shinbashi. The owner is from Dailan China. They have variety flavors of gyoza, such as tomato, shrimp, scallop, lemon etc. The taste is more like Chinese traditional gyoza. You can choose how to cook every gyoza, fried, boiled, or deep-fried.
3 min walk from Shinbashi station
3-19-2 Shinbashi Minato-ku Tokyo
Mon-Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Sat 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Closed on Sundays and National Holidays
3. Dekkai Gyoza Sou-san No Mise (でっかい餃子 曹さんの店) Shinjuku
This restaurant is frequently sawn on the TV and magazines as the best gyoza place. Their style is Taiwanese and the dough is pretty thick and chewy. You can also order takeout.
1 min walk from Yoyogi station, or 6 min walk from Shinjuku station
1-33-2 Yoyogi Shibuya-ku Tokyo
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 a.m. (of the next day)
4.Gyozabo Chohakkai (餃子房 豚八戒) Asagaya
Located in Asagaya, western part of Tokyo where about 10 min from Shinjuku by train, is the place for creative gyoza. Of 5 kinds of gyoza, yaki (fried) gyoza called “hana gyoza (flower gyoza)” is a must see. The shape of this huge gyoza looks like an flower. See the picture on the top left.
3 min walk from Asagaya station
3-37-5 AsagayaMinami Suginami-ku Tokyo
6:00 p.m. – 0:00 p.m.
Closed on Mondays
5. Fuwaito Gyoza (フアイト餃子) Sugamo
Fuwaito Gyoza is located in the district called Sugamo. Sugamo is a shopping district that is famous for elderly people, it’s also known as “old lady’s Harajuku”. 15min walk from Sugamo station, you will find am unique shape and taste of gyoza. It’s very crunchy and juicy. Be careful for the hot meat juice inside!
15min walk from Sugamo station
3-7-3 Nishisugamo, Toshima-ku Tokyo
Mon to Fri 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Sat, Sun, and National Holidays 11:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Please refer to official website for the latest information.