Gyoza Bar–Japanese Dumplings in Paris

by phyllisflick on January 29, 2012

I am a big fan of gyoza, those crescent-shaped pan-fried Japanese dumplings, and would be happy to make a meal of them, if I could manage to do so without seeming like a glutton.

Guillaume Guedj and Shinichi Sato have solved this dilemma with the newly opened Gyoza Bar located a few doors down from Passage 53, the restaurant which earned them two Michelin stars, in the beautiful Passage Panorama.

The space felt more like New York than Paris with hushed zen surroundings, counter seating and an open kitchen–if you could call it a kitchen since there’s not much cooking going on.

There are 3 menu items–rice, sesame marinated bean sprouts and a choice of either 8 or 12 gyoza.  The dumplings, made with ground pork loin from star butcher Hugo Desnoyer, are grilled to order in one of 4 cast-iron dumpling pans.  The pan is oiled, in go the dumplings, a little water is added, and the whole thing is sealed for 7-8 minutes. The result is a heavenly dumpling that’s crisp on one side and steamed on the other. A bright ponzu sauce, this one made with soy, grapefruit and orange, comes on the side for dipping.  Wash it all down with a Yebisu or Kirin beer and you have luxury fast-food at its best.

Dumpling lovers who want a no-frills, less chic version can head to Belleville where you’ll find Ravioli Chinois Nord-est, a nondescript storefront with a handful of tables serving 11 different types of hand-made Jiaozi, the Chinese name for these deliciously addictive pork-filled dumplings. At Ravioli Chinois, the jiaozi are either steamed or pan-fried and filled with a range of ingredients from a traditional pork, shrimp and chive mixture to the more exotic pork and pumpkin. The prices are ridiculously cheap-4 Euros for ten dumplings–which means you can easily have a full meal for less than ten euros.

Other places I like to get my dumpling fix are Hokkaido, Higuma, and Sapporo.

Gyoza Bar
56 Passage des Panoramas
Paris, 2nd; Métro: Grand Boulevard
8 gyoza for 6 €, 12 for 8 €
Open 18h-23h, closed Sundays (they hope to serve lunch soon)
Take-out


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Ravioli Chinois Nord-est
11 rue Civiale, Paris 10th; Métro: Belleville


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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

Lindsey January 29, 2012 at 20:03

Must get here! It’s been almost a month since my last dumpling meal (in China) so I’m eager to find a suitable replacement, whether Japanese or Chinese!

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Mary January 30, 2012 at 01:04

Here in the Midwestern US we call them “potstickers.”

When I lived in Paris in the mid-70s I often went to yakitori restaurants around the Opera; there weren’t as many lunch or takeaway options as you find now, and it was a good way to find an inexpensive light meal. The Passage des Panoramas is beautiful. Went on a terrific Passages tour with Context Travel a few years ago. Will check out this resto next time I’m in town.

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parisbreakfast February 8, 2012 at 20:04

I was sure this had to be on rue Saint Catherine with all the other Japanese restos but it does sound quite a step above in quality.
Love the passage de Panoramas..
merci, Carolg

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Margaret March 2, 2012 at 01:08

Thanks, Phyllis. We will definitely try sweet looking Ravioli Chinois Nord-Est on our next visit.

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adel March 19, 2012 at 06:45

the seared side of the dumplings look so good, glad to stumble upon this informative Paris based blog in English, will use it to help me plan my next Paris trip :) :)

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Margaret April 16, 2012 at 04:58

Ravioli Chinois Nord-Est is sweet! Tiny storefront, seats maybe 12. 20 options of ravioli and as many salads. Because they sounded good, we ordered a #1 salad each and split an order of #1 ravioli. Perfect for two who are looking at a big dinner later in the day. Darling service. Tsingtao beer.

Once again, many thanks for this little treasure.

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