A trip to St Nicholas Market is always a treat. With so many surprises hidden around every overflowing corner, we find ourselves shopping somewhere new on every visit. But there is one place we cannot resist revisiting when close by. That’s Eatchu with its delicious gyoza dumplings.
Probably Bristol’s finest dumplings – of the gyoza variety at least – Eatchu is the ideal mid-day snack or lunchtime offering. Having launched in 2016 at Bristol’s Harbourside Market, founders Guy and Vic shortly moved to The Old Mess Room, part of St Nicks Market, in September of that year. Somewhere they and their crispy yet soft gyoza have become a staple of ever since.
A popular choice in Bristol, you’ll see a queue lining up for these humble dumplings most weekdays. But they are more than worth the wait (while service is quick too) as Eatchu will satisfy all taste buds with a simple but sensational selection of offerings. Using locally sourced ingredients and high-welfare meat, both the pork and chicken dumplings will satiate any meat-lover.
But vegans and vegetarians will walk away equally full. With a choice of roasted broccoli or triple mushroom gyoza, both laced with vegan mayo. If that doesn’t sound quite enough, although it probably will be, you can also add soba noodles, dressed rice or a soy-pickled egg too.
A trip to St Nick’s isn’t your only option either. Teaming up with one of Bristol’s best breweries, Eatchu has recently opened a second location at Wiper & True’s tap room in St Philip’s. Who knew gyoza was the perfect savoury snack to share over a few beers? It seems obvious now that we say it.
If you can’t make it down to either location, however, you’re still in luck. Home cooks can pick up a 30-pack of frozen gyoza from both sites. A great way to have restaurant-quality dumplings at home – as well as convince your friends and family you know your way around Japanese cuisine. To learn more about Eatchu head here.