Chotto Motto Is Collingwood's New Eye-Catching Gyoza Hotspot

It's serving Hamamatsu-style dumplings, katsu sandos and Japanese craft beers from a vending machine.
Libby Curran
Published on April 04, 2019

If you've ventured down Collingwood's Wellington Street lately, you probably would have been intrigued by a certain eye-catching corner building, decked out with a bold black and white façade, and 'coming soon' signs in the windows.

Well now, Chotto Motto is up, running and ready to play. The lively Japanese haunt is a joint effort from Dylan Jones and Tomoya Kawasaki, the latter who is behind fellow mod-Japanese hits Wabi Sabi Salon and Neko Neko. Kawasaki is also the voice behind Jones' affirmation-slinging Instagram pooch, Tofu Pupper.

At Chotto Motto, it's the humble gyoza that reigns supreme, specifically crisp-based Hamamatsu-style dumplings that are served as a group, flipped upside down. Grab a 10 or 20-piece feed, in flavours like spicy kimchi miso pork, free-range chicken and coriander, or the vegan-friendly nasu dengaku eggplant.

Small plates might include the likes of furikake-seasoned fries, taco-style wagyu teriyaki roll-ups, or crisp cauliflower karaage matched to a Thai basil mayo. A tidy range of katsu sandwiches is also on the cards — get excited for these classic combinations of white bread, cabbage slaw and tonkatsu sauce, sandwiched with panko fried prawn croquettes, or maybe some crunchy katsu chicken.

A Japanese vending machine comes stocked with a hefty range of imported craft beers, and the cocktail lineup rocks a distinct Japanese twist — and features an interesting matcha sour. There's soft serve to finish, too, with a new flavour rotating each month.

The space itself is equally upbeat, between the Japanese slot machine, the neon glow and an assortment of knick knacks scattered throughout. You'll catch a vibrant mural by Mitch Walder gracing one interior wall, while outside's head-turning paint job is the work of Melbourne street artist Chehehe.

Find Chotto Motto at 287 Wellington Street, Collingwood. It's open from 5–10.30pm Monday–Saturday.

Published on April 04, 2019 by Libby Curran
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