From the same crew that spiced up Melbourne's palate with those beloved Dainty Sichuan restaurants, comes this northside noodle house. If you like your meals generous and your tastebuds shocked, this one's sure to tick all the right boxes.
At Tina's Preston outpost, it's the hearty bowls of noodle soup that take centre stage, with rice noodles swimming either in a fiery red broth or one of the slightly tamer meat-based stocks. There's a whole swag of protein options with which to pimp your bowl, too, from thinly sliced wagyu or an assembly of fresh seafood, to house-made prawn balls and a wild array of offal additions. Familiar favourites might include braised chunks of pork belly or a mixed mushroom medley, while the 'chilli blood curd combination' speaks to the more adventurous diner.
Alongside, sits a run of classic Sichuan-style snacks — think, spicy braised duck parts, house-made wontons, curls of pig's ear and a lineup of skewers, matched with a tongue-numbing chilli oil for dunking.
It's busy, buzzy and delightfully easy on the wallet, even with your heftiest appetite in tow.
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