$$ Tokyo Tina, 66A Chapel Street, Windsor

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August 19, 2015 by jarfed

 

WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST 2015

 

 

Tonight we welcomed one of Elaine’s best friends from Ireland Liadhan (for those struggling with Irish spelling, its pronounced Leanne) who has come over to Melbourne to see what the fuss is all about! Hopefully we are winning her over!

Tokyo Tina is a sister restaurant to Saigon Sally and Hanoi Hannah so we had high expectations! Its Japanese inspired menu had us excited from the get go!

 

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CEVICHE

 

 

#3 – Tasmanian Salmon Tartare, Crispy Skin, Cucumber & Nashi

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Fantastic flavour combination! The crispy skin was an added unique texture and was delicious! A great start to a meal, yum! It was hard to fault, pretty close to perfect in all of our books.

 

          Usually             Score         Order

          Order?              /10          Again?

E         Yes                  9              Yes

B         Yes                  9              Yes

L         Yes                 10              Yes

 

 

PLATES & SALADS

 

 

#4 – House Made Pork & Kim Chi Gyoza

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The Gyoza were nice but nothing super special or memorable about them, the accompanying sauce on the plate to go with them added a little spark but not something you would rush back for.

 

          Usually             Score         Order

          Order?              /10          Again?

E         Yes                 7.5            No

B         Yes                  6              No

L          No                  7              Yes

 

 

BAO

 

 

#1 – Crispy Avocado, Gochujang, Coleslaw

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Sighs came from the other side of the table when we rolled for Bao, Elaine was not impressed with the vegetarian option but i assured her probably everything on the menu is delicious so I’m sure it will be ok!

None of us had really paid attention to the crispy avocado written on the menu so when it came out tempura-ed we were all surprised. The bao was really delicious, the bread was light and fluffy and the avocado was really different, crispy on the outside and creamy and soft inside. We were all pleasantly surprised and would definitely order them again.

 

          Usually             Score         Order

          Order?              /10          Again?

E          No                  9              Yes

B          No                  8              Yes

L          No                 10              Yes

 

 

GRILL

 

 

Pork Char Siu, Hoisin & Red Bean Glaze

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This wasn’t the dish we rolled, we rolled #6 – Pork Hock Ssam, Cos Lettuce, Kim Chi, Ssamjang which we were warned by our waitress was quite large, so when this arrived at our table we were confused and she realized her mistake, we were offered to have this dish swapped or have it on the house, as we had already had some of it and the other dish would be a 20 minutes we decided to keep this one.

On one dish was the pork and the other was pickled vegetables which weren’t described on the menu. Elaine loves picked vegetables but Liadhan and I are not so keen. The pork was amazing, it was so tender and delicious, really special and up there with some of the best pork we’ve tasted, the pork would be close to a 10/10 its just the pickled vegetables that we didn’t love so much.

 

          Usually             Score         Order

          Order?              /10          Again?

E          No                 8.5            Yes

B          No                  6              No

L          No                  6               No

 

 

DESSERT

 

 

Yuzu Meringue Pie: Yuzu Curd, White Chocolate Mousse, Shiso Marshmallow

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We were recommended this dish by a lovely subscriber to Jar-Fed, Emily! She said it was AMAZING! and it didn’t disappoint, Elaine and Liadhan were blown away by the yuzu tart lemony flavoured centre of which I seemed to have missed on my spoon to start with, but once I tasted it was equally impressed. Very unique delicious dessert.

 

          Usually             Score         Order

          Order?              /10          Again?

E         Yes                 10             Yes

B         Yes                  8              Yes

L         Yes                 10              Yes

 

 

#4 – Yoyogi Beer: Ginger Beer Jelly, Ginger Pannacotta, Pineapple White Miso Sorbet

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We were all stoked to have rolled this dish, aside from the Yuzu Meringue Pie this was the other dessert we wanted to try. The presentation was fantastic, although difficult to share around a table.

The flavours sounded delicious but for two of us did not deliver, Liadhan found it close to inedible and I wasn’t far behind, the pineapple white miso sorbet was far too tart for us. Elaine didn’t mind it and said that she might order it again.

 

          Usually             Score         Order

          Order?              /10          Again?

E          No                 7.5           Maybe

B         Yes                  2              No

L          No                  2              No

 

Tokyo Tina has a fantastic vibe, it was bustling on a Wednesday night and the staff were all very bubbly and attentive. We were asked if we would like the dishes spread out a little, and we said that would be great, however they all came out quite quickly and you did get the feeling that they look at turning the tables over a few times a night, which is common but some places are better at hiding it than others!

The place had a bit more of a causal vibe than Saigon Sally. The food was fantastic, very fresh and current and great value. We will definitely be back to try out other dishes on the menu!

 

 

            Overall                  Back

          Score /10               Soon?

Elaine       9                 Absolutely!

Bez         7.5                    Yes

Liadhan    8                  Definitely!

 

 

Price: Three Starters, One Larger, Two Desserts

 

Total – $98.00 (Three People)

 

Edamame – $4.00
Salmon Tartare- $12.00
Gyoza- $14.00
Avocado Bao- $6.00 each
Pork Char Siu- $30.00
Yuzu Merenguie Pie – $12.00
Yoyogi Beer -$8.00

 

 

E & B xx
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