Dainty Sichuan
Chinese
  • 176 Toorak Rd,
    South Yarra,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9078 1686,
    ww38.daintysichuan.com/
  • Lunch daily 11.30am-3pm

    Dinner Sun-Thu 5pm-9.30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm

Dainty Sichuan
-37.839341,144.992998

The Dainty Sichuan fleet continues to expand, but the South Yarra mothership still lures diners for its exemplary Sichuan cooking. Hot pots are a key attraction, with bubbling cauldrons of stocky soup bases placed centre-table for the communal dunking of everything from cloud ear mushrooms to thin slices of fatty pork belly, potato starch noodles to whole tiger prawns. Explore the à la carte menu for more incendiary fare: velvety "mouth-watering" cold chicken, so-called for the properties of the Sichuan peppercorn; caramelised cumin lamb ribs bristling with spice; a restorative ma po tofu, the bean curd set in a spicy chilli and bean paste. Pay heed to the chilli legend on the menu (three equals maximum excitement) or quench the burn with cucumber dipped in a peanut hoisin, or jugs of chilled soy milk. The wine list is utterly forgettable (you can BYO), but the infamously stern service now comes with a smile. 


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At a glance

  • Price:
  • E $18-35

    M $20-$50

  • Feature:
  • BYO
    Licensed
    Vegetarian
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Tina Li & Laikang Xu

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