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Dainty Sichuan
  • 176 Toorak Rd,
    South Yarra,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9078 1686
  • Lunch Wed-Mon 11.30am-3pm

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

Dainty Sichuan

Sichuan food, like sado-masochism, is not for everyone. ("Makes Mexican food taste like sorbet," warns AA Gill.) But for fans of its pleasure and chilli-fuelled pain, this is a high temple. Intelligent ordering is important. For every three-alarm dish (say, spicy pork stomach threads doused in chilli oil), look for a refreshing cleanser: perhaps cool braised beef, redolent of five spice, or those preserved duck eggs commonly known as century eggs. Black gelatinous ovals enclosing a purple-black-green yolk, they're the oddest of comfort foods. The best dishes achieve their own balance, exemplified by delicately poached chicken, dressed with soy and thin strands of spring onion and cucumber, then fiendishly invigorated with chillies and Sichuan pepper. English-speaking service has improved over the past year as have interiors (thanks to a recent renovation); a wine list now exists, though remains somewhat perfunctory.


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At a glance

  • Price:
  • E $8-$16

    M $18-$30

  • Feature:
  • BYO
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Tina Li



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