Been here heaps of times, hands down best dumplings I’ve have in Melbourne. The service has significantly improved and is up to standard now. It’s packed every night of the week so it’s best to try and book.
Pan Fried Dumplings
Shao Long Bao
Dumplings in Hot Chili Sauce
Scallop & Eggplant Hot Pot and Crispy Fragrant Duck
Bean Jelly with Cucumber Salad
Hot & Sour Noodle Soup with Tofu & Mushroom
Chilli Noodle Soup with Pork & Peanuts
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175 Russell Street, Melbourne
03 9654 2828
My friend and I arrived at Dainty Sichuan at around 7 o’ clock last night. He is travelling through India for a couple of months at the end of the year and is currently in training to increase his chilli tolerance. It was super busy but we managed to get a table for two with a wait of only 10 minutes. The waiter brought us three menus, one of which was full of big shiny pictures – we ordered of this one. We got a Tsingtao beer which by the end of our meal was deliciously sweet, and look over the huge menu. There were so many dishes I wanted to try but due to the serving sizes I knew, that unfortunately, I just wouldn’t be able to fit it all in. We eventually decided on the ‘Tofu & Chilli Greens’ and the ‘Spicy Fish & Pickle Hot Pot’.
The ‘Spicy Fish & Pickle Hot Pot’ had long pieces of thinly sliced fish, bean sprouts, picked cabbage and whole Sichuan pepper corns swimming in red chilli oil. This dish was amazing, hot and full of flavour, but not so spicy that it spoils your meal. The pepper corns if bitten into have a strange raw heat that makes your mouth tingle and feel a bit numb. The ‘Tofu & Chilli Greens’ had slices of fried tofu and chopped dried chillies mixed through tasty greens.
I think the hot pot had a 1 chilli rating so it is possible if you don’t like too much chilli to get a meal and enjoy it here.
Dainty Sichuan is my new favourite Chinese restaurant and I can’t wait to go back and try some of the other appetising dishes I saw on other people’s tables.
Tofu & Chilli Greens
Spicy Fish & Pickle Hot Pot
I’ve been to Dainty Sichuan twice since I this post and here are the delicious dishes we ordered. I am going to stick to a 1 chilli rating from now on, we tried the ‘Chilli Baby Squid’ which was a 2 and really struggled.
Cumin Chilli Spare Ribs
Chilli Baby Squid
Ma Po Tofu
26 Corrs Lane, Melbourne
03 9663 8861
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I’ve been to Spicy Fish quite a few times before but I generally order the same Ma Po Tofu which is is a spicy Szechuan dish made with marinated pork, mashed black beans and bean curd. It is a great dish and the best I’ve had at any restaurant – I get mine without pork though. I recommend getting it with rice and a side of cucumber.
But when I went with a friend last week we both decided it was time we tried something new. It was a very late lunch, it had been pooring with rain and was freezing outside so we were up for a big hot meal. We started with a ‘Lobster San Choy Bao’ each which was surprisingly really tasty. We also ordered a ‘Scallop & Eggplant Hot Pot’ which was great. It had a kind of sweet slightly thicken Szechuan chilli sauce and both the scallops and the eggplant were well cooked. When we were about half way through eating the claypot the waiter brought out our ‘Fried Soft Shell Prawns with Hot Szechuan Chilli’. It looked very impressive. It had about 30 little chillies surrounding the prawns and although the batter was a little heavy it was still very good. If you avoid eating the whole chillies the heat from the dish is a pleasant. We ate so fast and there was so much food that we couldn’t finish and ended up leaving a lot.
Unfortunately I didn’t take photos of all the dishes. For now you’ll just have to trust me. And anyway ugly looking food can be delicious too.
All up with drinks I think it was about $35 each but they have huge menu and you can get a good meal for around $10.
Spicy Fish is located near the beginning of Chinatown (Swanston Street), looks very bright and clean for a Chinese restaurant and has plastic food in the front window.
219 Little Bourke Street, Melbourne
03 9639 1885
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