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Published August 2nd 2016
A clever twist on Japanese street fare
It's not the newest kid on the Windsor end of Chapel St, but if you haven't yet discovered Tokyo Tina, now is the time. Serving up Japanese-style street food, with a bit of a fine dining edge, in an ultra cool pop-culture surrounds with plenty of quirky decor.
With its quirky decor, If you haven't yet discovered Toyko Tina- go now. Image:The Ideas Library
Our fave? Start yourself off with some spicy edamame (above), they are salty-smokey delicious while you ponder off the menu but definitely don't pass up their incredibly popular Bao. With three types to choose from, these pillow-like buns are an absolute treat. Go for the DIY Beef Bao with beef rib that melts off the bone, kewpie mayo, pickles and ginger. You won't want to stop at one.
DIY delicious- the beef bao at Tokyo Tina. Image: The Ideas Library
Like its sibling venues also in the Windsor/Prahran area, Hanoi Hannah and Saigon Sally, Tokyo Tina can fill quickly in the evenings, especially over weekends, but it's well worth the wait. They also participate in food delivery via Foodora if you in the delivery area.
Ideal for Melbourne's rainy and chilly winter weather, the Ramen bowls at Tokyo Tina are also a hit.
Warm up your winter with Tokyo Tina's ramen. Image:The Ideas Library
If you're dining with someone who has specific dietary requirements, there are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options on the menu. And if you're keen on a drink, the drinks list is huge, offering plenty of mocktail options as well, including the house made ginger lemonade with fresh ginger ale and ginger foam.
The housemade ginger lemonade at Toyko Tina. Image:The Ideas Library