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Published February 17th 2018
Tokyo Tina brings Japanese, with hints of Korean, to the table. The hip cafe is a sensory delight, with a bustling city scene ink mural along the wall, funky music to excite your mind and get the conversation started, and healthy and delicious food that will nourish your body.
The menu includes raw fish and wagyu beef tartare; plates serving up small portions such as pork and kim chi gyoza, grilled asparagus with whipped tofu and corn balls, to larger serves of porterhouse steak and whole snapper; bowls including salmon poke, smoked duck bibimbap, and chicken ramen; side favorites; and creative desserts. There are many vegan, and vegetarian options available, and almost every item can be made gluten-free, including for their range of baos!
Vegan and Gluten free avocado Bao @ Tokyo Tina #BED
With so many choice items, it's difficult not to overindulge and order more than what you need. Thankfully, the owners have solved the problem by offering a 3 course lunch deal for $18, but be warned, you will still be rolling out the door with a full stomach.
The waitress happily substituted some of the items for my choosing. First course, crispy avocado gluten-free bao - consisting of gochung, coleslaw, avocado kewpie, and fried avocado, this vegan appetiser was an incredible taste sensation I would have settled for a second, and walked away content.
Second course, salmon poke (the tastes kept getting better!), a dish I have been searching for since visiting Maui, and finally found one that lives up to expectation, in Melbourne. Sashimi salmon, avocado puree, mango and onion, a top a bed of rice, accompanied with a ball of jalapeno coconut and lime to sprinkle on top. This is a must have dish! Healthy, fresh, and gluten-free.
Salmon poke bowl @ Tokyo Tina #BED
Doughnuts @ Tokyo Tina #BED
Third course, a serve of light and fluffy homemade doughnuts with yuzu curd and mandarin sugar; a perfect end to a perfect meal.
If you want great service and exceptional food at affordable prices, head to Tokyo Tina it makes it on my top five Japanese eats.