Tina was still bustling in spite of the off peak hour but we were warmly showed two places at the bar. Steve is doing Febfast and I didn't want to cause him too much grief so in spite of the impressive drinks list and the fact it was Saturday night and we were in a bar it was green tea for two. And we didn't feel too out of place!
Our first two dishes to arrive are:
- ORGANIC SOBA SALAD Salmon Sashimi, Pumpkin, Snow Pea, Ponzu Ginger Dressing
- WAGYU BEEF TATAKI Miso Mustard, Pickled Onion & Nectarine
The eggplant was on top of a layer of chawan mushi which in spite of the description on the menu I wasn't really expecting. This was my least favourite dish. I found the eggplant bland although the tempura was crispy and the chawan mushi wasn't as silken in texture as I like. Plus it tasted a bit cheesy so the whole thing was a bit weird. Although Steve had no problem with it!
The chicken was exactly what it should be. Crunchy outer, juicy meat and spicy sauce. Simple but truly good.
We had a slight breather before the final dish which was one out of the three poke dishes Tina offers.
We found Tina hospitable and the food delicious. Worth the journey and I'm a little bit jealous that there in spite of all the wonders of the North side, we don't have a Tina!