Dainty Sichuan Noodle Express

Emporium Melbourne, Lower Ground, 287 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
03 9020 4332
Chinese, Sichuan


  • Stewed Chicken With Shiitake Mushrooms
  • Fish With Pickled Veggies
  • Veggie Skewers

The Good

The noodles were both quite enjoyable. Served in huge bowls, the noodles were generous and silky smooth. At just the right softness, they were accompanied by flavoursome and bold broth that wasn’t overly salty.

The Fish within the noodles were well prepared. With each bite, the fresh and tender meat protein simply melted in your mouth. This was well accompanied by strongly flavoured pickled vegetables which provided a kick in flavour and saltiness.

The Veggie Skewers were also delicious. Dipped in a flavourful and astoundingly spicy chilli sauce, the vegetables inherited much flavour from the spices. The cauliflower provided an exceptional crunch, while the soft, chewy tofu and quail eggs had an interesting texture.

The Mediocre

The Stewed Chicken with Shiitake Mushrooms provided a great soy flavour and had nice depth. Whilst the mushrooms were exceedingly soft and succulent, same can’t be said for the chicken. On this occasion, the protein was rather dry and tough. Coupled with the boney cuts that we received, it wasn’t entirely enjoyable.

The Bad

The staff were rude and exceptionally disrespectful. It’s as if they actually detest having to serve customers.

The Verdict

While the food was generally quite enjoyable for the most part and flavours authentic, the overall experience was very much hindered by the staff on duty.

Would Penguin Eat Again?

Sure, though I’m inclined to go with takeaway next time.

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