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“Starters were great, the rest was average”
Review of Dandelion

Dandelion
Ranked #1 of 54 Restaurants in Elwood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Melbourne, Australia
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
“Starters were great, the rest was average”
Reviewed April 7, 2013 via mobile

We dined early with my parents and our young child.
Being new to dining out with our child, we were pleasantly surprised to discover a kids menu. The kids menu was great, a great variety and while some not suitable to our 2 year old, it was great. Overall service was quick, actually too quick.

Our rice paper rolls were fabulous and all seemed great. But then nearly all the rest of our dishes all turned up at the same time (waitress was very apologetic as the kitchen made a mistake). Both vegetable and chicken Pho were ok, but nothing special. Took a while for extra bowls to arrive as we were sharing the soup. Spare ribs (said it was dish of the year by The Age but I find it hard to believe) we'e tasty but not incredible. Fried rice was really good. The quail salad was good but came at the end of the meal.

This is the 3rd time we've been here since it opened (we live down the road) and i have felt the same way after each visit. All in all it was good but not brilliant.

  • Visited April 2013
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
96 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Top notch”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Food is great. Wonderful combinations. Well worth going to. We went there with a big group. Shared food. Wine okay.

Visited September 2012
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
356 reviews
247 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
“The locals vote with their feet”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

Our friends arranged the early sitting, and as we left, the entire place was buzzing. Where have they all come from on a Wednesday night in the School holidays? Plenty of staff give amazing, helpful and genuine interesting service and help....and extra plate or two, a clean serviette (there's lots of pulling things apart), a clean glass when wine moves from white to red.
Wonderful food, beautifully presented. I usually don't like to prapare my own food when I'm dining out, but this was actually fun. We look forward to returning!

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank geraldq
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Melbourne, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beachfront”
Reviewed March 18, 2013

Disappointing Monday night experience,the set menu failed to excite.
With a concentration on bean shoots and noddles,the food lacked taste and was slow to arrive.
The final fish course was overlooked as we had to have the icecream removed from our plates, and replaced by the curry.
If I ever went back again I would certainly not go with the set menu,bad choice,or did we just catch the staff on a mad Monday.
For a $75.00 set price menu,you have to deliver a lot better than that.
Sorry to be going against the trend of comments,but on the night it just didnt happen.

Visited March 2013
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Mermaid Waters, Australia
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Fresh, different food”
Reviewed March 15, 2013

Dandelion is obviously a very popular restaurant - we were there on a Tuesday night and most tables turned over at least once. The food is fresh and very different to your standard Asian. The staff were very attentive and our water glasses were never empty. A bit more expensive than your average Asian though, especially the drinks.

  • Visited March 2013
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