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Dandelion, Elwood, AU-VIC

Dandelion

4.1
4.1
7 Reviews
$40 and under
Vietnamese

Located in the scenic village of Elwood, Dandelion is a contemporary restaurant that serves elevated Vietnamese dishes in a relaxing but refined ambience. To complement this, is a small and well-considered wine list that is focused very closely on the food.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Vietnamese

  • Hours of Operation

    Lunch Thursdays - Sundays
    12pm - 3pm

  • Phone number

    (03) 9531 4900

  • Payment Options

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Geoff Lindsay

Menu

Dandelion's menu is a very personal showcase of Vietnamese cuisine. A rich and diverse cuisine that exhibits a wonderfully intoxicating combination of the raw and the cooked, the hot and the cold, the sweet and sour. Light, fresh and healthy, dishes to be savoured and dishes to be shared. We hope you enjoy the experience. something to nibble on Geoff and Jane Lindsay

Something to Nibble On

  • Crispy sesame and coconut rice papers$20.00

    with spanner crab dressed with coconut, chilli and lime

    • Green rice fried tiger prawns

      nuoc cham (minimum order 3)

      • each$5.50
    • Sweet chilli#$16.00

      fried chicken wingettes (5 pieces)

      • BBQ rice paper turnover egg*$9.00

        spring onion and mushrooms

        • Bo La Lot

          the classic grilled minced Wagyu beef in betel leaves (minimum order 3)

          • ea$5.00

        Wrap and Roll Bar

        Our own style of rice paper rolls in several varieties. Perfect to share and sample a few. Wrap it, roll it, dip it and eat it

        • Peking duck#$26.00

          spring onion and cucumber, with hoi sin

          • Soft shell$23.00

            crab and avocado with Mrs T's magical sauce

            • Antarctic King Crab

              spring rolls, wrapped in crunchy lattice rice paper with ginger nuoc cham

              • each$6.00
            • Cold smoked ocean trout$18.00

              asparagus, purple cabbage Yarra Valley Salmon Pearls, ginger nuoc cham

              • Buddha roll*$17.00

                brown rice paper roll with tofu, shiitake, pickled beetroot mushrooms, sesame, Hanoi five spice and shiso

                salads

                Clean crisp salads, tossed with fragrant herbs. Spicy dressings with lime juice and Nuoc Mam or Fish Sauce, from the picturesque island Phu Quoc, acknowledged as producing the best in the world

                • Banh Xeo$20.00

                  Saigon turmeric and coconut pancake with pork and prawn, bean sprouts and fragrant herbs, iceberg lettuce wrap

                  • Steamed shredded Glenloth chicken$22.00

                    with Vietnamese slaw, peanuts, crispy shallots and nuoc cham

                    • Viet style Carpaccio of beef$24.00

                      with lemon dressing star fruit, crunchy noodles, roasted rice and watercress

                      • Squid salad$22.00

                        with pomelo, cucumber pickle, celery & ginger passionfruit dressing

                        • Roast pumpkin*$20.00

                          green papaya, morning glory, pomegranate and sticky rice ball salad with mulberry dressing

                          pho and friends

                          Too good to share! Pho is a true fusion dish, influenced by the French and Chinese, quintessentially Vietnamese.The name, pronounced 'FIR' comes from the French feu (fire), as in the dish pot-au-feu. We have also added is a collection of soups from all over Vietnam, all with added Dandelion flair!

                          • Sher Wagyu beef$25.00

                            with raw sirloin and braised brisket and tail

                            • Glenloth corn fed free range chicken$20.00

                              soft cooked organic egg

                              • Mud crab soup$28.00

                                with egg drop noodle, straw mushroom chilli, lemon, spring onion and coriander

                                • Water chestnut* #$19.00

                                  water spinach and taro dumplings sweet and sour coconut and lemongrass, kaffir lime broth

                                  • Peking duck broth#$26.00

                                    with egg noodle, bamboo shoot, roast duck & cinnamon mint

                                    curries, claypots and wet dishes

                                    Viet curries are spicy but lighter and cleaner than say Thai or Indian curries. Slow braised, full flavored claypots inspired by the cool climate of the highlands. Fragrant wet dishes from the Mekong

                                    • Sweet potato curry*$31.00

                                      with baby corn, mushroom and snake beans, saw tooth coriander and pomelo and banana blossom salad

                                      • Goat curry$35.00

                                        with lotus root, coconut and yoghurt turmeric, red date and galangal, rice paddy herb, Vietnamese baguette

                                        • Duck braised in coconut water and orange$37.00

                                          with Thai basil ginger and candied orange rind

                                          • Caramelised pork hock$38.00

                                            with tamarind and fragrant herbs & butter lettuce wrap

                                            Coconut Grill

                                            All meats and fish grilled with our own herb and spice rub over coconut, some wrapped in banana leaf others with citrus leaves. All dishes served with noodles, dipping sauces and a table salad with leaves and fragrant herbs for wrapping

                                            • Whole New Zealand flounder$45.00

                                              with Hoi An chilli sate sauce, (700g fish perfect to share)

                                              • Lakes Entrance baby Silver Whiting$36.00

                                                wrapped in banana leaves with Hoi An lemongrass, chilli and turmeric paste

                                                • Milk and longan$35.00

                                                  honey marinated Glenloth chicken grilled with lemon leaves, lemongrass, ginger and cumquat

                                                  • Wild Clover lamb short ribs$38.00

                                                    green papaya salad

                                                    • Hot rock grilled minute steak$34.00

                                                      organic egg & pate Banh Mi Hoi An tomato-chilli mayonnaise, iceberg lettuce and cucumber, tomato salad

                                                      Feed Me!

                                                      Chefs tasting menus, ideal for celebrations, when you cant make up your mind or want to try a bit of everything

                                                      • The Mountain

                                                        From Dalat, Sapa and the 54 ethnic minorities residing in the highlands, this menu showcases full flavored, highly crafted dishes, rich with meats, game, heady spices

                                                        • per person$68.00
                                                      • The River

                                                        Inspired by one of the world's greatest rivers, the mighty Mekong, with a prevailing influence from bustling Saigon and the trade that flows to its delta

                                                        • per person$78.00
                                                      • The Sea

                                                        Vietnam has 3260 km of diverse coastline. This menu is a seafood lovers dream. Luxury and quirky ingredients, simply and lovingly prepared

                                                        • per person$78.00
                                                      • The Buddha*

                                                        D chay in Vietnamese, inspired by Buddhist cuisine of Hue, a vegetarian menu, in keeping with the general Buddhist precept of ahimsa (non-violence)

                                                        • per person$58.00

                                                      Side Dishes

                                                      • Lotus leaf wrapped fried rice*$12.00

                                                        with coconut and vegetables

                                                        • Stirfried baby king mushrooms*$13.00

                                                          snake beans, garlic chives

                                                          • Claypot of smoked eggplant*$13.00

                                                            black vinegar, spring onion, chilli

                                                            • Sweet potato fries*$12.00

                                                              with Ha Noi five spice salt

                                                              Dessert

                                                              The inspiration for our desserts comes from the street snacks abundant everywhere in Vietnam and a touch of French dessert technique

                                                              • 'Bombe Saigon' soft meringue encased Vietnamese mint sorbet$14.00

                                                                berry and mango salad, berry sauce

                                                                • Lemongrass panna cotta$13.00

                                                                  mandarin jelly, flambéed blood plum

                                                                  • Vietnamese chocolate 'Tres Leches' coffee Bavarian cream$12.00

                                                                    with Baileys and sweetened condensed milk icecream

                                                                    • Grilled sticky rice stuffed$12.00

                                                                      with banana, salted peanut and caramel icecream, sesame wafer

                                                                      Sweet Treats

                                                                      • Sweet Treats

                                                                        Coconut kaffir lime truffles with Marou Single Origin Chocolate from Saigon and candied pomelo rind

                                                                        Coffee

                                                                        Freshly ground coffee beans from the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Prepared in the traditional manner, drip filtered over a glass

                                                                        • Hanoi style$4.00

                                                                          a rich, dark long black

                                                                          • Hoi An style$5.00

                                                                            sweetened condensed milk, like an 'exotic latte'

                                                                            • Saigon style$8.00

                                                                              an iced coffee in a long glass over ice with sweetened condensed milk ice-cream

                                                                              What 7 people are saying

                                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                                              4.1
                                                                              4.1 based on all time ratings
                                                                              • 4.6Food
                                                                              • 3.6Service
                                                                              • 4.1Ambience
                                                                              • 3.7Value

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                                                                                AnnaC

                                                                                Melbourne

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                5 reviews

                                                                                Dined on 18 March 2018

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                The food was so fresh and tasty. The service was also excellent. Highly recommend it.

                                                                              2. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                Dined on 29 May 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                                Food always beautiful, staff very friendly and professional, highly recommended.

                                                                              3. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                Dined on 17 February 2015

                                                                                overall3food4service2ambience3

                                                                                Food was great. Service was average.

                                                                              4. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                5.0

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                Dined on 25 January 2015

                                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                                King George whiting

                                                                              5. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                Dined on 24 January 2015

                                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                                Fresh and flavour packed dishes. We got a few small things to share which is a great way to try lots of different flavours. Service was initially a bit slow, but quickly improved and was friendly, relaxed and helpful

                                                                              6. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                3.0

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                Dined on 5 January 2015

                                                                                overall3food4service1ambience3

                                                                                Firstly my reservation thru bookrestaurant.com was not found by the matra de , who didn't do very much to help the other inexperienced staff. We had to share a table. The food was good a little over priced.You need to have more floor staff and matre de that can over see eveything plus pitch in and clear tables!Plates everywhere!Rather than fluff around.It was a birthday celebration.

                                                                              7. OT

                                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                4.0

                                                                                64013 reviews

                                                                                Dined on 1 December 2014

                                                                                overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                                food was so good nice experience

                                                                              FAQs

                                                                              Dandelion does offer delivery in partnership with Deliveroo.

                                                                              Dandelion is rated 4.1 stars by 7 OpenTable diners.

                                                                              Not available on OpenTable

                                                                              Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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                                                                              Delivery

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                                                                              Additional information

                                                                              • Area

                                                                                Elwood

                                                                              • Hours of Operation

                                                                                Lunch Thursdays - Sundays
                                                                                12pm - 3pm

                                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                                Vietnamese

                                                                              • Dining style

                                                                                Casual Dining

                                                                              • Dress Code

                                                                                Smart Casual

                                                                              • Parking Details

                                                                                Street Parking

                                                                              • Payment Options

                                                                                MasterCard, Visa

                                                                              • Executive Chef

                                                                                Geoff Lindsay

                                                                              • Additional

                                                                                Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine

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