Dandenong Pavilion

Dandenong Pavilion

55-61A Princes Highway Dandenong, VIC 3175

Recently, K and I were lucky enough to be invited along to Dandenong Pavilion to celebrate its tenth birthday with a group of fellow foodies and bloggers. With Dani Zeini at the helm, it is one of Melbourne’s most popular family restaurants, and it marks its decade-long success with new dishes, a new head chef and a new look. We were treated to a few menu favourites, including their ever-popular burgers and desserts.

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Espresso Martini

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Assorted Dips ($17.50) – Chef’s selection of homemade dips served with toasted pita bread
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Saganaki ($13.50) – grilled wafer of kefalograviera cheese

Pan-fried until crispy on the outside but still runny and cheesy in the middle.

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I liked the well-cooked, tender calamari but just wished that there was a pinch more seasoning in the batter.

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Colonel ($21.90) – Pav fried chicken, coleslaw and a chipotle sauce in a soft white bun, served with chips, pickles and tomato sauce

Both K and I were a little disappointed by this burger – the fried chicken was more of the popcorn variety than a big fillet which meant much of the burger consisted only of batter, coleslaw and bun and the chicken veered on the verge of being overcooked.

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Sir Eats-a-lot ($24) – Two Australian beef patties, melted double cheddar, tomato bourbon relish, red onion rings, deep-fried potato gems topped with red wine jus, in a brioche bun

While perhaps a little OTT, this burger was delicious nonetheless. The potato gems reminded me of my childhood and complemented the rest of the ingredients. My only criticism is that the beef patties were a tad over – perhaps half a minute less on the grill would have been perfect.

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Thai Green Curry ($27.90) – Seared chicken breast and Asian vegetables reduced in a light coconut curry sauce, served with rice and pita bread
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Eye fillet ($38.50) – 250g steak served with creamy potato mash, sautéed Asian greens and a side of Moroccan sauce

I was very jealous that I didn’t order this dish, which looked amazing when it was brought out. While I didn’t eat any of it, the beef looked like it was cooked perfectly to order.

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Goldilocks ($14.50) – Smooth caramel mousse, milo shortbread base, coated in a chocolate ganache paired with crunchy honeycomb and vanilla ice cream

Super smooth and silky mousse with flavours perfectly reminiscent of the classic Golden Gaytime.

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The Return of the Mack ($19.50) – House baked chocolate brownie pieces mixed with premium vanilla ice-cream, topped with whipped cream and hot chocolate fudge

This is a monster of a dessert that should only be shared between at least 2 people. By this stage I was too full to eat much of it but the brownies were certainly lovely and fudgy – if only they made individual servings!

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Chocolate pudding ($13.50) – Our chef’s own pudding served warm with chocolate sauce and vanilla ice-cream

Decadently rich and chocolatey, this dessert is perfect for a cold night.

A fantastic night at Dandenong Pavilion, made all the more fun by the lovely company. The food was no-fuss yet tasty and the staff were fantastic, making it the perfect family restaurant, likely for many more years to come.

xx Judy

 

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