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“Sublime seafood degustation”
Review of Dandelion

Dandelion
Ranked #1 of 55 Restaurants in Elwood
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Vietnamese
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 23 August 2014

As this was our first visit, my son and I decided to sample a variety of dishes using the seven course taster selection. There are 4 of these but being health conscious we chose the seafood range. Each course was brought out by a chef with information on how to eat it eg wrap it in the betel leaf..the food looked picturesque and there was an explosion of flavours as you bit into it ,then it melted in your mouth. A night to remember. Great service from our waiter John. Awesome!

1  Thank Sandi V
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Reviewed 18 August 2014 via mobile

Freshest ingredients as I remembered. Well designed menu. Great flavours. Lovely dinner overall can't understand why people are negative about this place. Get a grip and spend money for good food that it is executed very well. Otherwise go to Victoria street and have an MSG intoxication but that ok because you only pay half the price? What a jocke you all are. Thanks again for a lovely experience.

1  Thank JVerne72
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

We were gob smacked! We love Vietnamese but this was another level of delight. Fresh herbs and sauces mixed perfectly to some intriguing taste sensations that create a party in your taste buds!!
Don't want to mention any one thing -it was all delicious - and catered beautifully for the vegetarian in our group (the pork hock was huge in size and taste!) Highly recommend this "local" style restaurant and while a tiny bit pricey you leave feeling 'twas worth it and you'll be back.

1  Thank scroopie
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Reviewed 14 August 2014 via mobile

It's a shame when your waitstaff have lost the spirit of customer service, while still working in customer service. We felt completely unwelcome at Dandelion on a Thursday night with a booking, despite happily spending a few pennies. We overlooked the delayed welcome and seating, were disappointed by a lack of many guidance despite our direct questions about how to best combine seafood and veg dishes and what the banquets were like. We ended up ordering a parade of ultimately fried and very similar dishes delivered in a strange order and with a 40 minute gap in the middle.

Dishes we can't recommend: sesame rice paper with crab, the prawn spring rolls, the fried rice with vegetables (diced carrot), the fish in banana leaves (dry) or the octopus salad (4 piece, not a salad).

We left feeling overfull, undernourished and ignored. Perhaps better for family pho night than fine dining.

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1  Thank Erin P
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Reviewed 9 August 2014

Expectations were high but the reality was far different. To start we were seated 30 minutes after our booking. The chair I sat on was broken and collapsing, as was the first replacement. The third chair was like a school kids plastic chair from the 80s. Instructions regarding allergies were ignored. When corrected we saw them take the dish back to the kitchen, pick off the item and re-serve the same dish. The atmosphere was so noisy we could not hear each other talk. We may as well have each been eating alone. The Vietnamese coleslaw was nice but not $22 nice. The lamb ribs were nice. We left disappointed and hungry $120 later. We won't be going back.

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3  Thank Xanthe_75
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