Dandenong Pavilion (Invited)

Saturday, June 25, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Dandenong Pavilion was founded in December 2006 by bringing back to live an ageing and outdated restaurant with much original restaurant concepts and definitely one of the most modern eatery in Dandenong. Ever since then, it has become an icon that has been often featured in the bloggers' top 10 burger lists in Melbourne. Over the last 10 years it has definitely played a big part in changing local's perception about food in Dandenong area.

I was invited to attend Dandenong Pavilion 10th anniversary by Zila and Brook PR Management. I was given an option of a seating dow or a first come first serve event, which I opted for a seating down, as I have been so busy lately that I preferred a more relaxing environment for dinner. The restaurant itself was able to accommodate a large group of guests. It has semi private rooms for function, such as meeting, birthday party, and social event.

I started with Passion Pop - ice blended passion fruit syrup pineapple juice and lime. I loved this drinks a lot as it was so refreshing and had a perfect balance between sour and sweet. My partner for the night opted for Coco-mo, which was ice blended coconut shaving, coconut puree, and vanilla ice cream. It was a nice alternative to pina colada. There are also various other non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks available.

Saganaki - grilled wafer of kefalograviera cheese ($13.5). Sadly the saganaki was too salty for my pallet. It needed a certain sweetness to balance out the saltines of the cheese. Also, the cheese wasn't melted enough. 

Calamari - dusted in lemon pepper flour on a bed of wild rocket & onion, revd with tartare sauce ($16). It was well cooked and well seasoned. One of my highlights of the night! 

Pav Fried Chicken - tender pieces of chicken coated in herbs & spices, served with a truffle mayonnaise ($17). Like the calamari, it was fried properly and full of flavours. 

Sizzling Garlic Prawns - six lightly sautéed prawns finished in olive oil and garlic, seasoned with sea salt, served on a sizzle plate with toasted bread ($17). The prawns were pretty decent, but I would like to have more prawns in the serving.

Potato Croquettes - potato and cheese croquettes, crumbed, lightly fried and served with roast garlic aioli ($13.5). The creaminess of the croquettes was just nice but I would like to taste a little bit more punching flavour from it beside the garlic aioli. 

Some other also ordered their Bruschetta ($12.5). Finally, it's time for the main; Chilli Prawns Penne - pan fried black tiger prawns, tomato, chilli and basil, finished with napoli sauce, white wine and parsley ($26.5). Unfortunately, the pasta was too dry. It needed a lot more sauce and a more balance flavour. The serving was really generous with some abundance of fresh prawns. The added spiciness to the dish was enjoyable. 

Sir Eats a Lot Burger - two all Australian beef patties, melted double cheddar cheese, tomato bourbon relish. red onion rings, deep fried potato jam, top with red wine juice, all in brioche bun, served with chips ($24). This burger is part of the special burgers of the week. The patty was juicy and tender, mixed in with melted cheese, tomato and onion made it a perfect combination of a burger. 

The Return of the Mack - old favourite consisting of house baked chocolate brownie pieces mixed with premium vanilla ice cream topped with whipped cream and hot chocolate fudge ($19.5) and Golden Gay time cake. 

Peanut Butter Parfait - homemade peanut butter parfait served with salted caramel sauce and roasted peanuts ($13.5). This dessert is perfect for peanut butter lovers! The flavour is so rich, it almost feels like eating directly from a jar of peanut butter jam.

Custard Brulee - pavilions twist on a brulee. Vanilla bean custard topped with toffee served with mix berries and chocolate flakes ($13.5). The sugar on top was pretty light and top, yet I am quite disappointed with the custard. I would like the it to be more creamy and had a "melt in your mouth" moment, instead it was pretty dense and heavy. 

Overall, the service was really pleasant even though it was hard at times to get attention from the staffs as they were really busy and we were seated in the corner. The food was enjoyable as well as the company. It was nice to meet some brand new faces over food. 

Dandenong Pavilion Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-10.30pm

Dandenong Pavilion
55-61 Princes Hwy
Dandenong, VIC 3175