Dandelion
Vietnamese
  • 133 Ormond Rd,
    Elwood,
    Melbourne, VIC
  • (03) 9531 4900,
    dandelion.ws/
  • Lunch Thu-Sun noon-3pm;

    Dinner Mon-Fri 5.30pm-11pm;  Sat-Sun noon-midnight


Dandelion
-37.885754, 144.988722

Geoff Lindsay's celebration of Vietnamese cuisine has been popular with Bayside locals since opening in 2011. The long, narrow space - exposed brick walls, light-well garden feature and polished concrete floors - is a regular hangout for wannabe yachties and young families, who graze through an extensive menu offering everything from pho five ways to banana-stuffed sticky rice. Dishes are multi-layered and ingredient-rich, offering a bold, colourful combination of textures and flavours that mostly work well - sticky slow-cooked beef short ribs with earthy mountain spices, crab spring rolls wrapped in fried lattice rice paper - although the food can sometimes lack the sparkle and zing that the menu descriptions suggest. The bar sends out a steady stream of signature cocktails (including a Viet Espresso Martini, of course) and the wine list cleverly offers a range of familiar styles from less familiar producers, all very well suited to the food.


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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • One glass
  • Price:
  • E $16-$26

    M $20-$48

    D $12-$14

    Dégustations $58-$78

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Geoff Lindsay

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