Dahon a Gourmet Tea Lounge in Melbourne
Dahon a Gourmet Tea Lounge in Melbourne. Looking for a Pilipino restaurant in Australia? And I mean a truly good one. During my more than a year stay in Australia I have already visited almost all the major Australian Cities except Darwin. I also have traveled to some of the mining, coal, oil and gas outbacks. I travelled a lot because that is the nature of my work. During those travels to this date I am still searching for Pilipino restaurants in Australia, and I think that is what every Pinoy in Australia have been looking for, or I may not be looking hard please correct me if I am wrong. To those who have been in Australia for some time or have been here for good please do share if you know some good Pilipino restaurant in Australia or at your location in particular.
Finally I have found and visited one Pilipino restaurant in Melbourne and I may check the second one sometime this week. Yesterday it was my free day so I took long taxi drive to Melbourne to this restaurant simply called Dahon a gourmet tea lounge. I have already done some Google search on Dahon and have found some good reviews from fellow Pinoy food bloggers base in Australia and I also found out that the place is in fact owned by a food blogger her self Cherrie of Sweet Cherrie Pie. That added more enthusiasm to visit Dahon, I did not mind shelling out some good bucks for a 20 minutes taxi ride to the place, off I go.
Overseas Pinoy Cooking does not give restaurant reviews, however I could not help it but I have to write the good things that I had during my visit to Dahon. I have to mention also that this is not a paid post, it is part of my Food Trip series aimed at helping our kababayans find good Pinoy food.
First of all I just want to talk about the place. Dahon is located at South Melbourne at South Melbourne Central opposite the famous South Melbourne Market at Cecil Street, make sense? I guess most of you never heard of a place with all the common name. It is just about AU$10 to AU$12 taxi ride away from the City center, that's what I spend anyway. I could not tell you how to go there by trams where the City of Melbourne is known for, I do not know how to ride those trams, I wish Manila have similar trams instead of jeepneys. Oh yeah I am going out of topic.
The truth is I was expecting the usual Pilipino restaurant with a turu-turo counter which is common on most overseas Pinoy restaurant that I’ve been to. Dahon is a teashop or a teabar it offers an array of tea drink mixes I suppose that's how the name Dahon may have come, dahon in Pilipino is leaf.
The place has a relaxing décor and a choice of seats they have chairs and tables if you go there to dine or if you elect to just to relax with your favourite tea drink they have several couch and if you go there in large group they do have high and low stool seats and tables.
I would say their food is excellent judging from the food that I have tried and from the reviews that I have read. I have an order of my personal all time favourite pancit canton noodles. It was great as expected the noodles are not overcooked and with generous amount of vegetable, meat and seafood toppings. It was served with a yellow kalamansi how about that?
The pork barbeque was excellent perfectly marinated and grilled just right. Their fried vegetable lumpia was equally good served with soy sauce, I would have prepared it served with a vinegar and a lot of garlic and chili but that didn’t matter because they do have a really beautiful bottle of vinegar with chili and garlic on each table. I had one of their tea blends, I tried the watermelon, I could not say bad about it.
On their menu you can order other the Pinoy classic steamed or java rice with pork barbeque or chicken adobo barbeque and chicken inasal. If you are not into rice try their barbeque baguettes. These are in addition to their tea drink mixes and blends.
Final word excellent place, if you are looking for a Pinoy restaurant something different from those turo-turo style restaurant or just unwind with a refreshing drink of tea then this is the place to go.