Dandenong Pavilion

Friday, April 12, 2013

Dandenong Pavilion – 55-61 Princes Hwy, Dandenong, Victoria, Australia
Beef Burger
Dress Code:
Smart Casual
20 minutes
Would we recommend:
If you’re in the area

Dandenong is located approximately 35km south east of Melbourne and boasts a large multi-cultural population. Just before reaching the centre of Dandenong you will find Dandenong Pavilion. Opened at the end of 2006, they are proud to have established themselves at the forefront of the gentrification of the area. Architecturally designed and renovated with both indoor, outdoor and private dining options with a large and varied menu featuring pizzas, pasta, pub classics, seafood and of course, burgers. We opted for the beef burger with a blend of three types of 100% Australian beef – ground fresh daily, cooked medium with tomato, melted cheese, butter lettuce, chef’s special sauce on a lightly toasted bun, served with chips & pickles. There is often a burger also on the specials board.

“I have to make special note of the service; I know that in general, we are spoilt in Melbourne for restaurant/bar service, but these guys seriousy took it up a notch. Every one of them was genuinely helpful without being overbearing and by the end I felt like hugging them. The burger was really rich, with plenty of big flavours that I doubt will leave anyone hungry. The creaminess of the melted cheddar and mayo helped with the, at times, tough beef pattie. The seeded brioche bun was quite sweet as expected, however I felt I needed to add ketchup as it was getting a little dry by the end of the meal.”
“Wasn’t really sure of what to expect walking into this joint. Seeing families having Sunday lunch, groups of friends conjugating and even a bunch of Orthodox priests coming in for a bite after a Sunday service kind of through me off. Then again, maybe I’m just accustomed to the usual hipster joints and pubs we eat at. The menu seemed extensive and covered a lot of different options, which kind of made me nervous seeing burgers and risottos on the same page. How wrong was I? The bun was great, with an OK tasting pattie (slightly on the dry side) covered by melted cheddar cheese. Its mayo dressing was good, but still needed some sauce to take it to the next level of sauciness. Chips were OK. To sum it all up, it was a good traditional burger with great service to boot.”
“The staff were delightful. They couldn’t have been nicer and more sincere with wishing us an enjoyable meal. As for the burger – it sat right on the the fence between fancy and casual as hell. It was like attending a good ol’ fashion hoedown hosted by the Ritz. The brioche bun was sweet and misguided you to think you’d be in a world of chutney and over the top seasoning. But really when you bit in you hit a firm layer of humble, lightly salted beef, glorious American cheddar and you’re basic tomato and iceberg lettuce combo. The cheese was by far my highlight. You dont see enough of it in Australia. And why not I ask?! Everything else was nice, and left me full and satisfied. If I’m passing through Dande and a hunger hits me, I know where I’ll be stopping for a meal.”
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We just come back from our yearly USA trip and once again a comparable meal would cost around $10.

How about finding places and listing the ones that avoid ripping off the customer and serves honest food and a true price.

Adam ( April 12, 2013 at 12:28 )

To the commenter above. How about you finding a blog that lists $10 meals?

The price of food is comparable the wages are not. You’re probably unable to understand things like economic scalability. Maybe instead of eating a burger you can EADC.

I have nothing to do with this site, but you’re just bashing things because you’re poor. Get a job, earn some cash, buy some cool stuff.

Jem De La Crem ( April 12, 2013 at 12:34 )

Sadly in Australia $10 meals are few and far between… I take it you don’t travel at all. Get out and see the world, it will do you wonders. Being poor or rich has nothing to do with the feeling of being ripped off with over priced food in this country.

Adam ( April 12, 2013 at 14:01 )

I hate to say it, but Adam is correct on this one. Yes, Australians do receive higher wages. The argument of: “minimum wage in the USA is why everything is so cheap/below living standards etc. A lot of people in the states do not make minimum wage. If someone is making over 30K, 50k, 100K, etc. Then they are coming out two fold, because everything is so cheap out there.

I personally don’t mind paying that much money for food. As long as it taste good, but sadly it’s usually mediocre or below average.

Five-Guys ( April 12, 2013 at 14:46 )

ridiculous price for a tiny burger

Seer ( February 16, 2014 at 17:47 )

The Burger is amazing at the Pavilion & worth the cost! If you haven’t tried it, don’t knock it!
If you want something cheap, go get some Hungry Jacks vouchers & shut up.

Haidee ( March 27, 2014 at 08:36 )

I need not go and taste this burger due to the post’s I have seen. ( Burger was nice but the beef was dry) I have seen this in all of them. Maybe Dande Pav should look at this and do something about the dry pattie. Listen to your customers.

Anonymous ( July 13, 2014 at 10:53 )

Love your site!

Did you try their secret menu. I had the MacDowell last week and can’t stop thinking about it. I would love to hear your opinion if you do a revisit. Burger places tend to change over time!

MissyNess ( September 16, 2014 at 17:14 )

I suspect Adam is just cheap rather than poor considering he just got back from his ‘yearly USA trip’

Anonymous ( October 8, 2014 at 22:20 )

The burgers at the aherns irish pub at the highway hotel is cheap and delicious. It is on prices high way and half the price of the pavilion burger. The beef patty is juicy and the chips are well seasoned. Not to mention, it comes with a free drink. Their lemon lime bitters taste genuine and not diluted like other places. Otherwise, you can have a beer. All this goodness only costs $10.

lily ( December 1, 2014 at 22:42 )

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