Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge South Melbourne

Photo Sundays: Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge Launch

by April@MyFoodTrail on September 25, 2011

in Food Events

Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge
Shop 5, 111 Cecil Street, South Melbourne VIC
(03) 9696 5704
http://www.facebook.com/DahonTeaLounge

Owning your own business is not an easy thing to do. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication to nurture a new business into a successful one. With so many new food businesses opening every day, you really have to set yourself apart and offer something that makes customers keep coming back. I think Cherrie and Ed have done this with opening their new venture, Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge in South Melbourne.

Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge, is, as the name suggests, a gourmet tea lounge! “Dahon” actually means “leaf” in Filipino. They offer a variety of hot and iced teas, as well as delicious food with a Filipino influence.

I was lucky enough to be invited to the Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge launch, along with a host of food bloggers. I was a total fail photographer (which I have been a lot lately!!) and missed out taking photos of a few of the dishes but you can check out Iron Chef Shellie’s post on the launch if you want to see more photos of the food.

I think Dahon’s signature dish is definitely the BBQ pork baguette. The pork is not the typical Chinese style BBQ pork (char siew), but it is sweeter and in my opinion better than Chinese BBQ pork. I went back for the BBQ pork baguette a few days after the launch even though it wasn’t really on my way. That’s how good it is! Even Nick Riewoldt (St Kilda football player) is a fan of the baguette and has been in more than once! You’ve got to try it for yourself.

Here are some photos I took.

Crown Towers, Melbourne at dusk

Crown Towers at dusk – I wound down the window and snapped a photo as we were stuck in traffic!

Dahon Tea Lounge - Inside

The chillax interior of Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge

Dahon Tea Lounge - Wifi available

Yay for free wireless! A cool digital photo frame with the details.

Dahon Tea Lounge - Iced Teas

Variety of fruity ice teas. My favourite was the citrus tea.

Dahon Tea Lounge - Pancit (Filipino Noodles)

Pancit (Filipino noodles)

Dahon Tea Lounge - BBQ pork baguette

The infamous BBQ pork baguette (in mini sizes for us to try)

Dahon Tea Lounge - Spiced crumbed chicken baguette

Another baguette, the spiced crumbed chicken baguette

Dahon Tea Lounge - Chips

We had chips, as well as sweet potato chips

Dahon Tea Lounge - Java rice with grilled adobo chicken

Java rice with grilled chicken adobo

Dahon Tea Lounge - Leche flan & chai cupcake

On the left, leche flan, on the right, chai cupcake. The leche flan was SO GOOD!

Dahon Tea Lounge - Blooming teas

The hot teas including the blooming tea. I had never seen blooming teas before so was quite blown away that a small ball of tea leaves can open up into a massive flower!!

Over & Out, April xx

April and hubby attended the Dahon Gourmet Tea Lounge launch as guests of Cherrie and Ed.

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle chin September 25, 2011 at 6:19 pm

when i’m free i might give this place a go. lots of positive reviews yeah…

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:21 pm

It’s a nice, casual lunch or afternoon tea hangout. Worth a visit!

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Yasmeen @ Wandering Spice September 25, 2011 at 8:28 pm

Great review! I had a really nice time when I visited a few weeks ago – a beautiful, soothing pot of Relax tea + those cute matcha shortbreads. Looks like a great event. You have me craving grilled pork + pancit!

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:22 pm

It’s definitely a good place to relax with a cup of tea. Will have to try the matcha shortbread next time!

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Bianca @ The Cooking Capers September 25, 2011 at 8:43 pm

Wow, the decor looks super thought-out, everything is so pretty and polished! I keep hearing you all tweet about Dahon, I just need to figure out a good time to go as it’s extremely out of my way! I’ll figure something out 😛 Everything looks soooooooo tasty! Mmmm 😀

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm

It’s right near South Melbourne market and the 112 tram (which goes along Collins St & past both Parliament and Southern Cross stations) takes you along Clarendon St. It’s only a minute or two walk from the corner of Clarendon St & York St. Now you have no excuse 🙂

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Iron Chef Shellie September 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Great snaps!

I saw a big jar of bloom tea in the Asian grocery store yesterday and thought of you 😛
x

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Hahaha, will have to invite you over for tea and use one of the blooming teas so you can have a giggle at me being so amazed!!!

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Hannah September 25, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Chai cupcake and free wifi! Oh, Cherrie and Ed know how to hit the mark 😀

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:25 pm

I’m not normally a fan of Chai, but I thought the cupcakes were good. Very gingerbread man-y!

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//tomatoeggs September 25, 2011 at 9:29 pm

wow the baguettes look yummyyy ! thanks for the review, i’ll go try this place out 🙂

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:26 pm

Hope you like it! Make sure you order the grilled BBQ pork baguette! 🙂

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Vee @ Munching (in) Melbourne September 25, 2011 at 11:24 pm

Surely you didn’t need ‘mini’ BBQ pork baguettes! 😉 And blooming tea, how fascinating. The only place I go to get tea anywhere near the city is T2, it’s good to have more options!

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

If you’re interested in seeing how the blooming teas go from being just a small ball to a fall blown flower once brewed, look it up on YouTube. I was so amazed LOL

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Winston - The Hungry Excavator September 26, 2011 at 12:11 pm

Wahhhh that’s a lot of teacups in your last photo LOL! This place looks really lovely… I’ll definitely have to try it with a Filo friend. Makes it more fun to eat authentic cuisine with friends from that heritage. I love sharing cultures through food =) Btw, love your photo of crown at dusk — bootiful!! =D

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Thanks, I liked how the photo turned out too. It was just a quick snap out the window! The beautiful dusk lighting helped!

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Adrian (Food Rehab) September 27, 2011 at 12:22 pm

Love the BBQ Pork Skewers and the pork adobo rolls rock!!!!

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April@MyFoodTrail September 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

Tell me about it… I’m craving more now!!

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msihua September 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

Totally missing on the delicious pancit right now.. I want some! Great review!!

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:01 pm

Thanks. I’ve got to get myself back there soon. I’m craving the BBQ pork again! 🙂

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Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella September 27, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Mmm I’m in for any variation on BBQ pork!

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:02 pm

I know it’s probably blasphemy to say, but I actually think the Filipino version of BBQ pork is much better than the Chinese version! 🙂

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penny aka jeroxie October 1, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Very pretty tea and beautiful shots

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April@MyFoodTrail October 7, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Thanks Penny!

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liz February 3, 2012 at 6:04 pm

Great photos. Definitely make me hungry

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April@MyFoodTrail February 9, 2012 at 7:50 pm

Thanks!

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