I have a confession to make: I don’t like shopping malls.
The crowds, the process of trying things on in an undersized locker room, the 20-minute parking process, that’s not for me.
I much prefer to shop online while snuggled up in my dressing gown.
What I like, however, is the food zone at Karrinyup mall.
After having a great experience at Good Company recently, we returned to try Dandelion Modern Asian Restaurant after hearing nothing but rave reviews.
Owner John Parker and Executive Chef Chase Weber – who are also behind The Royal, Fleur and The Standard – have created something special with the interiors and feels like it.
From the moment you walk in, you’re transported to a hip food hub that could be anywhere in the world. The furniture is elegant and the lighting subdued.
The menu is made up of small and larger dishes, with sections with greens, fire, wok and sides.
Because my favorite hangover guilty pleasure is a bag of potatoes fresh out of the fryer and covered in chicken salt, I had to see how theirs fared.
The gems with fire dust and garlic yoghurt dip ($12) did not disappoint. A slightly more refined version of what I get from the frozen section, the crunchy pieces were covered in a subtle spice and salt. The yogurt dip, however, was quite thick, like it had been in the fridge, so it was a bit of a mission to coat each nugget.
The red duck curry ($36) with lychee, tomato and some sweet herbs was simply breathtaking. The sauce was rich and covered in so many curry and kaffir lime flavors and the duck was perfectly cooked.
We also devoured the special fried rice ($16). It seemed like a typical take-out version, but it was definitely a high and tastier riff with the addition of white pepper and garlic butter.
The roast octopus, which had a nice char, was served on a salad of green mango and tomato. also with lots of herbs, a kick of spice from a sambal, and a strong peanut flavor (which, as someone who could finish a jar of peanut butter in a week, was very welcome).
I don’t think we’re the only ones who got the memo that Dandelion is simply delicious, the dining room was packed on a midweek evening, but the service was quiet and the food came out quickly.
Karrinyup Mall, Karrinyup Road, Karrinyup
OPEN: Wednesday, 4-10 p.m., Thursday-Friday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Saturday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
CONTACT: 9446 2212
THE VERDICT: An elegant and welcoming space with a menu full of flavors. The service is efficient and the dishes come out quickly.