The sounds, smells, and tastes of the bayou have arrived at Melbourne’s Ding Dong Lounge, with the arrival of The Girl With The Gris Gris kitchen serving Creole and Cajun cuisine.
Creole cuisine is based on European techniques and although it has French roots, it has also been greatly influenced by Native America, Germany, England, Spain, Italy, the Caribbean, and Africa.
Cajun cuisine is best described as country French cooking with local ingredients, served with white rice, and sourced from the rivers, streams, bayous and swamps of Louisiana.
Direct from New Orleans, Head Chef Chris Weysham, will introduce Melbourne diners and music lovers to his Cajun heritage and home style, Louisiana cooking.
Chris is a graduate of the University of Louisiana, and the San Diego College of Culinary Arts, where he graduated with high honors. Excited to be chosen for such a unique adventure, he – and his partner Amy – have relocated to Melbourne to set up, and run the kitchen with Ding Dong owner Bill Walsh.
Weysham is also eager to share his cultural heritage with food-loving Melburnians. “I’m going on this adventure because it’s an amazing opportunity to share my love and passion for New Orleans cuisine and culture with Australia.” says Weysham.
“It’s also a great chance to bring authentic Southern hospitality down under. My hope is that when people dine with us they not only enjoy the food, but also get a feel for the soul of the New Orleans. Our secret as we say down here is that “we cook with love,” and hopefully that comes through in the food.”
Walsh has also borrowed from Melbourne’s cultural heritage, and will be bringing a bit of the Continental Cafe back when Ding Dong Lounge features a winter season of dinner shows, highlighting the talents of some of Australia’s greatest performers, and songwriters, in a band room recently refurbished and redesigned to suit both functions.
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Wednesday: 5pm - 10pm
Thursday: 5pm - 10pm
Friday: 5pm - 10pm
Saturday: 5pm - 10pm
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