Saturday, 5 March 2016

Pablo Honey

Home to street art, buskers and Luna Park, Acland Street in St Kilda is one of Melbourne's most iconic streets. So what better place to set up one of Melbourne's newest tequila bars, Pablo Honey.

The venue itself stays true to the street's culture - trendy, unique and an inspiring clash of art and colour.  Its windows open up to a majestic view of Luna Park's Big Dipper, and its walls are adorned with local artists' work.

Usually being one to stick with a wine over dinner, I couldn't really say no to a tequila based cocktail whilst attending a tequila bar - lucky for that, as the spicy margarita (with smoky chilli salt lining its rim) shouldn't be missed.  

The dish of the night was the grass fed beef tartare with smoked chilli, finger line, coriander and cumin seed lavosh. Whilst raw meat may seem intimidating to some, with its depth of flavour and incredibly tender meat, it's a dish that should be tried at least once by any Pablo diner. 

The green tea ant cured salmon (with its delicate flavours showcasing the freshness of the produce) and the juicy smoked chicken wingnettes (with its finger licking good tangy habanero sauce) were also highlights of the night.

For main (yes, it had all just been entrées up until now - but with food so good there is always room for more!) we shared the chimichurri grass fed rump with corn soufflé and salsa verde.  Whilst the corn soufflé was a little heavy on the garlic side (so perhaps don't eat it if going home to a hot date), the steak was cooked to perfection and the salsa verde added a refreshing element to the dish. 

The Spiced rum mango with salted caramel, meringue and sponge was my least favourite dish of the night. Whilst it came out looking as pretty as picture, it needed an element of acidity, or more salt in the caramel, to break up the sweetness of the desert.  

Tick after tick, Pablo Honey is definitely on the recommendation list if heading out for dinner on Acland Street. Although, make sure you don't walk out of its doors before sampling some of its sensational tequila. 

Food: 4/5
Service: 4.5/5
Decor: 4/5
Total: 12.5/15
Verdict: love - get around to trying it soon.

The New Fave dined courtesy of Pablo Honey

Pablo Honey Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato