Pablo Honey, St Kilda

MELBOURNE | Pablo Honey St Kilda (yes the name comes from the Radiohead album) is a South American inspired tapas bar and restaurant located on bustling Acland Street, in the heart of St Kilda. Opened by four friends, Pablo Honey represents a trendy social space, serving a variety of unique cocktails and innovative tapas dishes. The menu fuses a variety of interesting flavours to create a range of adventurous dishes, providing a culinary experience unlike any other. The City Lane was invited to sample the offering at Pablo Honey and we did not pay on this occasion.

pablo honey st kilda review

We were invited to begin our evening with a cocktail. A little overwhelmed by the extensive list, our waitress was quick to provide us with her recommendations. We chose cocktails on Honey’s List – The Nelson – Rum Raisin, made with spiced rum and Pedro Ximenex and Lemon Tree, a mixture of white rum, passionfruit, Chambord and mint.

pablo honey st kilda review

As we sipped our delicious cocktails, I could not help but notice the fabulously designed interior of Pablo Honey, which gives it its classy, yet cool and relaxed ambiance. The walls are adorned with bold, life size canvases painted in vivid colours of scenes from Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. These are made more special by the fact that they are painted by one of the lovely, highly talented waitresses, Isabella Iskaf (Instagram @bellaillustrates). The paintings are accompanied by beautiful, intricate sugar skulls in every colour imaginable, hand decorated by Jess Carpenter of ‘Killer Diller Designs’. Moreover Pablo Honey stays true to its name, with hexagonal shaped designs creating a honeycomb effect throughout the restaurant. In addition, the bar and restaurant has an outdoor seating area, with stunning views overlooking the beach – perfect for warmer evenings.

pablo honey st kilda review

pablo honey st kilda review

The menu at Pablo Honey is split into Small and Large Share Plates. We decided to go for a combination of Small Plates in order to maximize our ability to try out different dishes. One of our first picks was the Smoked Chicken Wingettes, with pico de gallo and habanero sauce. The chicken wings were very tender, marinated in a range of spices to create a powerful, and extremely tasty punch.

pablo honey st kilda review

pablo honey st kilda review

To mix things up a little we opted for vegetarian dish, Tomato Escabeche, a beautifully presented plate of charred spring onion, quail egg and coriander garlic pebre. The flavour of the spring onion complimented the juicy tomatoes, making it a great light option to pair with the meat dishes.

pablo honey st kilda review

My personal favourite dish of the evening was the Grass Fed Beef Tartare, seasoned with a mixture of salted egg yolk, smoked chilli, finger lime and coriander. This is the best tartare I have ever tasted, and the waitress was right to recommend it so highly. Slightly spicy with a strong, delicious fusion of flavours, the tartare was offset perfectly by the crunchy cumin seed lavosh we used to scoop it up.

pablo honey st kilda review

Luckily, one of the Large Share Plates we were keen to try was the Pablo Kitchen Special of the evening, Chimichurris Little Sister. A gorgeous mixture of vivid colours and bold flavours, this dish consisted of sous vide rump cap, oregano and parsley puree, pickled onion and smoked chilli gel. The rump steak was extremely tender and cooked to perfection with a spicy, smoky kick.

pablo honey st kilda review

Under the owner, Mat’s recommendation, we ordered the Dulce De Leche Mousse for dessert, which used a custom-made silicon mould to create a translucent Mexican Sugar Skull. The sweetness of skull was offset perfectly by raspberries and bitter chocolate popping candy, decorated with pink flower petals. A perfect end to the evening, this dessert was simultaneously delicious, unique and aesthetically beautiful.

pablo honey st kilda review

And of course we couldn’t leave Pablo Honey without trying one of the signature tequila cocktails from Pablo’s List. We were invited to accompany our dessert with a Coconut Margarita to culminate the evening, a fresh fusion of 1800 Coconut Tequila, Malibu and Elderflower.

pablo honey st kilda review

Giving a unique twist to every culinary and cocktail invention served, Pablo Honey will surprise you at every turn. Their delicious, powerful and unexpected flavours take risks to treat your taste buds, complimented perfectly the passionate, knowledgeable staff. Pablo Honey pays serious attention to detail, effortlessly fusing cutting edge art and design with creative food and drink – definitely one to watch on the Melbourne food scene.

Pablo Honey

68 Acland Street
St Kilda
Victoria 3182
Australia

Telephone: (03) 9534 3246
E-mail: n/a
Website: http://www.pablohoney.net/

Open
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 1:00am

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Kirsty
Kirsty is a British Art and Design graduate who recently relocated to Melbourne for a year of travelling. She moved from Norwich to Barcelona 10 years ago and enjoyed photographing the dynamic city and exploring its rich artistic heritage. In the last year Kirsty worked as a design assistant for a Barcelona-based magazine, which allowed her to expand upon her interest in food, travel and culture. Kirsty loves discovering unique restaurants, cafes and food experiences in every city she visits, as well experimenting with recipes – particularly healthy desserts and cakes! She documents this through her writing and photography, sharing them on her blog and Instagram.

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