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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
68 Acland Street
Telephone: (03) 9534 3246
Mon – Sun: 11:00am to 1:00am