Pablo Honey – more Pablo Escobar than the Radiohead album – is a Latin American restaurant with a twist. A twist of lime over a salad, a twist of lemon into a tequila shot, a metaphorical twist on a classic dish, like their pork belly with coffee. From their location on Acland Street in the heart of St Kilda, just yards from the seafront, the four agave heads behind this culinary cartel – amigos Mat Carpenter, Brad Jones, Russell McKenzie and Azza Mondo – offer sexy and dangerous Latin favourites to the Melbourne public, as well as a superb range of drinks and desserts to keep the entire party happy.
Melbourne has an ever-changing foodie scene that reacts to trends from around the world, and the latest in the line of these is the Central and South American food boom. People across the country – and the world – are enjoying the fresh ingredients, the diversity of spices and flavours, and of course, the huge range of exotic drinks that are typical of cuisines of Latin America, and at Pablo Honey on Acland Street in St Kilda, they are offering up superlative examples of all of them and catering to the real gourmets in town with regular tequila tastings and a packed events schedule. The restaurant even features buyable art and decor like Mexican-style sugar skulls by Jess Carpenter of Killer Diller Designs and awe-inspiring canvases by Pablo Honey’s own Isabella Iskaf of Bella Illustrates.
Pablo Honey’s menu is curated by renowned executive chef Lachy Cashman and focuses on small plates and large sharing platters – ideal to split between you and your friends – as well as fresh seafood ingredients, as befitting their address on the St Kilda seafront. The smoked Habanero chilli chicken wings and massive 1kg chimichurri-infused grass-fed bavette lead the charge, while calamari salads, a coconut ceviche that nods its head to a Peruvian palate and fresh Tasmanian mussels, for example, do battle with a steak tartare infused with the Mexican flavours of smoked chili, lime caviar and coriander. Melbourne’s foodies are always on point, and they know a great restaurant from just a good one – which is why we recommend booking a table at Pablo Honey on Acland Street well in advance.
Awesome food, best we have had in ages, good service and vibe and not too expensive! Great night, will definitely be back again for more
Great service. Friendly staff. Attentive and quick. Food was amazing. They also know how to put together an awesome cocktail. The restaurant/bar Had a great vibe. Would recommend going even just for a drink.
Delicious food with great live music, friendly knowledgeable wait staff meant we had a fabulous time, So handy to The Palais and with the superb food coming promptly meant we were truly satisfied and not rushed. So many to choose from but the standouts for us were the small plates of ceviche, tartare beef and mussels, and the large plate of pork belly with perfect crackle. Pablo Honey sure delivered the goods and we'll be back!
Fantastic service and a very fun atmosphere! They went out of their way to create a dish that was not even on the menu so that my son could have something different that he would enjoy. The live music was an added bonus!
I have been to Pablo Honey on many occasions and the food, service and overall experience is fabulous. I have always gone home feeling happy, full and a little merry. I would definitely recommend Pablo Honey as a new place to explore. The staff are very friendly, upbeat and nothing is a problem. They go out of their way to make sure you are happy with their food and service. Thanks Pablo Honey for looking after me.
My husband and I (40 something year olds) ventured to this restaurant/tequila bar for a long overdue date night and we were blow away!! From the lovely front house reception "welcome" , flavour packed tapas and to die for cocktails. The waitress that served us was very honest and gave great recommendations which is quite refreshing considering most establishments want to just take your order and not chat. The decor and atmosphere was alive...cool music that went with the theme of this funky mexican inspired restaurant. Cannot wait to return and get stuck into those spicy dishes and the tequila!
Funky was the description my partner used to describe Pablo Honey. Pretty apt I thought ( as in hip not smelling like feet). Attentive staff. Good wine. Reasonable selection of really nice food. Atmosphere on a Friday was really upbeat and got a little louder towards ten pm as the restaurant to bar transition took place.
This was without a doubt the worst food my husband and I have ever eaten in Melbourne. The only reason I've scored it a 2, was because of the fabulous service from one of the waitresses who was a 'twin' She made our visit very pleasant. Not only was the food below par, the price and serving sizes beggars belief. A few days later my husband and I are at Super Normal which was an unbelievable cosidering their small plates were the same price point. The food was exquisite. What I'm really upset about is that I always do a lot of research into restaurants and accommodation and I'm at a loss how Pablo Honey scored 4.5 because it's just not possible that they were authentic reviews.
We went to Pablo Honey for a friend's surprise party. The food was delicious! We especially loved the wallaby fillet, steak tartare and the lamb shoulder sharing plates. Good selection of wines and not too pricey. We would definitely go back.
We ordered 5 small plates to share between two of us. Plenty of food, great portion sizes. We enjoyed each plate - only marked down one as the sardines were a bit too salty. Service was friendly and efficient and informative. Would highly recommend a visit to Pablo Honey