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.
A really awesome experience with some memorable cocktails, wonderful (noisy) environment and nice nibbles. Do book in advance for weekends. Try the tequilas - a must!
Great food and lovely atmosphere. Ordered croquettes, octopus pie and duck tapas followed by beef and pork large share plates. Everything tasted amazing. Good for group dining. Will come back.
We arrived during Happy hour and got two for one cocktails. They were great! Food was tasty - we enjoyed three small plates for 2 people. Wings were yum (and a generous serving), scallops were delicious and cuttlefish salad was tasty. Would definitely go here again.