Pok Pok Street Food
801-803 Bourke Street
+61 3 9620 4580
Several months ago in the dusk of Winter solstice, my gay
sisters brothers and I caught up for dinner at Pok Pok. We had heard enthusiastically positive feedback and were keen to try it for ourselves. Our group consisted of Damo and Silver Tutu, Ees and Little Death and the slightly confused “one non-gay/non-male partner in the relationship” pair of Fakebooo and me.
The restaurant is rather big and sparse with a small waiting/drinking counter extending up a flight of stairs to the main dining hall. I almost squealed in delight when we were offered the pink table but it turned out to be a tight squeeze for our party of 6 and were moved to the communal table soon enough.
We started with a round of drinks as we went through the menu and discussed options. The Thai milk tea came in its distinctive orange hue. It was too sweet and lacked the floral notes that usually accompany the drink. Those that ordered Chang beer had no complaints; it was cold, crisp and refreshing.
Warm green bowls were set before us as we got ready for our feast. The food came swiftly and Fakebooo and I got flustered trying to take pictures of the food without keeping the rest waiting. Ahhh.. the perils of dining with food bloggers.
In general, the only dishes that stood out were the mushroom salad, because I’m a sucker for mushies, and the noodles, which were tasty and had a nice flavoursome char.
Jungle curry – A unique style curry without coconut cream containing shimeji mushroom, baby corn, cherry, eggplant, sugar snap peas and young peppercorn seasoned with galingale, chilli and basil $12.50
We were pre-warned that the jungle curry was the hottest item in the menu but personally, I thought it was pretty alright. Truthfully, the noodles were spicier! I was also thrown off by the soupy appearance of the dish as I’ve tried jungle curries at other restaurants and they’ve always been thick and dense, like that of a typical curry.
I disliked how staff zoomed in to clear our plates without checking if we were done. The restaurant was far from occupied at that point, with the night still young. The urgency was not called for.
Spicy drunken noodles “Pad Kee Mao” – Stir-fried rice noodle with chilli and garlic paste, shimeji mushroom, young corn, crunchy green beans and green peppercorn finished with basil and red chilli $12.50
In all honesty, I was underwhelmed at Pok Pok. This food was so-so, nothing to shout about, and the service disappointed me.