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Pok Pok - Exciting Thai Restaurant in Docklands

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Pok Pok is a standout restaurant in Docklands with superb Thai cusine that's a celebration of the owners favourite flavours of his home country. Many city workers from surrounding offices stream to Pok Pok for its coffee (yes it's good), breakfasts and its fabulous lunch/dinner menu.

According to their website, 

"Pok Pok was created to bring Thai street food from Bangkok to the streets of Melbourne. "Pok Pok" is a Thai term to describe the sound of a pestle gently thumping spices in a granite mortar - a common background noise in the street eateries of Bangkok and throughout South-East Asia.
Our menu is constantly evolving and reads like a culinary tour of Thailand, ranging from dishes influenced by the north, northeast, middle and south of Bangkok."

Working in Docklands I visited Pok Pok for both breakfast and lunch. I have to say lunch is better but the breakfast serviceable with fine coffee and simple options such as the Pok Pok eggs (would prefer toasted bread to untoasted)... Also try the free range egg and bacon sandwich for take away.

The fit out is modern and attractive with high ceilings, plants, artwork, pleasant upstairs dining with large communal table and pink stools, as well as downstairs quick service.

The lunch menu brims with compelling offerings such as the Twice cooked pork hock with jasmine rice. This is such great value and super tasty at just over $10. All the elements were superbly cooked and presented including the rice, melt in your mouth pork, crisp bok choy, great pickles and egg. Not to mention spicy sauce in a bowl. I could understand nearby financial services staff indulging in such fare every day. 

Check out the Crisp Barramundi salad, the Roasted Duck Curry or the Chiang Mai Curry Noodles. Or indded the Pineapple Rice with Beef. In fact its a comprehensive and inspiring menu.

I can't but help think if this place was in the heart of the CBD it would be an absolute sensation. In any case it is super popular.


Some people have compared it to Chin Chin but a cheaper version. To be honest Pok Pok is exclusively Thai in style while Chin Chin combines several Asian styles. No doubt Pok Pok is up there in terms of quality...

Staff are friendly and the whole experience is enjoyable. Highly recommended.


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David Hagger is a bald headed man with a penchant for finery, convivial dining, and festive culture. He honestly believes Melbourne is an impressive global city.


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    Sharky Wednesday, 23 January 2013

    Must search this one out as I saw twitter light up about it.

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    Nadia A Thursday, 21 February 2013

    The owners aren't Thai tho haha. They're Malaysian. And a lot of the staff are Korean.

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