Takin’ it to the Streets – by Jayde!
Docklands is a bit of an anomaly to Melbourne. It’s a relatively new development in the city and the government is pumping a lot of money and assets into creating a mini-CBD down by the river.
I started working in Docklands in 2007 and it was pretty much a dead-zone back in the day – and a pretty bloody windy one at that. Since then, apartments, restaurants and shopping precincts have popped up in patchwork effort but it’s still lacking some vibe.
Over the last year though, things have changed. The introduction of South Wharf has had a bit of a flow-in effect, as well as business owners finally nailing their market. Docklands has become more of a buzzy day-time affair due to the amount of office blocks that have been erected, so there is great competition to attract the lunchtime crowd.
Some seriously cool eating spots have popped up, the newest being Pok Pok Street Food. Pok Pok is bringing Thai Street Food to the lower end of Bourke Street, with both eat-in and takeaway options.
It’s got a Bangkok flavoured menu for a really reasonable price, with items like ‘Southern Style Muslim Chicken Rice’ and ‘Orange Tamarind Curry with King Prawn and Acacia Omelette’. I haven’t eaten a la carte as yet but I’ve tried a couple of the takeaway options – the rice paper rolls have the usual beef and chicken, but also a zingy soft shell crab and succulent duck. There’s a selection of wraps that are light, healthy but also hugely filling. Try the pulled pork – it is ridiculously scrumptious.
View: www.pokpok.com.au; Visit: Pok Pok Street Food, 801-803 Bourke Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008; Call: +61 3 9620 4580; Open: Mon-Wed 7am-4am, Thu-Fri 7am-10pm, Sat 6pm to 10pm. Wallet: Around $4 for sides to $18.50 for the most expensive main.by