Great for a casual catch up with friends, Pogo is a modern Middle Eastern restaurant located in Mount Hawthorn, Perth. Co-owned by Scott Bridger and former Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan (of Bib & Tucker, Goody Two’s, and May Street Larder fame), it features the prettiest pastel and geometric styled dining space we’ve seen in Perth. It’s sophisticated and chic yet casual and eclectic. Plus the restaurant features dining in a sun-dappled courtyard, which would be perfect for lunch or summer dining.
Drinks at Pogo
To begin the night, their bar serves fresh and fragrant cocktails. We tried the Persian Lime Fizz and a Strawberry Negroni Special. Next time we’ll try the Sour Cherry Sour which sounded delicious for lovers of Amaretto.
The Food Menu
Pogo’s menu is designed for sharing and features traditional Middle Eastern flavours with a contemporary spin. We loved the whipped Hummus & Pita with spiced lamb and the house-baked flatbread with burnt butter and toum (we had to ask about Toum – found out it is a Lebanese garlic sauce). Just amazing flavours all-round and the deep-fried crispy pita with the hummus was a revelation!
For mains the Zaatar Fried Chicken with aleppo mayo, pickled cucumber and curry leaf was delicious. As was a couple of grill items – the Wagyu Beef Skewer with burnt cucumber, dynamite sauce, crispy shallots and the Spiced Chicken Skewer with burnt honey glaze, smoked yoghurt, fermented pumpkin. Yum was all we could utter! To satisfy the three veg rule, we added the Roaster Cauliflower and Crispy Potatoes. (2 out of 3 isn’t bad!)
Dessert is our favourite part of every meal, and Pogo didn’t disappoint!
We ordered a Chocolate & Cardamom Frozen Mousse which was silky and delicious. However, we did miss the s’mores topping that we’d seen on their Instagram feed before visiting. Our second choice was the Fried Yoghurt Bread (think doughnuts) with cinnamon and honey, which were so good we ordered a second serve. It’s rare to see desserts under $15 these days in Perth, but Pogo certainly delivers here as every dessert on their menu was $10 or below.