POW Kitchen Loves Melbourne
You might be mistaken for thinking you are walking into a disco, but in fact it's the revamped mezzanine of the Bandroom Balcony at the Prince of Wales. The World Loves Melbourne (Narani) was invited to the unveiling of the POW kitchen and Bandroom.
This oriental overturn of the St Kilda icon was completed by design firm Six Degrees whose previous works includes the architecturally award wining Newmarket Hotel. Under the guidance of nostalgia enthusiast, Mark Healy, the space has transformed into the classic expat era; with wicker chairs, vinyl records and newspaper print featuring on the walls.
Executive Chef, Daniel Hawkins and Head Chef, Woosun Choi (formally of Newmarket hotel) have created some exception dishes with a real "POW" effect. This includes Korean style 'chop chop' beef tartare with sesame crisp and nashi and the 'crisp crisp' spicy school prawns served with togarashi and yuzu aioli. If that isn't enough to wet your appetite then how about some Ya'an original 'bang bang' chicken with Sichuan pepper and Kalbi 'sticky sticky' short ribs with nashi and shitake. You will definitely be back for 'more more'.
And if you fancy a drink to accompany these delights, the drinks menu will be sure to satisfy, with 24 brews from the tap and 28 wines by the glass, bottle or barrel. We actually think it is the cocktails that steal the show in the form of sours, slings and slushies, with rum being a house favourite.
We especially like the St Kilda Sling, which is their take on the Singapore Sling - Spiced Rum, Montenegro, blood orange and pineapple. These cocktails are served in pitcher-perfect jugs or me-so-single serves to suit all celebrations.
With authentic South East Asian flavours, bandroom beats, balcony views and curb-side prices, your St Kilda session venue is sorted.