Pogo is a pretty in pink Middle Eastern diner from seasoned operators Scott Bridger and former Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan (they’re also behind Bib & Tucker, Goody Two’s, and May Street Larder).

The menu is designed for sharing and diners are encouraged to order in whatever sequence they wish. The food is fun and approachable, with traditional recipes and flavours given a contemporary spin. Try beef cheek dumplings with burnt butter, chilli, yoghurt and pickles (a play on Turkish manti) or the Pogo Taco, slow-cooked lamb in roti bread.

There are plenty of plant-based dishes too, such as hummus with Fremantle king oyster mushrooms and roasted cauliflower with pine-nut skordalia (a Greek potato and garlic dip). If you have room for dessert, there’s Tunisian donuts, tahini truffles, and lemon tart cones made with kataifi, a thin vermicelli-like string pastry.

For drinks, expect local and international wines, Australian and Middle Eastern beers, and cocktails inspired by the food’s flavour profiles.

The pastel-pink fit-out by stylist Clare Ryan is light and inviting. There are 70 seats inside and 30 in the courtyard, with bi-fold doors joining the areas seamlessly.

Updated: February 24th, 2020

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