Mount Hawthorn meets the Middle East, with bright cocktails and ultra-smooth hummus.

A welcome addition to the Mount Hawthorn scene, Pogo replaced the second outpost of Eamon Sullivan and chef Scott Bridger’s May Street Larder back in February. While their casual East Freo concept didn’t fly here, Pogo, pitched as an Australian restaurant with influences from the Middle East and the Med, has all the hallmarks of a venue with staying power.

Filled with light, the interior pairs an Insta-friendly palette of bright pastel colours with spare design, while light cocktails and good no-alcohol variations suit the tone and match well with the Levantine motifs throughout the menu.It feels like Bridger is having fun here, too, leaning on formative career experiences around Israel, Turkey, Egypt and Jordan.If hummus is the litmus test, it’s a resounding yes please – whipped extra smooth with a good amount of lemon standing up to the tahini, it’s made even better with the optional add-on of grilled king oyster mushrooms. Don’t miss it.

If hummus is the litmus test, it’s a resounding yes please

Expect Bridger to play with seasonal vegetables throughout the year, matching the offerings of feted producers like Pemberton’s Warren Grange with staple proteins perfect for sharing –  think 12-hour roasted lamb shoulder (a favourite from their Pogo To Go menu during shutdown), roasted Fremantle octopus and grilled chicken flavoured with sumac.

A neat follow-up to beachside Bib & Tucker and the original May Street Larder, Pogo is a more than able addition to the Bridger and Sullivan stable, with the look of a casual star in the making.