On a cold autumn night, my friend Laura and I caught up over some great Asian cuisine. If there’s one thing in the world we can’t agree on, its the type of food we’re going to order. Thankfully, Okra in Hawthorn offers a diverse menu that highlights the beloved tastes of Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. The restaurant is mere minutes away from the Rivoli Cinemas, making it a fabulous spot to dine before or after a film. Our favourite part was the starters here, and a few little tweaks would have made the mains stand out that bit more. There’s plenty of choices to enjoy at Okra and they come jam-packed with flavour, served with the warm hospitality you’d expect.
Entrees came out quick and fast after we made our orders. We barely had the chance to get cosy before these beauties arrived at our doorstep. These chicken dumplings in broth (interestingly) topped off in yogurt were such a treat. Who would of thought dumplings and yogurt could be paired together so well? It’s a enjoyable mix of temperatures, creaminess, saltiness – we liked this little experiment for sure.
The beef and chicken satay sticks were so tender and fresh. It’s of course, a classic dish that doesn’t seem as out there as the yoghurt dumplings, yet remains as successful. With two different meat options it also offers some extra variety. This is always a nice touch for a satay-based affair.
This Massaman curry hit the spot on this cold Melbourne night. It was some satisfying moments transferring the meaty, savoury sauce into our tummies. The curry flavour wasn’t the best we’ve had but the chicken was tender and fell off the bone. This was accompanied with house made flakey roti.
The second main was the sticky beef ribs. These came with a side of rice and was super tasty (and messy!). All meals we had were great for sharing and these main dishes were no exception. You’ll be sure to leave this place very full and happy.
For me, dessert always steals the show and this little number did just that. Warm, creamy and all things delicious, this sticky rice black rice satisfied my sweet tooth. This was drizzled with custard and palm sugar syrup. Another one of the slightly weirder options, but memorable enough. The staff at Okra were attentive and warm over our time. Overall, we had a good experience and if you’re around Hawthorn, do check it out for a treat.
Note: author dined at invitation of the restaurant