Meet Prem from Groove Train

News| 16th May 2022
Meet Prem from Groove Train
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Prem Pokhrel was on the right track when he opened the Groove Train three years ago. His engine-uity in the kitchen has created a loyal following of diners, many of whom have become his friends.

Prem worked as a kitchenhand when he came to Melbourne from Nepal with his family 13 years ago. “I was a consultant back home, so being in a kitchen was not something I was expecting but I became more and more interested in the recipes and the cooking.”

With the right guidance Prem worked his way up, got a diploma in hospitality and became a sous chef at Melbourne Racing Club. He then worked in few different establishments to experience café-style cooking.

After working in hospitality for many years, Prem was looking for an opportunity to open his own business. “This place caught my eye. Cranbourne Park is multicultural, close to home and has access to everything I need.”

The Groove Train transforms from a cosy café during the day to a vibrant restaurant-bar at night. It’s the perfect place for a fun social gathering or an intimate dinner for two.

“I love  talking to people, finding out what they like to eat, chatting about their day and watching them enjoy a nice meal with family and friends,” says Prem. “Most of my regulars feel like friends I’ve known for years.”

What he loves most about this community is how retailers and customers jump in when someone needs assistance: “They make sure everyone is safe and comfortable.”

His favourite place to eat at Cranbourne Park is of course the Groove Train, especially for the Nourish Bowl, but sometimes the food court is just the ticket. “Other retailers I visit regularly include Schnitz, Jamaica Blue, Blooms The Chemist and Mr Minit.”

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