The best poking food trend to come to Melbourne—poké bowls are the deliciously rich, flavour-bursting takeaway option solving all our lunch woes. Poké is a traditional Hawaiian dish championing Japanese influenced spices, mix and match silky fresh fish on a bed of sushi rice, veggies and tastebud-tingling sauces. You can find out more about it here.
We're all going a but nuts for it, so here at the best places in Melbourne to get your serve of poké.
Spearheaded by the team behind Botherambo, Mahalo Poké serves poke from sunrise to sunset. Breakfast poke comes topped with a poached egg, salmon, broccolini, kale, flaked raw almonds and Furikake. If you’re poking around for poke at lunch, choose between crispy soft shell crab, traditional Kingfish and silky spicy salmon. Housed in a summery, pale pink and white interior, curl up in the corner on colder nights or snag an outdoor seat in summer.
Home to some of the best brunch in Melbourne, Short Straw’s poke bowl is just as good lookin’ as the interior. Featuring an airy, gutted out space with hanging plants, rustic brick walls and overarching rooftops, Short Straw’s Insta-perfect poke features cured sesame seed salmon, sweetcorn, soybeans, avocado, fresh herbs and ponzu dressing on multigrain rice.
We can’t go past Poki Time’s signature Spicy Up bowl with salmon, spicy miso tuna, spicy mayo sauce, seaweed salad, corn, cucumber, masago, fresh chillies and roasted sesame seeds. Other favourites that will have you poking your mate for a taste includes the Hawaii FIVE-O with tuna, original sauce, edamame, cucumber and roasted sesame seeds.
A fishy sliver away from Flagstaff, Pokéd was one of Melbourne’s first Poké joints. Generously sized, brightly coloured bowls march out of this sleek, tropical-styled venue when lunch hour hits. It’s no wonder when there are takeaway-friendly options including The Big Kahuna with sashimi salmon, sous vide prawns with spicy mayo, cucumber, tomato, spring onion, sweet onion lettuce, cabbage, seaweed salad, edamame, pineapple, crab salad, wonton crisps, tabiko and sesame seeds — YES THAT’S ALL IN ONE DELICIOUS LUNCH BOWL.
Leagues above Facebook’s virtual poking feature, Poké Me (it’s pronounced POH-kay by the way) is a serious contender for Melbourne’s fishy poké crown. If you’re a sucker for toppings (all the toppings), you’ll never have to be indecisive at this South Yarra fresh food kingdom. DIY bowls let the indecisive choose up to six (SIX) toppings, along with protein, sauces and extras like charcoal salt and wasabi caviar. Poke us, we’re in heaven.
Point Break Poké
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You’ll be eating until breaking point with Point Break Poké. The team behind the Hanoi Hannah, Saigon Sally and Tokyo Tina restaurants has launched a takeaway and delivery-only restaurant. Fresh, bright and (most importantly) speedy, your colleagues are in for a serious case of food envy when these poké bowl babies hit your work desk.
O-fish-ally nek level poké bowls have arrived at Tokyo Tina. Choose between the traditional avocado and salmon poke with rice, mango, onion and jalapeno coconut or inventive pineapple snapper poke with rice, wasabi, avocado, cucumber and onion.
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