For those of you who aren’t sure what a poke bowl is, the word poke is Hawaiian for ‘cut into pieces,’ referring to the delicious raw cubed fish (kind of like ceviche), served traditionally over a bowl of rice and salad. Poke has since made its way all over the world and thankfully it has found its way onto plenty of Perth menus. With each hot spot providing its own special twist, from Japanese-inspired to vegetarian poke bowls, you'll want to try all of these!
Oh and by the way, it’s pronounced poh-kay not poke. You’re welcome.
Here’s where you can find the best poke bowls in Perth.
Pleased To Meet You
Pleased To Meet You is dishing out some of the best bowls in the business and their poke bowl is no exception. The raw tuna is so fresh it just about melts in your mouth and the slight crunch of the black rice is the perfect complement. Topped off with edamame, corn, seaweed salad and red cabbage, this is an absolute must order next time you're at this Northbridge haunt.
Bassendean sweetheart Holly Raye's makes a mean teriyaki rainbow-coloured poke bowl with all the necessary additions like avocado, coriander, fresh chopped chilli, red cabbage, carrot, brown rice, pickled ginger and a soy ginger dressing—it’s a must try for any one yet to get into the poke spirit in Perth!
The Kailis family, aka the seafood kings of Perth, is the team behind Canteen and they do a dang good poke bowl. From their soya white fish poke with sriracha, fried shallots, spring onions and brown rice to the amazing red fish (salmon) poke with ponzu, wasabi mayo, furikake, seaweed salad and brown rice, their bowls rival even the best in Hawaii and they are undoubtedly some of the best poke bowls in Perth!
This dedicated poke joint at the Fremantle Markets has made it their mission to provide quality salad bowls that you can grab and go, and you can now order them with Uber eats. From vegetarian poke bowls, crab poke bowls and traditional poke with brown rice salad and all the toppings—think edamame, seaweed salad, tuna, mango, tobiko with ponzu and wasabi dressing—you simply can’t go wrong with a trip to iPoke for lunch.
Bowl’n is known for serving all kinds of things in bowls (shocking, isn’t it?), from smoothies, nourish bowls and of course, an excellent traditional poke bowl. Their amazing version comes with cubed salmon, sushi rice, classic style dressing, edamame, coriander, spring onions, fried shallots, pickled ginger, kelp noodles, furikake and a nori cracker.
Pixel Coffee Brewers
Offering a variation on the poke bowls we’re used to, Pixel Coffee Brewers do theirs with smoked salmon and avocado plus a whole lot of fresh greens and topped with crunchy pepitas—it’s a sensual explosion for the taste buds and not to be missed.
Pacific Rim Mix Plate
While they currently only do their poke salad on a Saturday, Pacific Rim Mix Plate is definitely worth a visit. They serve Hawaiian fusion mix plates inspired by the different migrant influences to their traditional islander cuisine—their Japanese inspired poke is definitely worth a trip to Applecross for, with delicious sashimi tuna, seaweed and cucumber over a spicy salad—you’ll be back for seconds.
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Pleased To Meet You | Image credit: Nancy Hanna