If you haven’t heard of a poke bowl yet, I think you’re going to be pretty excited to find out what it is—basically summer in a bowl. The dish has been around in Hawaii forever, but it’s only taken the rest of the world by storm more recently.
Put simply, poke is cubed, raw fish, which admittedly doesn’t sound all that exciting, but when you go nuts with the other flavours it’s a real treat. Think coconut and lime dressing served with delish goodies like brown rice, avocado, mango, coriander and all that sort of goodness—it’s sounding a bit more appealing now, right?
Oh and by the way, it’s pronounced poh-kay not poke. You’re welcome.
Here are three spots where you can get a poke bowl in Perth.
When Bowl’n re-opened down on St George’s Terrace I was pretty excited and spent a ridiculous amount of time perusing their Instagram which is where I first came across poke bowls. Offering a choice of fresh salmon, tuna, kingfish or tofu mixed with a combo of ingredients like cabbage, avo, mango, coriander and the king of the dish—pickled ginger—all atop a bed of rice and topped with one a heck of a spicy Asian dressing, this is the perfect lunch time treat.
Newbie beachside spot Canteen is dishing out all sorts of seafood goodness, and their poke bowls are just one thing you need to try here. They’ve got salmon, tuna, kingfish and snapper on offer, all with their own amazing flavour combos. I can’t get enough of the kingfish with coconut, lime, chilli pineapple, coriander and brown rice, but the tuna with teriyaki glaze, pickled daikon, edamame and brown rice sounds pretty dang good too!
Yeah, that’s right, there’s a whole stall at the Freo markets dedicated to all things poke because these bowls are so flippin’ fantastic. It’s a salad bar situation at iPoke, meaning you get to build your own bowl and add whatever you please. We’re not here to judge, but if you don’t get edamame and pickled ginger then you’re doing it wrong.
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iPoke | Image credit: Elle Borgward