No, we’re not talking about restaurants that jab you, we’re talking pok-ey!
It’s the new cuisine sweeping the shores of this great nation, all the way from the Hawaiian Islands. Poke (pronounced poh-kay, and spelt without the hyphenated e according to this chef) is essentially a seafood salad mix in a bowl, which is a staple in Hawaii. If you love sushi, you will adore poke! And if you’re in Sydney, there is a fine selection of places serving these wonderful concoctions. So, fish lovers, are you ready to get your poke on?
Chances are you’ve probably already eaten a poke bowl from Nama Poke, as they wholesale to local restaurants around Sydney. But go straight for the horse’s mouth, as they say, and take a seat in their simple and chic dining room. We recommend picking a signature dish, namely their Spicy Tuna, with spicy togarashi sauce, pickled carrots, red cabbages, edamame, cucumbers, nori and crispy wontons.
These guys opened Australia’s first poke shop in 2014. See? It really is a young market. Take a step inside Love Poke’s modern dining room and give your tastebuds a much-needed holiday. Their menu varies throughout the year, and with the changing tides of the seafood industry. Simply browse through the step by step menu and curate your own poke bowl.
Finn Poke started as a quaint little restaurant in Byron Bay and has since stretched out to Queensland and now in the Sydney CBD. Tucked away in a corner of the fancy level 5 food court in Westfield Sydney is this slice of paradise. Build your own or pick a signature poke dish from the menu. And while your there, give your sweet tooth a healthy kick with their fresh-mixed juices.
Get out of the city and into the ‘burbs’, especially with regard to poke! Poke Bros was founded through a shared love for Japanese and Hawaiian food, and they serve up some tasty bowls in the west of Sydney. We heartily recommend the Poke Prawn signature bowl, with cooked prawns, brown rice, kimchi, cucumber, pickled carrots and radish, corn, fried garlic and cream cheese. Or make your own!
Toke N Poke
We’re not sure if your up for a toke, but you’ll definitely want the poke. At Toke N Poke in Sydney’s inner west, there’s an air of rustic beauty and wildness in the dining room. Not only do they specialise in mix and match poke bowls and signatures, but they also serve sushi and sashimi, and nachos and tacos, each with their own poke-style flair. No drooling on the keyboard, please!
Fish Bowl exploded onto the Sydney food scene in 2016, so much so that after building 11 uniquely-designed stores here, they’re now expanding into Melbourne. A particular unique trait in most of their stores is their cashless transactions, making your takeaway experience quick and easy. We recommend the Miso Salmon, with seared salmon on a bed of cabbage salad.
Salmon and Bear
Salmon and Bear specialises in all things seafood, from fish curries to prawn cocktails, to seafood tacos and even poke bowls. They may not have a wide variety or a build-yourself collection of poke bowls, but they have been added to this list for a reason. That reason is for how good they sound and how amazing they taste. Go for the salmon poke bowl, with poke crunch, soy and sesame dressing, corn salsa, avocado and coconut basmati rice.
When it comes to mixing poke bowls, nude is good. Nude is another way of saying fresh. At Nudefish Poke, you’ll be treated to a selection of 41 ingredients that are sourced as ethically as can be. As usual, go for a signature or build your own. If you’re going signature and love a good bit of tang, try the Wasabi Salmon! You’ll be whistling.