Poke (pronounced “POH-keh”) means “to slice or cut” in Hawaiian. It refers to a raw fish salad, with chunks of raw, marinated fish, usually tuna, tossed over rice and topped with vegetables and umami-packed sauces.
The customisable dish is ubiquitous in Hawaii, with all sorts of ingredients available. You pick out the kind of poke you want and get it to go in a disposable bowl.
Here are some of the popular poke outlets in Brisbane and the Gold Coast.
Miss Bliss in the West End is the heart of healthy food in Brisbane. You’ll find plenty of twists on the traditional poke bowl. Expect sesame crusted seared salmon on a bed of brown rice surrounded by various fresh foods like avocado, cucumber, pickled ginger, a soft egg and wasabi peas.
Pineapple Express at Portside Wharf, Hamilton is famous for healthy feeds. Now they have healthy poke bowls, like the salmon and tuna poke bowl filled with wild coconut rice, avocado, blistered tomatoes, mango salsa and coconaise.
The menu at Suki at South Bank and Bulimba centres entirely on poke bowls and sushi burritos. With a build-your-own poke option, you can go crazy on choice. If you struggle to create your own, just order the 3 amigos. It’s full of snapper, salmon, tuna, cabbage, cucumber, ponzu, surimi crab, and fried shallot. All food is sustainably sourced and will sustain you for hours.
The Collective at Palm Beach has a vibrant bowl of tuna poke with shallots, soy, sesame, avocado and garlic pastry.
Nodo at Newstead is best known for its vegan doughnuts and healthy menu. Now they have poke. The poke bowl is filled to the brim with biodynamic brown rice, salmon, edamame, cucumber, kimchi, crispy onion furikake, miso and ginger.