Beat's guide to Melbourne's best poké bowls
It's no surprise that poké bowls have become the next food trend to take over Melbourne, with a bunch of cool eateries opening doors or offering the light and tasty mix of salad, flavoured rice, and raw fish on their menu. Want to wrap your head around the Hawaiian dish and taste it for yourself? Check out Beat’s Guide to Melbourne’s Best Poke Bowls.
Traditionally, poké comes in a small bowl, but here you can order in huge servings if you’re that keen. With a whole lot of fresh veggies and a variety of cheap choices, you could end up with anything in your bowl, from jalapenos and fried wontons to sous vide prawns and tobiko.
3/551 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne
From the minds of Brotherambo comes Mahalo Poke, where you can choose rice or a green salad for the base and work your way from there. Take your pick from salmon, tuna or tofu and top it all off with some sweet and salty pickled vegetables.
77 Swan St, Richmond
The popular Tokyo Tina only has two poke bowl options, but they’re both worth it. There’s the avocado salmon poké, with mango and jalapeno coconut to balance the tang with the spice. The second is the fancy pineapple snapper poke, truly harking back to its Hawaiian roots.
66A Chapel St, Windsor
This South Yarra eatery is all about building a poke that’s to your style: personal, customised, and delicious. You can chuck in enoki mushroom, zucchini pasta, or even wasabi caviar. But their base options are most notable: pink rice, purple mixed grain rice, and green tea soba noodles.
180 Toorak Rd, South Yarra
From the OG Hawaii FIVE-O to the California filled with ponzu sauce and crab mix, the stand out on Poki Time’s menu is The Cocktail, the restaurant’s take on a prawn cocktail in poké form. With sous vide prawns and creamy wasabi sauce, it’s the perfect homage.
20/674-680 Glenferrie Rd, Hawthorn
Tukk & Co.
You’d think coffee and poke wouldn’t go together, but these coffee specialists have slapped raw fish straight onto their menu. There are four rice base options with a nice selection of salmon, wasabi prawn, spicy chicken, and tofu. Surrounded by apartments and offices, it’s the perfect place to quickly pick up a bowl.
720 Bourke St, Docklands
Poke Time Food Truck
Other than Japanese usuals like beef gyudon and chicken katsu, Poke Time serves up three classic poké, each looking like a rainbow in a bowl. You have the option to add even more sides too, like kimchi, Thousand Island crab, and a Japanese soft-boiled egg. Yum!
Tommy Ruff Fish Bar
If you’re living on the south east side and can’t be bothered trekking it all the way into the city, Tommy Ruff Fish Bar has got you covered, with fresh seafood and an original and very modest recipe. The no-frills ingredients include salmon, avocado, rice, cucumber, toasted sesame seeds, and fried wontons.
574A Main St, Mordialloc
Shop 3/1-3 Carre St, Elsternwick
121 Chapel St, Windsor
Point Break Poke
Tokyo Tina’s team’s Point Break Poke is a great takeaway compared to greasy pizza or bland fish and chips. Named after the Keanu Reeves movie where surfers moonlight as bank robbers, this Deliveroo service keeps their poké clean and simple, with sprinklings of cabbage or sweet potato glass noodles.
2 Duke St, Windsor
Naughty Boy Cafe
I know what you’re thinking: isn’t Naughty Boy renowned for serving those giant, decadent milkshakes? Well, the cafe apparently loves to keep up with the trendiest Melbourne foods, so a King Ora salmon bowl with cucumber kimchi and sweet potato can be found right on their menu.
499-501 Lygon St, Princes Hill
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