Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is healthy food craze that wowed Dubai. Here are three places where you can try the Hawaiian appetiser.
This delicious, nutritious and healthy mix of rice, proteins and veggies is #lunchgoals for all the fitness enthusiasts out there, as well as being an Instagrammer’s dream.
But is it just another hipster fad, or is poke here to stay? We think the latter – we tried it once and we’re now obsessed.
Our favourite part? Poke Poke has options for everyone, including vegans! From Poke bowls to Poke tacos to açai and peanut butter ice cream, everything on their menu sounds delicious. We tried the small vegan bowl with quinoa, topped with crispy garlic, shallots and a jalapeño, avocado and coconut sauce – yum!
From AED 50. 11am-12am daily; 11am-8pm Sunday and 4pm-12am Monday. Umm Suqueim 2, Jumeirah Beach Road. Also Cluster Y, JLT. pokepoke.com
Sumo Sushi & Bento was probably one of the first restaurants to introduce poke bowls to Dubai.
We know Sumo is great for its sushi, so we wouldn’t expect anything less of its poke bowls. After all, don’t poke bowls (a bed of rice layered with diced raw fish, veggies and sauce) almost sound like a big bowl of unwrapped sushi?
Sumo Sushi offers two choices for the poke curious: Samurai Poke – with shrimp tempura, avocado and cream cheese, and Cali Poke – a slightly healthier crabstick-packed option.
From AED 45. All Sumo outlets. sumosushibento.com
Cali-Poke Californian Seafood House
Choose your base, pick your seafood, select the veggies and add a topping. Go with brown rice or salad if you’re feeling healthy, stack up on chips (crisps) if you’re not, or strike a balance with a half-and-half serving.
Cooked chicken also caters for non-seafood lovers at this neighbourhood restaurant and indecisive eaters can opt for pre-designed bowls, including the Dubai (AED 73.5), that’s filled with chicken and prawns served over brown rice.
Whatever you have, don’t skip the crunchy garlic, unless it’s a lunch date – the views over Dubai Canal from here are divine.
From AED 52.5. Churchill Tower, Business Bay. 11am-12.30pm (Wednesdays closed, Friday from 12pm). 04 431 2067. Also at Cluster J, JLT.