Poke (pronounced poh-kay) is the latest healthy food craze to hit Dubai. Sounds familiar? You must have seen it on all the Insta-famous fitness bloggers’ feeds…
A delicious, nutritious and healthy mix of rice, proteins and veggies, the Hawaiian appetiser is literally #lunchgoals for all the fitness enthusiasts and health conscious people out there.
But is it just another hipster fad, or is poke here to stay? We think the latter… as reluctant as we were to give in to the trend, we tried it once and we’re now obsessed.
Almost convinced? Here are three places where you can try poke in Dubai:
Poke Poke – the newest one
So good, you have to say it twice. Poke Poke is the newest of the lot and also has the widest selection of Poke. Kind of like a Subway for poke bowls, you can choose your toppings and sauces as they make it in front of you.
Our favourite part? Poke Poke has options for everyone, including vegans! From Poke bowls to Poke tacos to acai 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 jalapeno, avocado and coconut sauce – YUM.
11am-12am, Umm Suqueim 2, Jumeirah Beach Road. pokepoke.com /04 347 7222
Shaka King – the most Instagrammable one
Every evening from 6pm onwards, Tom&Serg in Al Quoz turns in to Shaka King – a pop-up Hawaiian restaurant that serves up food that looks way too good to eat.
Even though poke is traditionally made with rice, you can get your poke bowls with zucchini noodles or greens as a base. Whether you choose to get tuna, salmon or tofu, all the protein is cooked in their special Shaka King sauce.
Besides poke bowls, Shaka King also offers a poke burrito, Hawaiian burgers and subs.
6pm-11pm, Tom&Serg, Al Quoz. 056 474 6812
Sumo Sushi – the most traditional one
Sumo Sushi & Bento was probably one of the first restaurants to introduce poke bowls to Dubai, but sadly it just wasn’t cool enough back then.
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 three types of poke bowls: Samurai Poke – a signature dish on the menu, Cali Poke – a slightly healthier option, and the standard Poke Bowl – which is simply sashimi, rice and sauce.
11am-11pm, all Sumo outlets. sumosushibento.com / 800-SUMO