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Gotta catch ’em all.. Poke restaurants!

Words by The Modern Connoisseur, Pictures provided by Eugene Hyland

We weren’t sure it was coming, and we weren’t sure what it would look like, but Melbourne’s newest food trend has hit the streets and we are pleased to say that it is healthy! A refreshing change from the 1,000+ calories found in a freakshake; ‘poke’ food reigns from the unlikely island nations of Hawaii. With a very clear and modern take on Japanese cuisine, poke is the Hawaiian word meaning to segment and is a dish that is traditionally a light salad of lightly cured raw tuna or fish, with vegetables, atop a bed of sushi rice. Delicious!

Opening its doors recently in Richmond is a new eatery that is bringing this food trend to the surface: Mahalo Poke. Interestingly, this eatery first launched its cuisine via UberEATS in late 2016 to great success. Dishes on offer include ‘spicy salmon with pickled ginger, corn, edamame, ka’ukama, carrot, purple cabbage, volcano ponzu and tahini sauce’ and the ‘Hula waffle with pure maple, bacon, house ice-cream and macadamia crumble’. Best thing about the meals is that you know your investment is going to a good place, as the dishes incorporate locally sourced ingredients; a win-win for everyone involved.

There are also some delicious beverages on offer including a delightful Coco Dragon smoothie (think dragonfruit, mango, chai, coconut, cashew, honey and coconut milk), cold brew coffees by Niccolo and beer and wine. Opening night to Mahalo Poke saw us lucky ducks at The Modern Connoisseur sample specially made cocktails by brother bar Botherambo next door, who also own Mahalo Poke. We also got to check out some of the poke, which was quite customisable to your hunger and healthiness levels. There was a fried chicken option on one extreme, and a bed of kale for your choice of topping on the other. A bad meets good combinaton that spells wonderful!

If there’s one thing we learnt through our poke experience, it’s that it is healthy, relaxed and most importantly, delicious.

The important stuff:

77 Swan Street

Opening Hours
Mon – Fri 7.30am – 10pm
Sat – Sun 8am – 10pm

Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 7:30am – 10pm
Sat – Sun: 8:00am – 10pm

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