Healthy and delicious, too!
Poke /pou’kei/, which means “to slice or cut”, is a popular Hawaiian appetizer made from raw fish (usually salmon or ahi tuna), vegetables, and rice.
Poke is considered a go-to comfort food in Hawaii and no gathering is considered complete without it. The craze has crossed seas; here in Manila, we saw the trend gain traction in 2016.
Since then, a number of restaurant have started to offer the healthy fast-food dish. You can go crazy with additional toppings like edamame, avocados, and tobiko (fish roe), then top it off with some soy sauce. It’s basically a sushi bowl on steroids.
The Wholesome Table – various branches
The Wholesome Table, by Bianca Araneta-Elizalde, is a proudly local and wholly organic cafe that serves healthy superfoods, smoothies, and power bowls. Each dish is carefully sourced and prepared. The menu is regularly updated based on what’s fresh; they recently introduced their Poke Bowl and Vegan Poke Bowl.
Johnny Kahuku’s Hawaiian Shrimphouse – various branches
Johnny Kahuku is a Hawaiian-themed restaurant specializing in fresh seafood fare and other island-inspired dishes. It is a concept restaurant from the Red Crab group. Must tries include Tuna Ahi, Salmon, Special Seafood, Poke Sampler, and Island Kilawin.
Sushi Nori – various branches
Sushi Nori is the first temakeria in the country that offers grab-and-go sushi. Try 26 different flavors to be made into a hand-rolled temaki or a 6-pc sushi rolls set. They also serve salads and sushi bowls.
Sunnies Cafe – various branches
Sunnies Cafe is an LA-inspired cafe-slash-restaurant that’s all about fusing together all that the Sunnies brand stands for: fashion, food, travel, and more. Aside from their popular all-day brunch plates, their healthy salads are pretty good, too. The Salmon Poke Quinoa Salad is a must try!
Poke Poke – various branches
Poke Poke is a poke bar that allows guests to customize their own bowls in six easy steps, starting with the base, protein, mix-ins, flavor, toppings and lastly, the crunch. Various ingredients like rice, salad greens, salmon, unagi, steak, rice, bacon, and avocado are available. You can also order from their signature bowls like Basic, Dragon, and For the Rich Only.
Hook by Todd English – Uptown Parade
Hook is a spin-off of Todd English’s raw bar that serves borderless seafood cuisine with a twist. They offer raw oysters, salted egg shrimp, ceviche, and crispy tuna poke.
Poke Shack – Pasig
Poke Shack allows you to create your own poke bowls, signature bowls, and enjoy other snacks like sushi rolls and nachos.They have a wide selection of toppings from ebiko, mushroom, mango, cherry tomato, tofu and tempura flakes.
Must Try: Tokyo Ponzu, Salmon Sriracha, create-your-own
View their Instagram account
G/F Tera Tower, Bridgetowne, C5 cor. Ortigas Ave., Barangay Ugong, Quezon City, Ortigas, Pasig
Kapoké – Weekend Markets
Kapoké offers a taste of Hawaiian comfort food. They serve healthy and affordable custom and signature poke bowls at a flat rate of P180. They can be found at the Legaspi Sunday Market for now or catch them at various bazaars around the city.
Must Try: Fuji, Kapoke, 6100
Sushi Ninja – Westgate Alabang
Modernizing the sushi game, Sushi Ninja by Chef Matthew Tanjuakio doesn’t play on the ‘safe side’ when it comes to their creations. Popular items include the Oedo-Toshi, Modernized Sushi, Sakura Maki, Tsukiji Maki and Covarrubias Maki. They recently just launched their build your own poke menu. Try the Salmon Pokedon!
Ono Poke Shop – various branches
Ono Poke Shop is a quick serve Hawaiian poke food shop where you can customize your own bowls, from the rice to the protein and sides.
No reservations accepted
View their Instagram account
The Yard Underground, Christian Route, Pasig
Akira – various branches
Akira is a Japanese restaurant specializing in sushi and teppanyaki. Watch their in-house chefs prepare and cook your teppanyaki orders in a fiery cooking showcase. Akira also offers sushi, sashimi and even poke bowls!
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