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.
What to order: Poke Bowl, 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.
What to order: Tuna Ahi, Salmon, Special Seafood, Poke Sampler
Ono Poke – 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.
What to order: Flamin Hot Spicy Miso Tuna Poke, Shoyu Tuna Poke Bowl
Insider tip: Enjoy Buy 1 Get 1 Shoyu Tuna, Crazy Kani, and Spicy Tuna Crunch Poke Mini Bowls with Booky!
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.
What to order: Classic Poke, Spicy Tuna Poke
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.
What to order: Salmon Poke Quinoa Salad, Guacamole Poke Salmon
Poke Poke – various branches
Poke Poke is a poke bar that allows you to customize your 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.
What to order: Customizable Poke Cups or anything on the menu!
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.
What to order: Tokyo Ponzu, Salmon Sriracha, create-your-own
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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.
What to order: 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!
What to order: Build-your-own Poke, Salmon Pokedon
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!
What to order: Ahi Poke
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