Cronuts, ice-cream cocooned in candy floss, Matcha lattes, Matcha ice-cream, kimchi …. all recent food trends to hit the UK. Now, there’s a new trend in town – Poké.
Poké (pronounced POKE AY), is a traditional Hawaiian dish made up of raw fish and other ingredients. It’s healthy, nutritious, delicious and really filling. I was invited along to Ahi Poké in Nova Victoria to try a poké bowl for myself.
It’s worth noting that there is only one table outside in the square so Ahi Poké really only caters for take-out. It’s perfect for taking to a nearby park to enjoy, to take on the train if you’re travelling or to eat at your desk.
Ahi Poké caters for two types of people: those who like lots of choice and those who like something already thought out. You can either build your own bowl by choosing a base (kale, brown rice or quinoa), add fish or veg, a sauce and then toppings (such as chili grapefruit or confit ginger) or you can choose a signature bowl. The four signature bowls are Sweet Green, Heat Wave, Oahu and Venice.
I choose the Heat Wave signature bowl which consisted of quinoa, avocado, red onion, kimchee cucumber and coriander with sriracha mayo. I asked for no red onion though and, because it’s made as you order, this was no problem at all.
I sat outside as it was such a nice day and tucked in to my poké bowl. It was so fresh and I loved the cucumber in particular. The quinoa base worked perfectly with the salmon and avocado and the mayo was lovely – just a hint of heat so that it didn’t over power the salmon.
It was really filling and I couldn’t actually finish it in one go so I took it home and ate the rest later in the day. The large Heat Wave signature bowl costs just over £10, which is quite pricey for a work lunch. However, the quality of ingredients, portion size and the fact that it will definitely fill you up make it worth the money.