The poke (pronounced “Po-kay”) bowl trend took off last year in Auckland, with a poke bar setting up shop on every corner. They’re healthy, fresh, raw, and down-right delicious–Providing everything you want and need in a fast, conveniently-packaged lunch bowl. The idea of raw fish may turn you off, but if you find the right spot with freshly-caught tuna or salmon, trust us your mind will be changed. So, we’ve put together the top 5 spots that will make you fall in love with the Hawaiian classic.
In between the high-end clothing stores on High Street, you’ll find Shaka Bowl–A little Hawaiian-themed poke bowl eatery. The black and wood-decorated joint has stencilled walls and warm lighting, welcoming you the moment you step foot inside. The menu is kept simple: Tuna, Salmon, Trevally, or tofu. Regular size or large. Take your chance to add healthy toppings like their edamame beans, pineapple, and pomegranate to get things exactly to your liking.
Located in the Auckland Fish Market, you can guarantee Ika Bowl use the freshest seafood available. The Polynesian poke bar sources their fish from the Pacific Ocean, paired with local NZ produce to create fresh, vibrant bowls. Take your pick between proteins such as King salmon, tuna, poached chicken, tofu, or prawns, and add your favourite extras to create your perfect bowl. If the extensive salad bar gets too overwhelming, however, you can always opt for one of the ready-set menu choices such as the “Moana” or “Koko Loko”.
Yeah Bowl Poke
Setting out with the goal to deliver healthy fast food, Yeah Bowl Poke was born in the heart of the city. The hole in the wall counter sits in between Britomart Square and Britomart train station, perfect for grabbing lunch on the go. Choose between black rice or salad (or both) and a protein of your liking. Top it off with fresh-cut vegetables, super-food garnishes, and some in-house sauce and you’ve got yourself a winner. P.S. They also do a great cup of coffee!
One of the OG’s in the Auckland poke bowl scene, Ha! Poke has been serving fresh bowls to Ponsonby residents for some time now. Proving popular enough to open in Mission Bay and at The University of Auckland, Ha! Poke has made quite a reputation for themselves. As well as your usual teriyaki bowls, they also whip up kimchi, aloha, and spicy bowls to suit everyone's taste. And, at their UoA store only, they now serve breakfast bowls–So you can start your day off the right way.
A Japanese take on a Hawaiian classic, Poke Poke is reinventing the poke game in the best way possible. The cute little salad bar has set up shop on both sides of the bridge, for you to get your fix no matter your location. Create your own bowl a-la-Subway style, choose from one of the pre-designed combos, or switch things up and try something off the hot poke menu. Including Japanese/Hawaiian hybrids such as chicken katsu poke, karaage chicken, and renkon chips.