Yup, I’ve found my new favourite food. Poke (pronounced “POH-kay”) is already all the rage in the US, and several savvy restaurateurs have now brought this super-delicious, super-healthy Hawaiian sushi salad to Dubai.
One of the latest additions to Dubai’s poke scene is Cali-Poke. The owner and founder is a California native who’s spent time in Hawaii and operates four poke shops in the US, so you can be sure that this poke is authentic and top-notch. The concept works like Subway – you decide what you want and proceed down the line to choose your toppings and customise your poke bowl. But the fish is fresh and delicious, the toppings extensive, and non-fish eaters can still enjoy with chicken or cooked seafood variations.
I love, love, love this place so much that I’ve already been back four times – ordering the exact same thing each time. I’ll be even happier once they open their branch closer to me in JLT later this year.
A large poke bowl will set you back AED65. All toppings are included. The Dubai Food Diaries favourite: 1 large poke bowl with brown rice and crunchy garlic on top, avocado, all the salads (cucumber, onions, chilis, green onions), 2x raw salmon, 2x raw tuna, 1x ebi, all the toppings except pickled ginger and wasabi (seaweed salad, corn nuts, sesame seeds, nori, crabsticks, fish eggs) with spicy house sauce.
Verdict: My new favourite craving. Even my veggie and non-raw-fish-eating friends liked it!
Note to self: Get the wasabi on the side, so you don’t mistake it for the guac. Plus, use the Entertainer coupon for even better value.
Shop 15, Churchill Tower
Tel: 04 453 5444
Chow for now!