Poked – CBD – Little Lonsdale St [Lunch Crawl]

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Remember when Pokemon GO got everyone outside their houses and even nerds like me can socialise with other socially-awkward nerds by spinning virtual pokeballs at Ratata’s? Williamstown beach remembers. Great times. (Still waiting for that epic Mew event)

Similarly awesome, Poke (pronounced Poh-kay) is a Hawaiian dish hailing from the island of Lays, Luau’s and cocktails by the beach. It’s a great Spring/Summer time meal when Melbourne isn’t engulfed in the bitter cold and temperamental pressure systems.

That being said, every time is Poke time. Poked brings the Hawaiian dish to our beloved CBD and judging by the queues – everyone enjoys getting poked, in more ways than one.

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The Hawaiian (Sashimi salmon and tuna, Hawaiian soy, pineapple salsa, pickled cabbage, edamame, seaweed salad, wonton crisps, roasted sesame) – $10.95
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Surf and Turf (Sous-vide chicken and prawns, spicy mayo, pineapple salsa, pickled cabbage, edamame, seaweed salad, wonton crisps roasted sesame) – $12.95

So, Poke in it’s basic form is essentially a fish salad consisting of raw Tuna or Salmon that’s been marinated in soy, onions and all kinds of good stuff that brings out that umami-baby flavour keeps us wanting more.

Poked has brought that simple formula and tweaked it by having customisable options from wonton crisps, edamame, seaweed salad (<3!) all the way to brown rice. The ingredients are fresh, you see what you’re eating and it’s all made in front of you! Also if you’re counting macros, it’ll fit in your daily stats easier than a piece of fried chicken.

The awesome:

  • Surf and Turf: Anything you sous-vide instantly becomes better and the chicken remained tender and moist. The prawns were plump and bursty to the bite and every bite was awesome. The spicy mayo packed a nice little, ‘Hello’ and I appreciated that. Not too hot or too mild, the Goldilocks of spicy mayos. There are so many things going on, it’s like a tasting platter in a bowl. Recommended.
  • Highly customisable: Poked has a set menu (when you cannot be arsed using your brain) or you can customise your lunch order like a pimped out Kia Soul.

The not-so-awesome:

  • Lines are long during lunch.. because people be hungry. But, the assembly line staff are efficient so you’ll get your food without much of a wait.
  • Only available in the CBD! If only there were some way I can get Poke in the West…

Last time I checked, Poked has opened a new location closer to my work on Collins! If you’re looking for a quick healthy (sorta) lunch and love sashimi, I would recommend getting Poked.

4 moustaches out of 5!

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