77 Swan St Richmond, VIC 3121
Mahalo Poké, created by the crew behind Richmond’s Botherambo, is the latest addition to Melbourne’s new and booming Hawaiian-Japanese fusion scene. Serving custom-made poke bowls filled with fresh, healthy ingredients, it’s the perfect destination for a guilt-free, yet satisfying lunch on the go.
Choose from a base of kale, brown rice, jasmine rice or soba noodles, then pick one of the restaurant’s signature bowls, all based around proteins such as sashimi grade tuna or salmon. If you’d prefer, you can also build your own poké bowl from a huge selection of fresh ingredients behind the counter.
Big cubes of fresh salmon atop a salad of corn, edamame, cabbage, pineapple and carrots. The presentation was beautiful and the gribiche on top added a nice kick of flavour.
Perhaps not as healthy as the other options, but the fried chicken was tender and juicy. Soba can often be soggy and gluggy when cooked poorly, but this was definitely not the case – they maintained their texture and bite.
I’m very excited to see so many poké options around Melbourne these days, and Mahalo Poké certainly holds its own amongst the them. Beyond poké bowls, it also offers a number of breakfast dishes as well as smoothies, which means a repeat visit is definitely necessary!
Disclaimer: My Food Belly was invited to dine as a guest of Mahalo Poké, however, all reviews and opinions are my own.