Fresh, fast and fabulous: Is there any other way to live life, or to eat lunch? Malolo Poke tucked away down Gresham Lane (off Creek Street) in Brisbane's CBD is the latest embodiment of the Hawaiian-Japanese trend which marries a base like rice or noodles with lean protein (traditionally raw fish) and lashings of fresh salad vegetables.
I'm informed that poke (pronounced poh-kay) means to slice, or cut, in Hawaiian. Though I came late to the poke bowl craze, I'm making up for lost time - devouring as many of these delicious and nutritious creations as I can find. I recently discovered Malolo Poke and was thrilled to find that not only do they focus on high-quality ingredients - think locally sourced produce and line-caught seafood - but they do so at affordable prices.
Only the freshest sashimi grade line-caught salmon is served. Image courtesy Malolo Poke.
I chose the Mr T bowl featuring tiger prawns, coriander, beetroot, kale, edamame and shallots with a house soy dressing, seaweed salad and crispy onions. There are many other bowls on the menu, offering tuna or salmon sashimi, poached chicken, slow cooked pulled pork, or tofu protein options with a different base and salad options.
Prefer to think out of the box? You can build your own bowl, depending on your protein preferences, and your knack for marrying toppings and sauces. If you can't wait for lunch, there's a six-option breakfast menu (available till 10.30am) with items such as bircher muesli and BLTs. Don't skip the coffee either - it's divine.