There is something about asking for a 'hot chick' that gets people around you tittering. But I had a perfectly legitimate reason for making this request when I visited Suki Restaurant at South Bank recently. The 'hot chick' is one of Suki's signature bowls, featuring teriyaki chicken with a range of salad inclusions - lashings of capsicum, red chilli, corn, cabbage, edamame, coriander and avocado.
But the 'hot chick' just one hot option. Others include the delightfully named 'angry bird' featuring katsu chicken with wasabi mayo, spinach, bean sprouts, coriander, cabbage, avocado and pickled ginger. Then there's 'the fighter' with kingfish, sriracha ponzu, coriander, fresh chilli, orange, broccoli, cucumber, avocado and wasabi peas.
Poke bowls are made fresh to order in front of you. Author image.
If you don't fancy the off-the-rack options, there is always the option to build your own bowl (or burrito) from scratch. Lay down one of the foundations on offer, such as bamboo brown rice, white rice, quinoa and kale, green leaves or black rice, before layering with protein, sauce, salad and toppings including everything from hemp seeds to fried shallots.
Suki (pronounced suh-kee) means 'to like, to love', in Japanese, and it seems there is lots to love if the number of outlets is any indication. Suki now has restaurants around Brisbane, including Bulimba and the Gasworks Newstead, as well as in North Queensland and the Sunshine Coast. Personally, other poke bowl places including Malolo Poke and Cheeky Poke Bowl top my list of preferences, but if you're looking for something fast, cheap and cheerful, it's definitely worth stopping by Suki.