Poke bowls and sushi burritos made their appearance in the news a few months back. I was so interested in the write-up, I went to find them but I was too eager. They hadn't set up shop yet. Now, I can happily share with you that there are three restaurants which have opened up and are fully operational in Brisbane. One is on South Bank in Grey St, one is at Gasworks in Newstead and the other one, which I visited, is on Oxford St in Bulimba.
Convenient locations for all of you poke bowl lovers. If you are a greenie like me, you will find your first experience really quite fascinating, not only because this is a fusion of two unexpected cuisines but also because it seems such a simple and healthy option yet no one has done it till now. Poke is a Hawaiian raw fish salad and that is where the name comes from. Burritos are of course Mexican and some clever person has brought these two elements together in this appealing food outlet.
Brisbane is fairly rich in healthy outlets but I think this one is quite special and right up there among the top five.
If you like veg and raw this one is for you, but fear not, for all of you who might not be such fans, there are plenty of other options available as well. For those of you who might be unfamiliar with how this works, this is what happens.
A Suki bowl person greats you and takes out a tray on which two bowls are placed. It is then for you to decide five easy steps; adding your base - for this you are offered a selection of rice and grains or kale; then your protein, which might be various types of raw or cooked fish or tofu; your selection of veg, which is displayed in containers in front of you; and at the end, your sauce and your toppings. Then these are all mixed together and served up to you. Sounds complicated? Not at all - you can become a pro in one go and if in doubt just ask a helpful member of staff. The only thing you have to worry about is that your eyes might be larger than your stomach, though even large poke bowls would not be hard to put away. I don't know about a burrito though - they look quite massive to me!
The ambience is pink and pleasant, the prices are certainly attractive and the pleasure of having lunch out which is almost entirely healthy is a real plus. So next time you are in Oxford St, exhausted from dipping in and out of all the wonderful shops in that road, stop off at Suki and go wild with a poke bowl.
For more information on SUKI, go to the website by clicking on this link.