When you’re looking for food on the run, poke bowls are one of the healthiest, most convenient fast food meals in town. The name ‘poke’ (pronounced ‘po-kay’) comes from the Hawaiian word meaning ‘to slice’ or ‘cut crosswise into pieces’. Since the 1970s, the dish gained Japanese influences before travelling across to the US mainland, from where California-style poke has become mainstream.
Not sure where to find poke on the Gold Coast? We’ve got you covered with five dedicated poke shops, each one offering vibrant fresh versions of the dish.
Poke Poke, Mermaid Beach
Takeway window open Mon-Sun, 12-8. Turn up or call ahead on 0755261509 or text 0424 634 486. Delivery available on UberEats and Deliveroo.
In the first dedicated poke restaurant on the Gold Coast, Morgan Walsh takes the idea of poke and reinvents it for the coast’s existing ingredient loves. ‘Breakfast pokes’ turn poke on its head, while the ‘All day poke’ menu contains more traditional versions along with vegetarian, chicken and karaage. The ‘Tuna me on’ is one of our favourites, mixed to order.
Finn Poke, Byron Bay, Pacific Fair Broadbeach and Burleigh Heads
Open for takeaway Mon-Sun, 11-8. Orders available through Finn Poke app. Delivery available on UberEats and Deliveroo.
‘This is how we bowl,’ says the neon one-liner in family-run Finn Poke’s shops. Not only using premium sustainable sashimi-grade seafood but also ‘curating’ each of their dozen signature bowls’ organic ingredients to achieve balance of flavour and texture, Finn Poke’s bowls include food for gut health and wellbeing served in recycled containers. You can also build your own bowl.
Raw + Rice, Coolangatta
Temporarily closed. Be sure to add to your “must visit” lists once current restrictions are lifted.
Raw + Rice places an emphasis on fresh, local, and sustainable ingredients, with a variable, flavour-packed menu enjoyed with a beach view. Offering five signature bowls based on sustainable seafood, chicken and tofu, plus a Build Your Own Bowl from the base of brown rice, sushi rice, quinoa or mixed greens adding ‘Protein, Freshness, Sauce and Crunch’, exceptional sauces make Raw + Rice a top choice.
Poke California, Circle on Cavill Surfers Paradise
Open for takeaway, Mon-Sun, 11.30-8. Delivery available on UberEats, Menulog and Deliveroo.
Poké California, the most price-competitive poke store, offers a range of about a dozen signature bowls or a ‘pick-your-own-ingredient’ choice. Building a bowl is a five-step process starting with a base of rice, green or seaweed salad, a protein such as sashimi-grade salmon and tuna, prawns, chicken or tofu, ‘mixers’ such as edamame or avocado, sauces and toppers such as crispy fried garlic and sesame seeds.
Hipoke, Kirra Beach
Open for takeaway Mon-Sun, 9-8. Phone orders welcomed on 0498 959 158. Delivery available on UberEats with a $5 discount available.
Located opposite the famous Kirra surf break, the beautiful shopfront Hipoke offers five bowl options of sashimi-grade fish, chicken or tofu accompanied by fresh ingredients and sauces, as well as a build-your-own-bowl option. There are some interesting ingredients her, including coconut rice, black rice and quinoa as bases, green tea or passionfruit sauces, and lotus chips as a topper (plus traditional elements). Juices, acai bowls and the like are available from 9am with Poke bowls starting from 10am.