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Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Contents - MA­HALO POKÉ: BY ME­GAN MILLER

Hawai­ian health food at Ma­halo Poké.

POKÉ, the Hawai­ian diced-fish dish, is prov­ing more than just Mel­bourne din­ing’s sum­mer fling.

The food trend, an ode to healthy eat­ing, looks like lin­ger­ing, with poké grac­ing the menus of the city’s hippest han­gouts and now its very own ded­i­cated nosh­eries.

Ma­halo Poké opened in Rich­mond in Fe­bru­ary, a bricks-and-mor­tar site by the team from Bother­ambo, the win­ning Thai-viet­namese restau­rant just a few doors up.

Its open­ing fol­lows a suc­cess­ful take­away launch on UBEREATS last year.

And un­like other food fads such as freak­shakes, dough­nuts or cronuts, poké (pro­nounced poh-kay) is ac­tu­ally good for you.

Ma­halo looks the goods too, a spunky corner spot painted pas­tel pink and chan­nelling invit­ing, trop­i­cal vibes.

First-timers should look no fur­ther than the sig­na­ture poké bowls. Choose from one of seven or BYO (build your own) by pick­ing your base (kale, noo­dles or rice), pro­tein (seafood, chicken or tofu), top­pings and sauce.

The sal­mon bowl is fresh and vi­brant, with chunks of sashimi-grade fish sit­ting on top of a base of kale and soba noo­dles min­gled with corn, edamame, car­rot and cab­bage, all given an acid kick of ponzu and tahini.

If you’re feel­ing a bit naughty, carb up with The Big Kahuna, a burger piled high with but­ter­milk fried chicken, pineap­ple, ba­con and biting wasabi slaw.

Cool down with a Choc Nana smoothie of al­mond milk with maple, ca­cao, ba­nana and peanut but­ter, all tinged with cin­na­mon. Other drinks in­clude cold-brew cof­fees from Nic­colo, kom­bucha and Hawai­ian beer.

So if you want a fast food fix that won’t give your doc­tor a coro­nary, give Ma­halo a poke.

From top: av­o­cado on sour­dough, the pretty shopfront, and a clas­sic poké bowl.

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