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.