Given the world's increasing obsession with fresh food and fitspo it's little wonder poké has become the dish du jour. What is surprising is that it's taken this long for the craze to arrive in the land of the long white cloud — especially given its Polynesian roots.
Virtually a movement in sun-kissed SoCal, poké is said to have become popular in the 1970s when Hawaiian fishermen would season and snack on the freshest cut-offs from their catch. Yet, while we absolutely love the nose-to-tail food philosophy, the poké of today has become a little more evolved.
Insert prolific state-side franchise Poké Bar, here to make these delicious morsels mainstream.
Conveniently positioned on the Ponsonby strip between Franklin and Collingwood, these guys have the recipe for a fast, fresh, delicious feed down pat. With more than 40 Poké Bar outlets operating across the United States, the new Ponsonby outpost is the brand's first foray across foreign waters.
Stepping over the threshold into the newly refurbished store, it's everything you expect from a chain, but don't let the predictable decor detract from the phenomenal flavours which await.
Serving up salmon, tofu and tuna two ways, there's only the freshest local fish (and chicken) on offer and punters best come in a decisive mood as there's plenty more choices to be made. Add crunchy salad, quinoa, white, brown or even green tea rice accompanied by an endless supply of sensational supplements (watermelon, pineapple, edamame) and a healthy serving of their infamous sriracha aioli.
With delectable protein bites marinated to perfection Poké Bar has quickly become a popular haunt for lunchtime treats right through to late night luxuries. Extra points are awarded for the 100 percent compostable packaging and utensils — and the Insta-endorsement from dreamboat David Beckham hasn't gone amiss either.