Poké bowls (pronounced poh-kay) are a traditional Hawaiian dish of cubed, marinated fish served over a bed of seasoned rice and topped with an array of fresh and colourful toppings. Trendy and nutritious, these satisfying, healthy bowls are perfect for summer. Here are some of the best places to try poké bowls in London.
Honi offers takeaway and dine-in poké options at their flagship Soho store and their additional two branches across the city. They have five signature bowls, with a choice of salmon, tuna, tofu or, more interestingly octopus, and also offer a build your own option. Choose your protein option, a base of sushi rice, brown rice, salad leaves or veg, as many mix-ins and toppings as you like, and drizzle the whole thing with their delicious signature sauce.
This trendy, Californian-inspired poké bar transports you straight to the Pacific. Opened in Fitzrovia in summer 2016, the bowls proved so popular that they have now expanded throughout the city into several other locations. Ahi Poké gives fast-food a fresh and healthy twist, offering a combination of signature bowls as well as the option to build your own. The portions are hearty, and there is no limit to the amount of classic toppings when you build your own bowl, making this poké a great choice for a filling lunch.
This poké and matcha bar offers six flavour-packed signature bowls, as well as a build your own bowl option. If you’re not feeling rice, their courgette ribbons work really well as a lighter base option for your bowl. Their citrus and ponzu sauce is a real winner, and make sure you save space for moreish matcha soft serve ice cream. Tombo’s three locations across London are a little more expensive than other poké places, and have an additional charge when dining in. They have a relaxed salad bar at the front of the store, that leads through to a bright and tranquil restaurant space.
This poké bar started out on the street food scene of London before moving into their first venue in trendy Soho – since then, they have expanded throughout the city. Island Poké still has a casual, street food vibe with a few tables for those that want to sit in, making it the perfect option for a fast and healthy weekday lunch. Island Poké also collaborate with local restaurants and chefs to create some really exciting guest bowls, such as a partnership with Mac and Wild to create a Scottish-inspired poké bowl.
Black Roe is a Pacific-themed bar and restaurant specialising in Asian fusion dishes served in a slick and stylish manner. They have a section of the menu that is dedicated to poké, with six bowls on offer, and a poké bar in the restaurant’s front window ready to lure you in as you pass by. The portions are smaller, but this is in keeping with the sharing style concept of their a la carte menu. The poké at Black Roe may come with a higher price tag, but the quality of the fish and complexity of flavour really shines through.
Lords of Poké are taking their Hawaiian bowls to the streets at food markets across London, with permanent locations in Camden Market and Peckham Levels. They have a large and varied selection of house bowls, including two vegan options using tempeh not tofu, making them a little different to the typical veggie poké bowl. They also offer customisable poké bowls where you can choose from six different house proteins on a base of sushi rice, coconut brown rice, or courgetti, before customising with toppings from the bar.
This Richmond eatery serves made to order maki rolls and poké bowls. Expect beautiful bowls made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, and some truly impressive avocado art. You can build your own bowl, choosing from a base of white or brown rice, or greens, your protein of choice, a tasty selection of house sauces, and a generous four fillers and three toppings.
Inspired by LA, Polu Poké was one of the first places in London to showcase this Hawaiian delicacy, starting on the street food scene before moving to their permanent location. They offer a selection of poké bowls, poké rolls, and grab ‘n’ go options. Don’t miss the Twin Fin, a tuna and salmon poké topped with house pickles, spicy mayo and tobiko.