Don’t know what poké bowls are? Neither did I until I visited The Poké Co in Claremont, Cape Town. (By the way, it’s pronounced poh-key. You’re welcome.)

If, like me, you’re getting tired of your go-to meals and you need some fresh flavour in your life, The Poké Co may be the answer. They offer customers a fast-casual dining experience, specialising in healthy and delicious poké and smoothie bowls, within a refreshing environment.

Don’t think restaurant. Think New York deli, but sparking-clean and fresh. The Poké Co on Dreyer Street in Claremont is a cute and quirky intimate eating spot with eight small tables inside, an outside ‘bar’ with four stools and an outdoor table for two.

Their salmon and mint colour scheme is energising and a nuanced take on the hackneyed seafood themes of other eateries. As a fan of ‘quirk’, I appreciated the cute salmon beach-themed print on their bench backrest, too.

Poke – By Lisa Aspeling

I invited my sister to experience our first Poké bowl together

She works close by and was intrigued to try out the latest health spot next door to Cavendish Square. She ordered the regular size Chick with a quinoa base (R75) made up of shredded chicken, pineapple, cucumber, carrot, red cabbage with ginger ponzu & miso tahini dressing and toasted macadamia nuts.

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Poke – By Lisa Aspeling

 

And I ordered the regular size Leeward with a sticky rice base (R110): salmon sashimi, cucumber, edamame, pickled beetroot, avocado with house ponzu and creamy togorashi dressing and toasted coco flakes. I loved every mouthful!

Poke – By Lisa Aspeling

Technically a poké bowl is just a salad, but it tastes way better than a salad

The ingredients are prepared and presented in a creative way, making it a beautiful eating experience, too.

The Poke Co in Claremont is founder Andrew Flanagan’s fourth store, “I discovered that poké has all the flavours we love in sushi, rediscovered in a unique, spontaneous and convenient way. I realised that it was missing from the seafood scene in Cape Town and felt it was an opportunity that I couldn’t miss out on!”

Poke – By Lisa Aspeling

 

If you’re looking for a snappy lunch with a colleague or a quick takeaway that leaves you feeling light and healthy, this is one new spot worth trying! As an avid Kauai fan, I have a feeling that this new kid on the block may be their new competition…

Poke – By Lisa Aspeling
Poke – By Lisa Aspeling
Poke – By Lisa Aspeling

 

 

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