Manchester is getting much better at offering healthy options for eating out but there is always room for more and a good ‘to go’ restaurant where you can choose your own ingredients is still a little harder to come by. That was until we welcomed Oke Poke to the Northern Quarter last week.
Poke is Hawaiian street food which mixes diced raw fish, vegetables and various other bits that have been likened to deconstructed sushi. You can choose a classic poke bowl or design your own by adding a base, a protein, toppings, garnish and then a sauce. Either that or have it all wrapped into a Pokerito (or a burrito to you and me) for something a bit more substantial.
My favourite of the samples we tried was the Teriyaki Jack with chicken, black rice, radish, red cabbage, celery, edamame, coriander, spring onion, pickled ginger and teriyaki sauce. I love the unusual salad items and I am totally addicted to edamame so anything that includes them is a winner for me. The teriyaki sauce is sticky and sweet, making a usually healthy meal feel that little bit naughty.
The Lomi Lomi was also delicious with raw salmon, quinoa, cucumber, mango, celery, mixed leaves, spring onions, walnuts topped with pomegranate sauce. The salmon was wonderfully fresh, the mango and pomegranate sauce adding a fruity zesty twist. Who said healthy food has to be boring?
If you are not sure about whether you will like it I would recommend trying the Classic Ahi which is as close to deconstructed sushi as you will get. Raw tuna, sushi rice, avocado, carrot, wakame, cucumber, spring onion and sesame seeds drizzled with classic sauce which is slightly salty to combine the dish well.
You can wash your poke down with a smoothie, infusion or fresh juice to ramp up the health benefits that little bit more.
A poke bowl costs £7.95 which I think is reasonable for the fresh and high end ingredients that are used. You can find them on Church Street in the Northern Quarter and you will find me sat there enjoying my edamame.
I was invited to try Oke Poke as a guest and was not asked to pay for my food.