Worth a visit, Aurora Andrus tries Ireland’s premier Pokè restaurant.
Every year a new food fad sweeps the world, and this year, the sushi craze known as Pokè has travelled from the islands of Hawaii to the streets of Dublin. The city’s first and only Pokè restaurant, called Klaw Pokè, opened on Capel Street this year. The food is complemented by the cool beach-inspired decor and reggae music. They have many items on their menu, including fresh oysters and lobster, but the stars are the Pokè bowls.
The fresh ingredients and vibrant colours make the Pokè bowl an Instagram-worthy lunch.
You can build your own bowl, starting with a base of brown or white rice, quinoa, or noodles. From there you choose your protein, sauce, and three toppings. My bowl not only looked beautiful but I could see that the ingredients were fresh. The salted pineapple added a sweet aspect, and the homemade kimchi was some of the best I’ve ever had. The fresh ingredients and vibrant colours make the Pokè bowl an Instagram-worthy lunch. As Klaw is the only Pokè bar around, there isn’t anyone else to compare it to. Luckily for them, any future competitors are going to need to work hard to beat them.
The only criticism for this place is that they have no menus on the tables. After sitting down, I realized I had no menu and was informed I had to go back to the menu on the wall (which cannot be seen from every table) and was recommended to take a picture of it with my phone so I could return to my table to order. The food is well worth the money, but for €12 a bowl, I would expect to have a menu to look at. Overall the food was delicious and the staff were friendly. I look forward to eating there again.