On Thursday evening, myself and Hannah went to the launch of Oké Poké in Manchester City Centre. I had been invited by one of the staff members on Twitter, and as soon as I heard Hawaiian food, I was massively intrigued.
Manchester’s food scene is becoming one of the best in the country in my opinion, and every time I go to the city, I hear of somewhere new to go – so Oké Poké is joining an ever-growing foodie vibe. With healthy eating becoming more and more desired in our busy schedules, I think that Oké Poké will fit in perfectly in this area.
The restaurant is on Church Street, in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, and is in a great location for those who just want something quick and healthy to eat, or a sit down lunch.
When we got there, I was surprised at how far back the restaurant went seen as it didn’t look that big from the outside, but it serves its purpose as being a takeaway joint. We were met by one of the staff members, who said to have one of the freshly squeezed juices; I went for orange, and Hannah went for grapefruit before moving on to the white wine (it was thirsty Thursday after all!) I noticed from the menu that they do all kinds of smoothies as well, which is good to bear in mind if you’re after a hangover cure!
I’ll admit that when I heard that the restaurant specialised in Poke, I wasn’t entirely sure what that was; but from speaking to the team, I learnt that it is traditional Hawaiian street food deemed as being more healthy than our western alternatives.
Poké itself translates to ‘chunk’ with the idea that the bowls are much like deconstructed sushi. With sushi being one of my favourite foods, I was keen to try it. We were offered the classic ahi (sushi rice, tuna, avocado, carrot, wakame, cucumber, spring onion, sesame seeds) another day in paradise (sushi rice, prawns, mixed leaves, cucumber, pineapple, red cabbage, tabiko, spring onion, tamarind sauce) and the teriyaki jack (black rice, free range chicken, radish, red cabbage, celery, edamame, coriander, spring onion, picked ginger, teriyaki sauce) all of which were delicious.
Although we only had samples of each of them, I did spot and Uber Eats driver come in and pick up one of the bowls which were stacked high full of fresh ingredients, which would set you back £7.95 – not the cheapest of lunches, but definitely worth it considering how much fresh produce was used – you also have the option of building your own bowl.
Unfortunately, because I don’t work in the city centre, I’m not sure when I’ll be able to get there next, but it will definitely be on my list of places to go for a slightly healthier, alternative lunch when I’m in the city centre.
I was invited to the launch event as a guest. Thank you to Oke Poke for the food and drinks. All views are my own.